One of the best things about traveling is meeting new people, and one of the best things about meeting new people is meeting folks who are down-to-earth and friendly and with whom you can relate.
Welcome to Clare Equestrian Centre and the owners Marie and John Burke.
Our hosts at Cahergal Farmhouse in Newmarket on Fergus in Co Clare recommended Clare Equestrain Cenre when our family of six adults wanted to go riding in Ireland. Experience levels ranged from total beginners to experienced trainer.
After signing the obligatory forms and getting fitted with helmets, we were questioned about our riding experience and six horses of suitable talents were brought into the large indoor arena.
It was a typical rainy Irish day, but we were dressed for the weather. After getting mounted and acquainted with our horses indoors, we went to an outdoor arena where Marie and John's son Brian joined us along with a Finnish student Elina. We were welcome to walk, trot, and canter around the arena, and take a jump if we wished. My oldest daughter Barbara (who is the horse trainer at home in Wyoming) and I jumped a little in the arena, then we all went out for a ride through the Irish countryside.
It was perfect, made only more memorable by the rain. Only problem was we didn't get many photos.
Brian led the way, and he and Barbara and I took some of the jumps next to the trail through the fields. At one point he and Barbara went cantering through a field and small wooded area and jumped several other jumps.
The less experienced folks stayed with Elina at a walk with the rest of us walked, trotted, and cantered, jumping occasionally.
Everyone was happy with the ride (experienced and beginners). After we dismounted in the indoor, we got a tour of the facility by John and Marie. We got to meet their world-class stallion Chippison, who competed under Marie at several top jumping events, including Achen. We also got to meet several of his offspring who were in training and are for sale. Someone is going to get an amazing athlete from the horses we saw! Troy was my favorite of Chippison's offspring, and Beth liked Jason. Barbara liked the stud's filly.
I hope anyone who travels in this part of Ireland stops in at Clare Equestrian Centre and takes a ride or a lesson.
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