Meet our Guide: Jenny Richardson

Castle & Estate Ride, Ireland

On the Castle and Estate Ride in Ireland, the magnificent equestrian centre is run by the wonderful Jenny Richardson. When it comes to keeping her equine charges in tip top condition and choosing the perfect horses for her guests, she’s a human dynamo. Read on to learn more about Jenny and her extremely enviable job.

How long have you been running the equestrian centre on our Castle and Estate Ride and what was the background/history/reason for starting?
I will have been at the Castle’s equestrian centre for seven years in April 2019. I guess my main reason for starting was that I needed and wanted a challenge, and I certainly got that! I loved the yard when I first saw it and thought I would settle in very well here. Having run yards in Belgium, Dubai, Scotland and Ireland, I thought this would be the next step for me.
I love working at the Castle and every single day is different. I think the main reasons the equestrian centre is so special are the horses and staff.

How many guest horses do you have?
38 horses.

Describe your herd of horses in four words:
Energetic, fun-loving, loyal, individual.

What is the philosophy or ethos behind your horse riding experiences?
The Castle Motto is ‘Grip Fast’!

What do you love most about your job?
I guess I love meeting different people. Everyone is different and every day is different.

What is the most challenging part?
Making sure everyone has a super super holiday!!!

Why should globetrotters sign up for this ride?
What isn’t there to love about the Castle? 1,000 acres, 25 miles of off-road riding and over 300 jumps! Plus super Irish horses and super hosts!

A tip that every globetrotter must know before signing up for this ride:
They need to be riding fit to get the most from their holiday.

Finish this sentence: Don’t leave home without…
Epsom salts and a big smile!

What has been the most memorable or significant moment of your guiding career?
One of Ireland’s top showjumpers doing a clinic at the Castle’s indoor arena and then riding out on the estate the following day!

For a closer look at our Castle and Estate Ride, click here.

Or click here to read up on Blueberry, one of the equine stars on this ride.