County Wicklow offers a wide variety of riding establishments to deal with beginners, children and more advanced riders.  One can expect to pay between €20 and €40 for an hour long horse riding session.  There are a number of riding centres offering trekking, group lessons, private lessons, children’s lessons and cross-country.

The Beginner Rider

Feeling brave and have a curiosity for the equine lifestyle?  Why not learn to ride in Wicklow.  Wicklow offers a large selection of riding centres that cater for the novice rider providing private or group lessons where you can learn the sport in your own time.  Does your child want to take up a hobby that can last them a lifetime? Riding schools in the county specialise in children’s lessons.
Here is a list of some of the popular riding establishments in Wicklow where you can learn to ride.  However it is advisable to use a British Horse Society (BHS) or Association of Irish Riding establishments (AIRE) registered centre, this ensures that the standards are regulated.

  • Brennanstown Riding School, Bray, 01-2863778, info@brennanstownrs.ie , www.brennanstownrs.ie  Brennanstown riding school is a British Horse Society (BHS) and Association of Irish Riding Establishments (AIRE) approved riding school based just off the N11 in Bray.  The centre offers lessons for adults and children.
  • Festina Lente Equestrian Centre,  Bray, 01-2720704,  www.festinalente.ie Festina Lente is also located in Bray.  It is a BHS approved centre and caters for children and adults alike.
  • Killegar Stables, Enniskerry, 01-2860919
  • Cooladoyle Riding School, Newtownmountkennedy, 01-2819906  Cooladoyle provides childrens lessons.
  • Glendalough Equestrian Centre, Annamoe.  +353 404 45116  http://www.glendaloughhouse.ie/glendalough-house-equestrian   Glendalough equestrian centre provides lessons and pony camps.
  • Maltfield Stud Riding School, Redcross, 087-6800187, www.maltfieldstud.com  Maltfield stud delivers small classes of lessons to children.

 Riding for the Advanced

If you consider yourself a pro and are looking for a riding challenge then Wicklow is the place to be. Many riding centres in Wicklow cater for the more advanced rider by providing both lessons and cross-country.  Below are a selection of establishments that offer variety to the more experienced horse rider.

  • Bel Air Hotel and Equestrian Centre, Ashford,  0404-40109, www.belairhotelequestrian.com The Bel Air hotel and estate is set among 200 acres on farm land in Ashford offering trekking and cross-country for more advanced riders over the age of 13.
  • Brennanstown Riding School, Bray, 01-2863778, info@brennanstownrs.ie ,  www.brennanstownrs.ie  Brennanstown riding school is a British Horse Society (BHS) and Association of Irish Riding Establishments (AIRE) approved riding school based just off the N11 in Bray.  It provides advanced and cross-country lessons.
  • Festina Lente Equestrian Centre,  Bray, 01-2720704,  www.festinalente.ie Festina Lente is also located in Bray.  It is a BHS approved centre offering lessons for the more skilled rider.
  • Glendalough Equestrian Centre, Annamoe.  +353 404 45116  http://www.glendaloughhouse.ie/glendalough-house-equestrian  Glendalough equestrian centre provides adult  lessons.

 Riding for the Disabled

Horse riding for the disabled can broaden the horizons both physically and psychologically.  Riding for the disabled includes horse riding and carriage driving.  For more information the Riding for the Disabled Association in Ireland which is based in the county can be contacted at www.rdai.org

  • Festina Lente Equestrian Centre,  Bray, 01-2720704,  www.festinalente.ie/ Festina Lente is located in Bray.  It is a BHS approved centre and caters for children and adults with both physical and mental disabilities.