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For over 25 years, young riders have been an intrinsic part of Crossogue during the summer holiday period. Being exclusively for younger visitors at this time, it has a unique atmosphere with many teenagers returning year after year to their home away from home. There were six children in the Molloy family and today the summer camps are just like how you experienced the summers with friends when you were teenagers. The young guests will enjoy the change of scenery and the variety of horse riding activities that they’ve come to expect at Crossogue.
Crossogue, an A-listed Georgian house, is constantly alive with the buzz people who enjoy all things equine, guests just become part of it all and it has a feeling of home away from home to many at this stage. There are eight different rooms ranging from ensuite double rooms to double rooms with a shared bath, to dorm-style shared rooms with shared accommodations. The house also has a living room, dining room, and kitchen - where the meals will be prepared. Just beyond the house are the stables and fields where you can see the horses grazing when you’re not riding.
On this summer camp, as well as improving riding skills, younger guests also get to make new friends, enjoy safe independence away from home and, of course, have fun! Each year, Crossogue Equestrian accepts young guests aged 11 - 18 years old and you can be assured they will receive expert instruction that is carefully tailored to match their ability. Crossogue Equestrian has excellent horses and ponies for all levels of rider and each guest has their own for the duration of their stay. This gives them the chance to nurture a bond and the confidence to develop their riding skills.
Guests are having their breakfast by 09:00, before being ready to be in the yard by 10:00. They collect their horses and are supervised as they prepare them for the morning ride. Each ride is approximately one and a half hours in duration and they are rotated between the arena, country hacks, and cross country sessions. All riders are in groups of similar ability and goals are set for each individual during their stay.
The midday meal is at 13:00 and this is followed by English tuition for those who are participating. Everyone is back in the yard at 15:15 for the afternoon ride. Following the ride, the horses are returned to the fields and guests have free time to do alternative activities and shower before dinner at 19:30. After dinner, there is time for more activities and the film if they wish before lights out.
Crossogue Equestrian has a team of qualified English teachers who will provide English tuition to those who wish to participate for one and a half hours each weekday. Guests are divided into groups of similar ability and work on making each lesson both interesting and challenging. Crossogue Equestrian holds the lessons in different locations in the house, surrounding grounds and around the farm! Crossogue Equestrian want to break the conventional classroom mould to get attention when they can. If there are specific requirements in this area, please let Crossogue Equestrian know.
Crossogue Equestrian runs a national cross country on the 26 of August. The kids that wish to compete will get special training for that event during the previous 2/3 weeks camp. Please send an inquiry to Crossogue Equestrian for more information.
On Sundays, the only non-riding day, guests go on an excursion to a place or event of interest and to see a little of Ireland in the process.
This horse riding holiday will take place at Crossogue Equestrian Centre in County Tipperary, Ireland. The place is situated seven kilometres from Thurles town which is served by a rail connection from two big cities, Dublin and Cork.
This fully inclusive horse riding holiday includes daily homemade breakfast, midday meal, and dinner. All special dietary needs are catered for.
During the day when guests are not riding, there is a number of alternative activities at Crossogue including tennis, badminton, table tennis, games, walks on the farm as well as organised team activities and fun competitions. Crossogue Equestrian also show films in the evening.
Please book your flight to arrive at Dublin Airport (DUB). Transfer from and to the airport is included. Crossogue Equestrian will pick you up from the airport.
All guests arrive and depart on Saturdays and Crossogue Equestrian will personally meet and return all guests using Dublin Airport (DUB). Crossogue Equestrian will be there as guests come into the arrival halls and on the return journey, the check-in and supervise until departure time will be handled.
Crossogue Equestrian just asks all guests to arrive and depart as close to midday as possible. If the only options are flights very early in the morning or late at night, Crossogue Equestrian can organise private transfers, but this is at the clients' expense.
Please be careful when choosing your airline and check their conditions regarding allowing unaccompanied teenagers. There are some excellent international airlines offering unaccompanied services and while Aer Lingus doesn’t offer this service, they generally allow under 16s to travel with a signed consent. Be aware that Ryanair does not allow under 16s without an accompanying adult.
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