Hunting in Ireland, Exploratory RideGo Back
Get ready Globetrotters to button up your navy blazer, tighten your neckerchief, have your whiskey hip flask at the ready, and be part of an old-world horse sport tradition that dates back to the 19th century. That’s right, we’re going FOX HUNTING in the small country with a big reputation – Ireland. Fox hunting has been on my globetrotting bucket list (yes – it’s a long one!) for a long time, so I’m literally doing cartwheels that we can now offer this exploratory ride and that I can share it with you!
Let’s be honest, horses are in the Irish blood, and that’s what makes hunting in Ireland an extraordinary experience – don’t you agree? For me, it’s not about the hunt but more about being part of an age-old horse sport that dates back to a time where royalty would take to the fields on their finest sport horses. It’s rubbing shoulders with salt-of-the-earth Irish folk who you wouldn’t have the opportunity to meet if you weren’t astride a hunting horse chasing a pack of hounds.
I know this itinerary won’t resonate with you all, let’s face it, you’ll need pure guts and heart to take part, BUT, for others your heart will be beating faster at the thought of galloping across emerald green fields, feeling the gusto and power of your mount beneath you, and that inescapable feeling of FREEDOM when you’re pinging over a jump.
Rest assured, this itinerary is the perfect balance with three days of hunting with the infamous Galway Blazers who are known for their rambunctious spirit and welcoming nature. And the other riding days we’ll have the option to ride out on estates and cross-country jump on our host, Willie Leahy’s properties. You see, Willie Leahy was a field master for 30-years and is quite famous in these parts. Of an evening we’ll huddle into a cosy, atmospheric pub and exchange tall tales of hounds, horses and would-be heroes.
time in saddle: on average 4 to 5 hours per day
breed of horses: a mix of Connemara Ponies, Irish Draught/Hunters and Irish Sport Horses
type of tack: English all-purpose saddles
pace: the pace varies on a daily basis from a walk through to a canter when the terrain allows. Posting to the trot for long stretches is required only on hunts, whereas the pace at the equestrian centre is more relaxed.
riding ability: for the hunting element of the ride, it is recommended you be of intermediate to advanced ability, whereas riding at the equestrian centre can cater for all abilities.
weight limit: maximum of 100 kgs
group size: maximum 10 guests
seasons: while weekly riding at the equestrian centre is available from 1 October to 30 April, hunting is only available from mid-October through to the end of February each year.
accommodation: twin share accommodation in the Loughrea Hotel & Spa
ride length: 6 days, 6 nights
2018 departure date:
October 15 to 21, 2018 – SEVEN globetrotters booked
2018 ride rate:
€1580* per person twin share
Non-riders are welcome and will be charged at a rate of 50% of the ride price.
A single supplement charge of €100 will apply (subject to availability) for guests not wanting to share a room.
*The price includes all accommodation and food starting with lunch on day 1 and finishing with breakfast on the final day.
*The price does not include international or regional flights, travel insurance (compulsory), alcohol and accommodation/meals outside of the itinerary, hunting attire (compulsory for joining in the hunt) and cap fees for hunting – the first hunt is €150 then €120 for the second and €100 for the third. This is payable in cash direct to the Hunt Secretary.
Accepted payment is by credit card only. There is a 2% surcharge on all credit card payments. Since you’ll be paying in a foreign currency, in this case EURO, we believe paying via credit card is the most cost effective and easiest option for you.
Why is the price quoted in European Euro?
With our overseas riding destinations (rides other than in Australia), the currency is dictated by our partner in that country. Therefore due to fluctuating exchange rates we have to quote in the same currency.
Our hosts will be arranging a mini bus to take us from our hotel in Loughrea to the Equestrian Centre and/or the Hunt location each day. However, you will need to organise your own transportation to Loughrea on October 14 and 21, 2018. We recommend flying into Dublin airport and hiring a car to drive the 2 hours to Loughrea on October 14. If the thought of this is giving you a headache, let us know and we will see if we can tee you up with another globetrotter booked on this exploratory ride so you can share the cost of the hire car. You also have the option of flying into Galway but again, you will need to hire a car to make your way to Loughrea.Contact Us