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Easter Pony Camps at Dunbyrne Equestrian!

Easter Pony Camp 2019!

Can you believe its March already? We are delighted that many of you have been in contact to ask about Easter camps. .We are delighted to announce that we will run two camps at Dunbyrne Equestrian. 

Dates:

We will run camps on the dates listed below. Camps run from Tuesdays through to Fridays from 10am to 4pm. 

 

  • Tuesday 16th April to Friday 19th April - All levels, beginners welcome

  • Tuesday the 23rd April to Friday the 26th April - All levels, beginners welcome

Times:

Pony camp runs from 10am to 4pm. Campers should aim to be on time each day. Campers must be collected before 4.15pm each day. 

Age:

Children must be aged six years or older to attend pony camp.

What to wear:

We can and will provide a hat of approved standard and a back protector free of charge for use during riding lessons. We have a limited number available. We ask that you wear boots with a heel, a long sleeved top and jodphurs / breeches / thick tracksuit bottoms. 

What to Bring:

Campers should bring a change of clothes, waterproofs and a packed lunch. 

What happens at pony camp?

Tuesday to Thursday - campers will ride twice a day, take stable management lessons where they will learn how to look after their pony and will enjoy games and activities. Riding lessons will comprise of flat work and jumping . We will also have an Easter egg hunt during the week and will help the children to create customised horse shoes that they can take home.

On the Friday we will have an Easter themed show where campers will get their ponies ready before show casing their skills over a course of fences / obstacles in the afternoon followed by a prize giving. Easter dress will be encouraged and face painting will be available. We would encourage parents and guardians to come and watch the show if possible. 

Costs:

Pony camp costs €130 per child per week. Discounts are available for siblings - €120 per child per week. A €30 deposit must be paid a month in advance to secure places. 

Levels:

We welcome all levels for pony camp.

Where we have a mixture of levels in pony camp we will cater to those levels and will split classes where we have quantities to do so. While we welcome advanced riders our ponies are riding school ponies and therefore any jumping will take place over an appropriate height. 

Booking:

To book a place on Pony Camp please email us - dunbyrnestud@gmail.com and advise us of the following information - campers age / height / weight, campers level of riding experience, and which camp you would like to do. A €30 booking deposit will be required in advance to secure your booking. Places are limited so please book soon. 

 

Dunbyrne Riding School - FAQ

Dunbyrne Equestrian Centre

We run an onsite AIRE approved riding school at our equestrian centre in Kildare. Our riding school is separate to our livery yard and has it's own tack room, barn and all weather arena. Our lessons are taught by BHS (British Horse Society) approved instructors who have a wealth of experience and provide a professional and friendly learning environment. 

We are located ten mins from Kilmeague / Milltown and approx twenty from Kildare / Newbridge / Rathangan / Naas / Prosperous / Allenwood / Clane. 

Our FAQ will tell you everything you need to know about taking lessons with us. 

When do you run riding lessons for children?

We run riding lessons for children during the week after school and at weekends. We have limited availability at present in the following classes:

  • Wednesday and Thursday at 3.30pm - Beginner children

  • Wednesday and Thursday at 4.30pm - Novice Children

Our weekend classes are almost currently all fully booked but if you email us (dunbyrnestud@gmail.com) we can let you know what is available and add you to our waiting list. 

What age do you teach children from?

Children must be aged six years or older to take riding lessons with us. We cannot take children younger than this for lessons. 

When do you run riding lessons for adults?

Our adult group lessons take place on Wednesday evenings. We run beginner / Novice adult at 6.30pm and novice / advanced adult at 7.30pm. These lessons are a great way to meet like minded people and to unwind after a busy day at work. 

For beginners who are not yet ready to ride off the lead we offer private lessons on a Wednesday or Thursday between 10am and 2pm and on a Friday between 10am and 4pm

Do you do private lessons?

We have limited availability for private lessons for adults mid week (see above). Please contact us by email to enquire about this. For advanced adults we can offer private lessons with our BHSI at the weekends.

How much do lessons cost?

A group lesson costs €25 per person per hour. We also sell blocks of lessons where you can purchase up front. These blocks cost €125 for a block of six or €200 for a block of ten. 

A private lesson costs €50 per hour. 

What do I need to wear?

Please wear either jodhpurs, breeches, tracksuit bottoms or thick leggings. Jeans should not be worn. Please wear long sleeves and either, riding boots, wellies or boots with a sturdy heel. Long hair must be tied back and no jewellery (aside from wedding ring and small stud earrings) may be worn for safety reasons. Hoodies / sweatshirts with a hood cannot be worn. In the Winter time we would recommend to wear gloves. We have a selection of hats and back protectors that clients can use for their lesson. We also have a supply of riding boots in limited sizes which may be used.  

Do lessons go ahead in all weather?

We are based in Ireland and so expect all sorts of weather throughout the year. Our lessons go ahead unless it is unsafe to ride or the surface is frozen or flooded. If lessons cannot go ahead for any reason we will let clients know in plenty of time. Please in wet weather wear appropriate clothing - nothing waterproof is ever wasted in Ireland!

Cancellations:

We understand that sometimes life gets in the way and our clients may have to cancel. This is not a problem but out of courtesy to our staff and instructors we would ask for 24 hours notice of a cancellation otherwise a cancellation fee may apply. 

How do I book a lesson?

To book a lesson please send an email to dunbyrnestud@gmail.com including the following information:

  • The name of the rider

  • Level of riding experience

  • Approx weight and height for horse / pony assignment

  • Contact number

  • The lesson you wish to book into.

  • Any other information you feel is relevant.

Do you do leasing / loaning of ponies?

We do not provide leasing or loaning of ponies for clients. We do however have a livery yard onsite and if you have your own horse or pony we would be happy to discuss livery options with you.

Do you do trekking?

We don't do trekking. However when weather permits we include riding in the woods and / or in our cross country field into our lessons and pony camps. 

Do you run camps?

Yes we do. Our next camp will run at Easter - like us on Facebook to keep up to date with all our news and forthcoming events. 

Instructors:

All of our instructors are BHS qualified, have been Garda vetted and have completed child protection and first aid training. 

Registration:

On your first day with us, you will be asked to complete an AIRE (Association of Irish Riding Establishments) form for yourself and your child. This form advises us of any key information about the rider and ensures that we have emergency contact details. 

 

 

AIRE Test Success for Dunbyrne Riding School

Last Saturday 18 of our riding school pupils took their first AIRE (association of Irish Riding Establishment) tests at Dunbyrne Riding School. The pupils, trained by our yard manager Michelle Leonard were tested on the day by Ross O'Hare (BHSI) riding either their own ponies or our riding school ponies.

Michelle does an amazing job of helping all of our pupils to develop and learn and the AIRE tests show the progression they all have made. All of the proud pupils received AIRE certificates from Dunbyrne Riding School. We celebrated afterwards with a barbecue in the yard where everyone enjoyed Len's legendary cooking skills. 

Foundation D Test recipients. 

Alex Noonan, L:aura Kavanagh, Blanaid Sharpe and Hallie Cullen

Foundation C Test recipients.

Molly Dunne, Amy Carty, Beth Dempsey, Martha WIlliams, Hanna Groves, Sinead Davitt, Lauren Power and Sive Murphy

Foundation B Test recipients.

Jessica Dunne, Jessica McBride, Ciaran Carty, Sienna Laffan, Gemma Carter, Alimay Conroy, 

 

 

Dunbyrne Riders enjoy Newbridge College Show

On Sunday the 7th May our lorry travelled to Newbridge College Show in Newbridge, Co. Kildare. The lorry was filled with excited junior riders from Dunbyrne's livery yard and riding school along with well turned out horses and ponies that these riders had spent hours getting ready to shine.

The riders competed in a variety of derby and showjumping classes at the show and were delighted to bring home lots of rosettes. Hannah Groves and her bay pony Brogan took third place in the 60cm performance class. Sive Murphy and her new pony, dun gelding "Whats it all about" aka Cooper claimed second place in the 50cm performance. Lucy and Lola Gabor competed with their ponies Bubbles and Rosie. Chestnut gelding Bubbles delighted Lucy by winning the 40cm performance class while big sister Lola competed in the 80cm derby with her bay mare Rosie. 

Laura Kavanagh and bay gelding Bobby also competed in the 80cm derby taking it all in their stride. Blaithnaid Sharpe competed on board chestnut mare Flame in the 60cm performance and the pair took 4th place. Tabitha Walsh took 6th place in the 70cm performance class competing with her chestnut gelding Revery. 

Instructor and Dunbyrne Riding School manager Michelle Leonard was at the show to guide and advise her pupils on the day while Dunbyrne Equestrian owner Len O'Hare kept everyone well fed. Both were very proud of both the riders and ponies and their excellent performances and achievements. With the show wrapping up, the lorry was filled with tired happy riders with lots of rosettes bringing their ponies home for a well earned rest the next day.  

Our AIRE (Association of Irish Riding Establishments) approved riding school, based in Kilmeague, Co. Kildare offers group and private lessons for adults and for children aged 7 years +. If you and / or your child would like to learn to ride, give Michelle a call at 085 8059529

 

 

Red for Suzanne & Revery

A number of our clients travelled to Coilog this Sunday 30th April to compete in riding club in the latest leg of the Kavanaghs of Newbridge dressage league and the Linda Moore showjumping league. Jenny Brennan Hannigan and Rachel O'Sullivan competed in the advanced primary dressage with Papa Smurf (Harry Potter) and Firones Spear (Belle). Ellen Merrins had a great first day out showjumping and dressage with her bay gelding Pepper. Suzanne Walsh earned herself another league win taking first place in the primary dressage class. Suzanne was competing on board her chestnut gelding Revery. 

Dunbyrne Riding Club will host a leg of the Kavanaghs of Newbridge dressage league here at Dunbyrne Equestrian in Kilmeague on Sunday the 21st May. If you are interested in practicing your test in advance and receiving feedback and advice from our BHSI on how to achieve maximum marks on the day, we can organise a private or group session - give Ross a call at 086 2222440

 

Pony Rides at Punchestown

Ross was at Punchestown Racecourse this weekend with his team of helpers to give pony rides at the family fun day. This was a really busy day and several hundred children enjoyed a spin on board our riding school ponies Alistair, Cooper, Barney and Archie. These ponies are well trained and very quiet and didn't bat at eyelid at the busy funfair rides beside them or the bright face paint on many of the children! There were some very brave two and three year olds who were delighted to sit in the saddle for the first time.

We are very proud of our team of helpers who are great ambassadors for Dunbyrne Riding School and who made sure that every child had great fun. If you met us at Punchestown and would like to speak to us about starting riding lessons for you and / or your children at our AIRE approved riding school, give us a call on 0858059529 / 086 2222440.