International young riders have been coming to Mullingar every summer since 1992. This is the ideal opportunity for the horse loving teenager to improve his/her riding and their knowledge and care of horses, and to have fun in a friendly, safe and open environment, surrounded by horses and equestrian activity.
The students ride between 09.00 and 12.30 each morning, and follow a progressive program of flatwork and jumping, as well as hacks, games and cross country.
English language classes take place in the afternoons. English language practice is an important part of the program. All of the activities are conducted through English, and the students are encouraged to engage in English language conversation. Their comprehension, and their ability to speak and ask questions, all improve as a consequence.
Show jumping and cross country are our specialities, and at Mullingar we make it feel so easy!
Beginners quickly become confident, novices make rapid progress, and intermediates and open riders learn the finer points.
There is a weekly ‘training show’ open to everyone each Friday at the equestrian centre, and our guests participate as part of their holiday program.
Our guests may also register with ‘Show Jumping Ireland’ whilst here on holiday and take part in the registered Shows.
We recommend that students come for at least two weeks, or longer if possible.
Option 1 | English Language Tuition and Horseriding
(15 hours English and 15 hours horse riding/week)
Three hours of English each afternoon, Monday to Friday. Our English program includes one hour of grammar revision, followed by an hour of conversational English and an hour of games through English. Students are encouraged to choose the topics for discussion e.g. equestrian vocabulary, sports, Irish culture and food, etc. The English lessons are taught by a university trained teacher with a qualification in English language teaching (TEFL) and many years teaching experience.
Mullingar Equestrian Center offers excellent facilities, horses and instruction to enable the rider to learn to ride with style and confidence. Instruction is pupil centred, and designed to progress the rider on from his/her present level. The students are assessed on their first morning and, following assessment, the instructors construct a program of lessons and pleasure riding according to the students’ riding level and their interests.
The centre accommodates a maximum of 20 students, but numbers are more typically 12-15. We get to know all of our students individually, and it is our objective that every one of them has a happy and beneficial stay.
Two week courses for 2019 will start on the following dates –
Students arrive on a Sunday and depart on Saturday
Holiday 1: 30 June to 13 July (Fully Booked)
Holiday 2: 14 to 27 July (Fully Booked)
Holiday 2a: 21 July to 3 August (Places available)
Holiday 3: 28 July to 10 August (includes one day at Dublin Horse Show) (Places available)
Price €1850 (2 weeks)
One week option €950, three weeks €2550, four weeks €3400
Airport transfers €200 Dublin airport return.
Option 2 | Intensive Riding Courses
These courses are aimed at the more advanced rider who have their own horses and are already competing in show jumping competitions, or who do not require to join in English lessons. Starting dates for intensive weekly courses
June 16, June 23
Price €1125 for 7 days
Airport transfers €200 Dublin airport return.
Generally our guests like to chill out before their evening meal after which our staff will organise some of the following activities. Supervised evening activities include tennis, basketball, table tennis, videos & barbecues. Other off site options are cinema (€10), swimming (local indoor pool), pitch and putt & horse racing. There is also a Jacuzzi and Sauna to relax tired muscles after your fun filled day!
Assessments and Certificates
At the end of the week there is an assessment, followed by a prizegiving and presentation of certificates. Each student will receive a Certificate of Achievement in accordance with their performance during the week.
From our Visitor Book –
“Thank you so much for the great experience, above all for the cross country! Awesome!” – Francesca & Leonardo, Genoa, Italy
“Thank you for everything, it was even better than last year. I love ‘Lucy’ so much, I’ll miss her” – Anais, Paris, France
“Amazing … I loved it so much I’m coming back next year, and I’m taking ‘Henry’ again’!” – Lila, Paris, France
“I had a great experience, just like last year!! I will come back again” – Patricia, Bilbao, Spain
“As I said last year, I have returned and yes it was amazing. Awesome horses and people. Thanks for everything and see you next year” – Belen, Madrid, Spain
“I had a great time and I hope I come back next year” – Ana Diaz, Madrid, Spain
“This week was a lot of fun. I loved meeting new people from different parts of Europe” – Klaudia, USA
“Thank you very much for your hospitality and these wonderful two weeks” – Yasser, Cairo, Egypt
“Thank you for this week. I had a lot of fun and I met a lot of incredible persons” – Anastasia, Switzerland
BOOK NOW FOR 2019 – Email firstname.lastname@example.org or Tel +353 4493 48331
What to bring
- Riding Boots – short or long boots or shoes with a raised heel (runners are not permitted)
- Riding Helmet – to current standards or you can borrow one from the centre
- Body Protector – for Show-jumping and crosscountry
- Riding gloves and whip optional
- Jodhpurs / breeches
- T-shirts / longsleeve tops
- Warm jumpers
- Rain Jackets – essential in Ireland!
- Swimsuit for the Jacuzzi or the local pool
- Tennis shoes/Runners for tennis and sports
- Evening clothes – tracksuit/jeans etc
- Toiletries – Shampoo, Toothbrush etc.
- EHIC European Health Insurance Card (available free from your local health centre)
- Pocket Money for Sunday excursion to Dublin
There is a washer and dryer in the centre, and we will organise a clothes wash every few days, so only pack enough clothes to last you the duration of your stay.
Towels and bedlinen are provided.