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8 Days English Summer Camp and Horse Riding Holiday for Teenagers in Leinster, Ireland

Fantastic Horse Riding Holiday in Ireland

Coolmine Equestrian Centre offers a unique experience of learning English while on horseback in a top class equestrian center! Their popular English and equestrian courses strike a fantastic balance between outdoor sports and learning English which is designed to improve written, spoken, and listening skills. Students practice what they learn through conversations with their peers and their specially trained coaches while enjoying exciting activities. Learning English is always fun when there are horses involved!

Key information

  • Rider Weight Limit: 224 pounds / 102 kilograms (for competent, fit riders) or 215 pounds / 98 kilograms (for novice, beginner riders)
  • Tack Type: English
  • Horse Breed: Irish cob and Irish Sports Horses

Highlights

  • 15-hour horse riding sessions
  • 15-hour English language course
  • Approximate daily riding time: 2 hours
  • Introduction to dressage, jumping and riding in the countryside
  • Organized group activities, experience the Irish culture, and full day excursion
  • 3 meals per day with healthy snacks
  • 7 nights' accommodation

Skill level

  • Beginner
  • Intermediate
  • Advanced

Styles


7 days with instruction in English
Spoken languages: English
Airport transfer available:
Dublin Airport (US$68 per person)
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Accommodation

Coolmine Equestrian Centre's residential accommodation consists of a large hostel-style complex of spacious dorm-style bedrooms. Each dorm room has an array of comfortable bunk beds varying according to the room size. The facilities of the hostel include seven bedrooms, four bathrooms, a spacious kitchen, dining hall, canteen area for meals, clubhouse, chill-out zone as well as separate boy and girl changing rooms with lockers.

The junior residential accommodation is based on 35 students (two, four, to six students per room) with a 24 / 7 live-in coordinator. Bed linen will be provided and washed weekly. Laundry facilities are also available (charges apply). Where possible, the student coordinator ensures nationality mix in each bedroom which aids English language learning and cultural awareness. The hostel is situated in a quiet area within the equestrian and adventure center complex. There is a pedestrian walkway from the hostel along the center to the reception area.

Program

This summer camp combines horse riding with English language classes to encourage students to improve their English in class and practice their spoken skills during fun and engaging activities. These camps attract visitors from all over the globe, including Ireland, so students are exposed to many different cultures and make friends for life. Therefore, all international students must speak English. English language classes are taught by professional English teachers and are delivered on site in classrooms. Most teenagers don’t realize how much their English improves!

This camp runs in week-long blocks starting on Sunday evening and ending on the following Sunday at 12:00. Coolmine Equestrian Centre asks that all campers arrive on early Monday morning or on Sunday evening. This allows campers time to settle in and unpack before starting their summer camp on Monday morning. In the evenings, all nationalities and campers get together for meals and fun activities. Most develop lasting friendships and a better understanding of different cultures as well as having a brilliant time. This course is specially designed to give students a fantastic holiday in Ireland doing equestrian activities each day and learning English.

Equestrian holiday

Equestrian Academy offers all its training in English as well so that the students can practise what they have learned in the language classes. All levels of horse riding experience is catered for in this camp from novice to advanced equestrians! Afternoons will be spent learning about horses, developing horse riding skills, and exploring the countryside on horseback. Horse riding activities include an introduction to dressage, jumping and riding in the countryside.

English language

Small selected English language classes are given every morning by a professional teacher. A typical student mix is an equal number of Spanish, Brazilian, French, Italian and German with a few other nationalities thrown into the mix. This diverse camp has attracted students from all corners of the world including the Middle East, Asia, South America, Russia, and Mexico.

English is the main spoken language at the camp and is strictly enforced throughout the day so no parent has ever been unsatisfied with their teenager’s improvement of conversational English after the camp. Specialist English as a foreign language teachers will be available to help at all times. Accredited and experienced teachers and staff encourage students to have fun and improve their spoken English throughout their stay. Classes are used to improve both written technique and oral fluency. Grammar, vocabulary, and sentence structure are key elements of this class.

Learning English should be more than just doing English lessons. Learning English can also mean having fun. On the equestrian and English language camp, you still receive the full immersion experience of living with and being taught by your teacher. Coolmine Equestrian Centre believes total immersion in the English language is the most rewarding and also the quickest way to improve. You will be totally isolated from your own language. Students practice English as much as they like with friendly Irish students and staff. One-to-one tutorials can be arranged.

Horse riding ability levels

  • Beginner: A rider with little or no experience
  • Novice: A rider who is comfortable and in control at the walk and / or trot but has limited experience trotting and / or cantering
  • Intermediate: A rider who is confident and in control in all paces (including posting trots, two point canters, and gallops), but does not ride regularly
  • Advanced: All of the above plus the ability to handle a spirited horse in open country

Riding style

All of the horses are ridden in English style. These saddles are specifically designed to allow the horse freedom of movement at all paces and allows the rider maximum comfort and variety on the flat and over jumps. This is the typical riding style in Ireland and across Europe. Western-type saddle experience is considered non-rider, without English riding lesson - one needs to be familiar with English saddles and comfortable with rising trot and canter.

Requirement

Please give Coolmine Equestrian Centre accurate information about your riding, health, weight, and fitness and note that riders will be assessed in the arena before you leave the yard. Any misbehavior or anti-social behavior toward staff or animals cannot be tolerated. Children between the ages of eight and 12 should be accompanied on the guided trail ride by an adult.

Restrictions

If you are fit and not overweight, you will be safer, ride better and you and your horse will enjoy yourselves more. For heavier riders, Coolmine Equestrian Centre does have a strong Irish cob and Irish Sports Horses. Please discuss when making the booking.

Included excursions

During this camp, you will enjoy a full-day excursion.

Location

This horse riding holiday will take place at Coolmine Equestrian Centre, Ireland. The facility is set on 80 acres of beautiful farmland in the Saggart area of County Dublin which overlooks Dublin city to the Irish Sea. The center consists of 28 livery stables, three arenas, cross country course, and trekking center. Conveniently located within a 30-minute drive of many of Dublin and Kildare's main tourist attractions, this riding vacation destination benefits from the breathtaking scenery in the Irish countryside, combined with historical sightseeing in Ireland. The surrounding area of the center is a fountain of Irish history. Ireland’s vibrant history is reflected in a striking variety of prehistoric evidence scattered across the country, like megalithic tombs and dolmens, Celtic ring forts and burial sites - each of them with its own individual local legend and myth.

Nearby places

  • Dublin and Kildare's main tourist attractions - 30 minutes' drive

Features

Activities

  • Horse riding
  • Shopping

General

  • Dining area
  • Kitchen

Services

  • Free Wi-Fi
  • Laundry
  • Parking lot

Food

Three organic meals a day are prepared by Coolmine Equestrian Centre's cook with fruit and drinks available 24/7. All meals are designed by a sports nutritionist to allow maximum energy be generated from a healthy diet. Breakfasts and dinners are served in the adjoining canteen with lunch provided in the Clubhouse Cafe. Packed lunch will be provided for day trips (optional with no extra charge). Special diets are catered for and there is a tuck shop available. The meal times are fully supervised by the staff.

The following meals are included:

  • Breakfast
  • Lunch
  • Dinner
  • Snacks
  • Drinks

The following dietary requirement(s) are served and/or catered for:

  • Vegetarian
  • Organic
  • Regular (typically includes meat and fish)
  • Whole food
  • Other dietary requirements on request
If you have special dietary requirements it's a good idea to communicate it to the organiser when making a reservation

What's included

  • 15 hours of horseback riding session
  • 15 hours of English language course
  • Organized group activities
  • Full day excursion
  • 24/7 supervision
  • 7 nights' accommodation
  • 3 meals per day with healthy snacks
  • Supervised internet access

How to get there

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Arrival by airplane

Please book your flight to arrive at Dublin Airport (DUB). Transfer from and to this airport is available upon request.

The transport is available on Sundays. The collection and drop off is 120 EUR from the airport. Please confirm all flight information with Coolmine Equestrian Centre at the time of booking including flight number, date and time for both arrival and departures.

Airport: Dublin Airport Airport transfer available: Dublin Airport (US$68 per person) Additional charges may apply. You can request this in the next step.

Cancellation Policy

  • A reservation requires a deposit of 14% of the total price.
  • The deposit is non-refundable, if the booking is cancelled.
  • The rest of the payment should be paid 20 days before arrival.
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