Horse Training Clinic and Irish Cultural Experience

5.0 (3)
7 days 6 nights
Ireland
Difficulty
Moderate
Comfort
Basic+

Experience an extraordinary Horse Training Clinic paired with an unforgettable immersion into Irish culture alongside the esteemed equine trainer, Julie Goodnight!

We are delighted to welcome Julie back to the Farm, where she will once again lead training clinics in Ireland. Renowned globally in the equestrian community, Julie is a versatile rider and clinician renowned for her practical training programs suitable for riders of all levels and disciplines. Grounded in natural horsemanship, classical riding, and a deep understanding of equine behavior, Julie's methods are highly respected.

Whether you're a recreational rider, a competitive equestrian seeking an edge, or simply eager to learn from one of the world's foremost equestrian experts, this experience is an absolute must!

from US$ 4 142
per tourist for 7 days
Departing from
Galway
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Number of individuals
Only in the Horse Tours Club
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Photo Cathriona G.
Cathriona G. is the provider of this trip
The provider speaks: English
Competing from an early age, I took a break from competition during college years but my love for horses drew me back to invest in my first of six foundation that went on to breed many top class Connemara performance ponies over the past 15 years. With a strong belief that the Connemara pony is one that can be enjoyed by both children and adults, I now breed a larger type of Connemara pony to allow this versatility.

Tour highlights

Enjoy the Nature
Discover the untamed wilderness of Galway.
Meet the Local Breed
Ride in the company of your fun-loving Connemara Pony or friendly-faced Irish Draught Horse.
Learn from the Top Professionals
Trainer that is renowned for her practical training programs

Route details

Day 1
Galway to Curra Farm

Picking up from The Park House Hotel in Galway City at 11am, we will on Cáit’s luxury Mercedes coach to Moycullen, a village at the mouth of the Connemara region where we stop at local markets on the way. We will arrive at Curra Farm, our homestead and your home from home, for the next 4 nights! Before your riding adventure begins, you’ll have an opportunity to settle in, relax in your room, or take a walk around the farm to meet our herd of Connemara ponies, which we breed right here on the farm. Once you’ve settled in and enjoyed a wholesome, home-cooked Irish lunch, it’s time for a quick arena session with our instructor where we  familiarize you with both our tack and the English style of riding before being paired up with the Connemara Pony that will be your buddy for the duration of your trip.

Julie Goodnight and T Cody will take over with an introductory clinic. Our chef will be busy cooking a traditional Irish meal in the comfort of your home away from home. Afterward, relax on our boat-shaped deck or enjoy a glass of bubbly on the outdoor boat deck, taking in the blissful sound of the lakeside silence.

Day 2
Meandering forest trails and Aughanure Castle
Day 3
Winding forest trails and breath-taking views of Lough Corrib
Day 4
Glengowna Mines and the Twelve Bens
Day 5
Delicious oysters and the Connemara National Park
Day 6
The beauty of Clifden and Omey Island
Day 7
Departure
Difficulty
Moderate
Tour provider's comments

Walk, trot, canter (optional). We NEVER push riders out of their comfort zone.

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Accommodation

Comfort
Basic+
Guest House
4 nights
Hotel
2 nights
4 nights
Farm
2 nights
Hotel

Tickets to group meeting place

Group meeting place
Galway
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Included

  • accommodation;
  • meals (breakfast, lunch, and dinner);
  • guides;
  • meeting/dropoff point: The Park House Hotel, Galway;
  • luxury private coach including luggage transfers between accommodations.

Extras

  • flights;
  • insurance;
  • airport transfers: private transfers can be arranged.

Group size

up to 8 tourists

Duration

7 days
6 nights

It's important to know

Cancellation of booking
In case of booking cancellation the next policy applies: Tourists will receive a full amount they paid for the reservation in case they cancel more than 35 days in advance of the tour start date In the event of cancellation within the period of 34 to 16 days before the tour start date - they are entitled to receive 50% of the booking amount Cancelations made within 15 days before the tour starts will not be entitled to a refund.

Tour reviews

5.0
Based on 3 reviews
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    Denise
    5 Sep, 2023
    about provider
    Your search for the ultimate dream vacation ends here - you're staring right at it. Without a doubt, this has been the most incredible experience of my life! Exploring Ireland on this tour is hands down the best way to do it. I found myself overcome with tears of joy multiple times as I beheld the breathtaking countryside from atop Henry's back - who, by the way, was an absolute gem, especially for someone like me with limited riding experience. From Cait's exceptional team to the remarkable horses, every aspect of this experience surpassed all expectations. If you're seeking to truly immerse yourself in Ireland, venturing beyond the tourist hotspots and pubs (though those were certainly enjoyable too!), then this is the definitive way to go about it. I'll forever cherish the memories of this wonderfully enriching experience and I assure you, you won't regret embarking on this journey.
    5 Sep, 2023
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    Emma
    15 Aug, 2023
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    My time spent with Cáit was truly incredible. Cáit is an exceptional individual with a delightful sense of humor, and she takes immense pride in ensuring her guests' happiness. Not only did she graciously guide us through the stunning landscapes on her charming ponies, but she also enriched our journey with insights into the area's rich history. From exploring castles and visiting a sheep farm to immersing ourselves in traditional music at a local shop and attending the Dublin Horse Show, every moment was unforgettable. Cáit and her team, including Brian, Sabdh, and Aoifa, exhibit remarkable care and kindness towards their horses. They possess an intimate understanding of each horse's personality quirks, preferences, and needs, ensuring they are well-cared for in every aspect. I wholeheartedly recommend booking a trip with Cáit - it's an experience you'll treasure forever!
    15 Aug, 2023
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    Rebecca
    14 Aug, 2023
    about provider
    From the moment we set foot on the Farm, we sensed the promise of an extraordinary experience. Cait and her highly skilled, amiable team lived up to every expectation. Their dedication to their ponies is evident; each one exuded vitality and readiness to accompany a guest. The atmosphere was one of jubilance and vitality, fostering a happy and thriving environment. Off the saddle, Cait and her trusty companions lead captivating journeys into Irish culture, enriching our understanding of the land. For those considering the 2024 tour, we suggest arriving in Galway in time for a day at the renowned Galway Races (Galway Race Week). Moreover, allocate an extra day in Dublin for a walking tour of the city and, if possible, attend the exhilarating Dublin Horse Show on Friday evening. Our vacation surpassed all expectations!
    14 Aug, 2023

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