Dartfield Equestrian Centre and Aille Cross Equestrian Centre - Equestrian holidays during mild Irish winter

Dartfield / Aille Cross Country Trail

Horse Riding Holidays all year around - Cross Country, Trail Riding, Hunting and Riding Lessons
This equestrian holidays in Ireland are also recommended during the mild Irish winter

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Dartfield / Aille Cross Trail with Willie Leahy

Hunting with the Galway Blazers

Cross Country

Huntig with the Galway Blazers


Dartfield - Show Jumping

Cross Country Riding

Horse Riding Dartfield - Irelands Horse World



We meet you:
Dartfield Equestrian Centre
Horse Museum
Kilrickle, Loughrea,
Co. Galway
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Your host at Dartfield and Aille Cross is the legendary Irish horseman, Willie Leahy, who is known throughout the world for his famous Connemara and Coast trails.

This superb riding holiday takes place all year around 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 pony.

The 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.

The 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.

One 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.

Accommodation for the week is at the friendly local hotel, Loughrea Hotel & Spa 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.


Riders can enjoy the equestrian holidays at Dartfield and Aille Cross for a week, or just a few days. We will always be delighted to tailor make a holiday to meet your requirements.
You are invited to spend some days with us at Dartfield Equestrian Center and Horse Museum. For beginners and advanced riders are Lessons and Training for Dressage and Show Jumping available.

This 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.

The 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 the museum.

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 with us. 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 at the Dartfield Equestrian Centre. Lunch will be in our Cafe here at Dartfield and you have the chance to visit the only Museum in Ireland dedicated to irish horses / ponies and  Dog Breeds and browse our Tack and Gift Shop.
The afternoon is again spent riding here at Dartfield, going out hacking and jumping before it is time to say good bye to your four leged friend.

Aille Cross Equestrian Centre
Connemara Trails
Loughrea, Co. Galway

Dartfield Equestrian Centre
Horse Museum
Kilrickle, Loughrea, Co. Galway

Tel. No. 091 843968
Fax No. 091 843969
From Europe:
Tel. No. 00353 91 843968
Fax No. 00353 91 843969
From U.S. and Canada:
Tel. No. 011 353 91 843968
Fax No. 011 353 91 843969


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