host at Aille Cross is the legendary Irish horseman, Willie
Leahy, who is known throughout the world for his famous Connemara
and Coast trails.
superb riding holiday takes place from October to April
amidst some of the most beautiful countryside that County
Galway is famous for. It is a land of rolling hills and
green fields, divided by a latticework of stone walls and
quiet country roads. It is a land rich in folklore, legend
and archaeological treasures all waiting to be explored
on the back of an Irish hunter or a pure-bred Connemara
varied terrain includes the Slieve Aughty mountains and
large tracts of woodland. On the trail there are opportunities
to jump a large variety of natural obstacles, hedges, ditches
and of course the walls for which County Galway is famous.
All of these can be avoided if you would rather not jump.
We would be delighted to custom design a programme for you
that includes as much or as little jumping and instruction
as you like.
trail provides riding and jumping at a pace that can be
varied to suit riders of different abilities. Willie Leahy
is famous for matching horse and rider to ensure that your
holiday is as enjoyable as possible.
of the highlights for more advanced riders and for those
wanting to improve their jumping skills is the Dartfield
event course. The course was professionally designed to
accommodate riders and horses of all levels from novice
to advanced. An international three day 2 star event has
been held at the course since 2004 attracting riders from
all over the world, including America and Europe. As well
as the international standard fences, there are plenty of
natural and man made fences that any rider will enjoy jumping.
for the week is at the friendly local hunting hotel, O'Dea's
in nearly Loughrea, or at family run b&b's. During the
day a simple picnic lunch is eaten with plenty of tea and
hot port on hand. The evening meal is taken at a variety
of friendly restaurants in the Loughrea area.
can enjoy the trail at Aille Cross for a week, or just a
few days. We will always be delighted to tailor make a holiday
to meet your requirements.
itinerary is only a sample of what is available for riders.
As this is a working farm riders sometimes have the opportunity
to help with an exciting horse, cattle or sheep drive, a
necessity for farming in this area.
week begins on Monday with a ride through the forest to
Killnadema, where riders have an opportunity to jump small
obstacles while the guide assesses their ability. There
is plenty of jumping for those who want to, but it must
be stressed that all obstacles can be avoided.
On Tuesday riders can either hunt with the famous Irish hunt the Galway
Blazers or ride to Knock Ash and jump on the farm land surrounding
Aille Cross. Willie Leahy has been field master of this
pack for over a decade, so riders are given a great introduction
to this exciting sport.
On Wednesday the ride begins at Dartfield - Ireland's Horse World, Willie
Leahy's latest venture. Here there are 350 acres of rolling
parkland with a superb cross country course for riders to
jump. The visit to the course is the highlight of many visits
to Aille Cross. Lunch is eaten at Dartfield after which
riders have the opportunity to look around the only museum
in the world to be dedicated to the Irish horse. The afternoon
is spent riding and jumping on the farmland surrounding
On Thursday riders can hunt again, or ride to Killnadema where there
are natural obstacles and stone walls to jump. After lunch,
riders will enjoy a hack through a large area of forestry
where there are plenty of opportunities for fast gallops
along woodland tracks.
Friday is spent at Dartfield again. There is another opportunity
to try your skill over the event course. Those not wishing
to jump can ride through the farmland around the museum
and beyond into the surrounding area.
Saturday is the final day of your stay at Aille Cross. The Galway
Blazers meet on a Saturday, so those who are foxhunting
will join Willie for an exciting hunt with this popular
pack. Those who are not hunting will ride around Aille Cross.
Riders will be surprised at how much their confidence and
ability has increased during the week under the guidance
of our professional tutors. After lunch there is a final
opportunity to ride around the beautiful farmland surrounding
Aille Cross, before it is time to say goodbye to the horses
that have been your faithful companions during the week.
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