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Dartfield

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Kilreekle, Loughrea, Ireland
+353 91 843 968
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Everything about horses

If You want to horseride, have some good talks about horses and ponies, look at some equestrian... read more

Reviewed 5 days ago
clausneugebauer
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Bad Schwalbach, Germany
Wonderful Experience

My friend and I decided to make a trip out to Ireland since we'd been wanting to do a horse riding... read more

Reviewed 19 February 2018
MeganInTokyo
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Redondo Beach, California
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Dartfield is located just off the M6 Dublin - Galway and offers horse riding for all levels of ability. Whether it is your first time on a horse/pony or you want to improve your skills as an experienced rider, we will look after you. You can challenge yourself in our Cross-Country Course or just relax on a trek through our forest and farmland. Tuition for Dressage and Jumping and preparation for Shows in our Sand arena are also available. Pre-booking needed for riding. Come and relax in our cafe and browse our Tack/Gift Shop. Non riders can try themselves in Clay Pigeon shooting or Archery (pre booked).You can also visit the only museum in Ireland dedicated to the Connemara Pony and Irish Horse.Discover how the Connemara Pony and Irish Horse played an integral role in Ireland's culture throughout time. See old farming methods and how live was in old cottages back in those times and how to endure the famine. Since last year Master Blacksmith, Stephen Quinn, has his modern and fully functional workshop set up here at Dartfield. You can watch him working and learn about his craftmenship. For groups we can also arrange presentations from Dave O'Reilly presenting the Irish Chariot live and David Swift who brings the Medieval times, Tudor times as well as the 1916 Independence War back to life. Contact us to make an arrangement.
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Kilreekle, Loughrea, Ireland
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+353 91 843 968
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Reviewed 5 days ago

If You want to horseride, have some good talks about horses and ponies, look at some equestrian antiques, have a look. If You have the chance talk to the owner Willy, the greatest Connemara pony breeder in the world, Enjoy his experience and his Irish...More

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Reviewed 19 February 2018 via mobile

My friend and I decided to make a trip out to Ireland since we'd been wanting to do a horse riding trip out of the country for a while, and we both take lessons and love jumping. We spent a week in Loughrea, which was...More

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Dartfield, Manager at Dartfield, responded to this reviewResponded 21 February 2018

Thank you so much for your detailed and lovely review. It was great fun having you here and if you ever come back to this part of the world, maybe in Summer time :) I promise it will be a bit warmer - or lets...More

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Reviewed 20 January 2018 via mobile

Willie Leahy is a true hall of fame rider and trainer. For the fox hunter you can do no better than to hunt with the Galway Blazers on a horse provided by dartfield ( Willie). He can also help you select a horse for owning....More

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Dartfield, Manager at Dartfield, responded to this reviewResponded 23 January 2018

Thank you so much for your lovely words. We were delighted to have you here. Hugs from Willie x

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Reviewed 3 December 2017 via mobile

Willie and his staff are just legends. The facility is fascinating and the grounds are gorgeous. My wife came to ride in several hunts. She had the time of her life and wants to trade me in for the horse she rode. I barely ride...More

Thank Ryan S
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Dartfield, Manager at Dartfield, responded to this reviewResponded 6 December 2017

Hi Cil, Hi Ryan thank you so much for your lovely words. It was a pleasure having you here with us. Such lovely people. Hope the hunt coat arrived in time before Christmas. Have a wonderful Christmas and we wish you all the best for...More

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Reviewed 21 August 2017 via mobile

On the 20/8 I had a fabulous experience visiting Dartfield Horse Museum. The facility has all the requirements for tour groups, large access for buses, excellent coffee shop, museum and toilet facilities. All the staff were knowledgeable and helpful. Looking forward to returning! Desmond Phelan

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Reviewed 3 June 2017

I've been there 35 times and I love it. The horses are so sure footed jump everything and Willie Leahy is a real irish horseman who is the owner of this wonderful place and the biggest connemara breeder in the world. Also horse hire for...More

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Reviewed 30 November 2016

This was a return visit for me in order to ride again with Willie Leahy, owner of Dartfield, an equestrian center which provides cross country riding/jumping and fox hunting opportunities. Willy is a horseman extraordinaire! He and his staff were very accommodating and the horses...More

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Reviewed 31 October 2016

Great horseriding - lovely horses, handy location, friendly staff and the museum is worth a look. Nice choice of fences for those to want to jump.

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Reviewed 30 October 2016

This vacay of a lifetime was incredible-- riding in a fox hunt, riding 6 hours a day, jumping cross country every day--all different jumps on all different horses. Not for the inexperienced but the funnest thing you'll EVER DO if you ARE experienced. The museum...More

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Reviewed 2 September 2016

Went here because my husband is into horses and blacksmiting. It was a nice visit. The museum is a bit run down but was interesting none the less. We didn't go horse riding so i'm sure that would have made it more intriguing. A little...More

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