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Springfield Castle & Cross Country Training
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Springfield Castle & Cross Country Training

Activities for non riders arranged on an individual basis.
Riding is available for all levels.

Day 1.  Saturday

Arrive at Shannon Airport, Ireland. We will meet your flight upon arrival and drive you to Springfield Castle.   Springfield’s history dates back over 500 years and it will be your private home in Co. Limerick. The house is yours to explore freely. You will have a chance to relax, unwind, sauna and get acquainted with everyone.
Drinks, Tea, Coffee, and a light snack will be available, and the Kitchen is always open!
A casual dinner will be served,

Day 2. Sunday

A wonderful, leisurely Irish breakfast/Brunch.
Our days will include a fair amount of driving; therefore we have left our first day free to give you a chance to relax and recover from your flight. You may wish to explore Springfield. There is deer farm on the grounds and our guests enjoy meeting the friendly animals. We will also have a chance to explore the tower with Betty Sykes whose family has owned Springfield Castle for 500 years!
Dinner: With friends at The Mustard Seed.

Day 3. Monday

Full Irish Breakfast.
Cross country training and evaluation with Aidan O’Connoll on the newly built course at The Adare Manor.
Meet for lunch at Adare Manor.
Non riders will enjoy the village of Adare and many other places of interest.
You may ride in the morning and afternoon or break at lunch.
Return to Springfield castle for Dinner.

Day 4. Tuesday

Rise early for Mary O’Connoll’s home cooked Irish breakfast.
Riding with Aidan. He will teach how to cross ditches, banks and jump downhill, using techniques that give you the optimum percentage of safety, and he makes it fun too!
Dinner to be arranged.

Day 5. Wednesday

Another day of training at the Clare Equestrian Center, a leading training barn for International Show Jumpers. with an indoor school (Riding ring) and a lovely cross country course.
Some of you may have things you want to work on and we will have a chance for lots of feed back. This is your clinic, so please let us know what you need from us!
Dinner: We may stop at a pub for dinner along the way or meet up with the rest of our group for a casual meal closer to home.

Day 6. Thursday

Full Irish breakfast.
Rise early for Mary O’Connoll’s home cooked breakfast.
Drive to the town of Gort, Co. Gallway, and Lough Cutra Castle, where the cross country course is located on a private estate.  Lough Cutra is situated on over 1200 acres of private grounds, and is NOT  open to the public. The Cross Country was designed by international course designer; Tommy Brennan.
A wonderful lunch will be provided by our friend and gracious hostess, Suzie Quinn Jones.
You may ride in the morning and afternoon or break at lunch for a look at the countryside.
The town of Ennis, with its interesting antique shops, is just a short drive away -or The Burren, and the Cliffs of Moher, for those who wish to sight see. Some of you may wish to stay closer to Springfield where you can go for a hike in the near-by Mullaghareirk Mts, or just curl up next to the fire with a good book.
Return to Springfield castle for Mary’s home cooked dinner.

Day 7. Friday

Full Irish breakfast.
Today we will visit the "yard" of our friends, Marion and Billy Flavin, at Alston House Stud in Croom, Co. Limerick.
We can also stop off in the town of Hospital for those of you interested in a custom hunt coat.
Shopping in Limerick City. Antique shops and museums.
Early meal. Farewell cocktail party at Springfield Castle.

Day 8. Saturday

Pack up, say goodbye, and move to Mobarnarn House, a lovely family run guest house of the highest quality in Fethard, Co. Tipperary. Richard and Sandra are our hosts.  Sandra’s brother rode for Irish Three Day Olympic Team, and Richard is a wonderful chef.
Explore the Rock of Cashel, the town of Cair, and (by special arrangement) tour of Coolmore Stud, home of the famous Stallion, Saddlers Wells
Dinner at Chez Hans, at the base of The Rock Of Cashel.

Day 9. Sunday

Riding out in the Glen of Arhalow. A chance for us to work on the new skills we have developed.
For those not riding, each day can be customized to your personal preferences.
Dinner in.

Day 10. Monday

Farewell dinner and drinks at McCarthy’s Pub in the town of Fethard.

Day 11. Tuesday

Early morning start to Drive to Shannon Airport.

Please note itinerary subject to change without notice. Itinerary my be subject to change due to weather and any other unforeseen circumstances.

We are fully committed to assuring you that this tour is the best of its kind. And every detail has been personally crafted to meet your needs. All accommodations are of a very high standard, but please let us know if you have any allergies to down, cats, dogs, etc... and we will make special arrangements for you.

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