Summer Riding Week

Children and Young Riders

Summer Riding Week 

At Oakwood Stables we welcome you to our AIRE approved riding centre. During these long summer days we will work on improving your flatwork, showjumping and cross-country in a fun and friendly atmosphere.


Daily Riding Classes
Morning and afternoon rides will be approximately 1 ½ hours duration, and will include instruction on the flat, an introduction to showjumping and cross country, depending on riders experience and confidence. For younger or less experienced riders we will have an introduction to all disciplines over the week, a hack in the nearby forestry and of course some pony club games.

Please choose from the following courses according to your riding experience.

Course A
Best suited to advanced riders who are already confident and competently jumping 80cms/90cms in showjumping and cross country.

Course B
For the intermediate level riders who have good balance and are happy to jump 60cm/70cms.

Course C
This is for advanced beginner and novice level riders who are just learning to jump small obstacles.

This is how your riding week will look.

Arrive Sunday 
On arrival at Oakwood Stables you will be welcomed by a staff member and helped to settle in. Depending on time of arrival you may slot into the daily timetable, have some lunch or an evening meal and have a chat with Amanda and family to plan for the coming week.

Monday to Friday timetable

  • 08.30 Breakfast
  • 09.30 Prepare to ride, each session begins with a tack/equipment safety check
  • 09.30 On day 1, each rider will be assessed and matched with a suitable pony/horse
  • 10.30 Morning ride
  • 12.00 Return to stable, care for ponies, groom, hay and water
  • 12.30 Lunch
  • 13.30 Stable management, riders will be taught how to prepare their own pony, check and clean equipment, develop a sense of responsibility and respect for their own safety, and for the comfort and well being of their equine companion. 
  • 14.30 Afternoon ride
  • 16.00 Return to stable, groom, hay and water, clean tack and put away all equipment
  • 17.00 Rest and recuperation, a chance to shower and change before evening meal
  • 18.00 Home cooked meal to be enjoyed all together in the kitchen 


Evenings & Weekends
A choice of things to do in the evenings, depending on the weather, sports, games, barbecues, music, song and dance always plenty to do. On Friday’s we will have some fun competitions and prize giving. Avail of a full day tour to one of many scenic locations or enjoy a local shopping trip or perhaps visit a local horse/pony show. 

Situated in the very garden of Ireland, we welcome students to stay in our farmhouse or guest lodge. Bedrooms with en-suite or adjoining bathrooms, meals will be enjoyed in our country kitchen, and relaxation in the family room. If you love all things equine, good food, atmosphere and the great outdoors we are sure you will have a fantastic time.

Price €1,195 per week (Sunday to Sunday)
Airport transfers are additional, see booking form for details.

Itineraries are subject to small changes in the best interest of our students.

Our Programs

Learn To Ride
Riding lessons in a fun and safe environment

Our learn to ride programmes are suitable for individuals of all ages that are interested in learning how to ride.

Learn with Weekly Riding Lessons
Children and Junior Riders

Lessons can be booked privately or as part of a group. Group lessons are maximum of 4 to ensure individual attention.

Summer Riding Week
Children and Young Riders

At Oakwood Stables we welcome you to our AIRE approved riding centre. During your stay we will work on improving your skills, general pony care and stable management. Our riding centre is located south of Dublin in what is described as the 'Garden of Ireland'.

Summer Special Stages
Intermediate & Advanced Riders

This course is for the more advanced rider with a view to enhancing competition performance.