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Summer Horse Riding Camp in Dublin

This camp is shortlisted again this year in the Study Travel Magazine Star Awards 2019 so if you wish to have fun and improve your English and riding skills with friendly, happy horses, this horse riding camp is for you. During your stay, you will have quality English classes in the mornings, and learn stable management and ride in the afternoons. With great teachers and interactive, fun classes, Irish College of English is the perfect place to learn English in beautiful Malahide. The horseriding is suitable for all levels of riders from 11 to 17 years old. Learn to ride while making friends with other teenagers from all over the world!


  • 3 hours at the stable per day
  • Approximately daily riding time: 1 hour
  • 15-hours English language tuition per week
  • Exciting evening activities and Saturday excursions
  • Course materials and graded certificate
  • Irish leader and private transfers
  • 28 nights' accommodation
  • Full board meals

Skill level

  • Beginner
  • Intermediate
  • Advanced


34 days with instruction
Airport transfer available:
Dublin Airport (US$61 per person)
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You will stay in carefully selected families in the locality and you can walk to work. Irish College of English guarantees one nationality per family unless otherwise requested. The families are the highlight of the experience and have quality assurance procedures in place, ensuring great stays for all of you. The majority of the host families have taken one to three students at any time. If you have special requests regarding host family accommodation, Irish College of English is happy to try to meet these requirements.

All host family accommodation is within walking distance of the school and vetted by Irish College of English's staff. Irish people have a tradition of hospitality and warmth. This tradition is renowned all over the world and has been a major factor in attracting thousands of students to study English in Ireland.


This horse riding and English language camp combines 15 hours of English language tuition in the mornings, and four hours of horse riding in the afternoons per week. Ireland is an ideal horse riding destination, and is known as the land of the horse. You will have three hours in the stables per day, this is divided into two hours stable management, and one hour of horse riding. In addition, you will have two trips per week. This programme is the ideal way for you to fully immerse yourselves in the language by meeting new friends while improving your riding skills.

Irish College of English caters for all abilities of riders and there is one hour of riding under instruction each afternoon and two hours of horse riding and stable management. Horse riding takes place in Monk’s Field Equestrian Centre in a Large Purpose Built New Facility. You will be divided into groups of eight and have your own instructor. Qualified instruction and suitable horses and ponies for all standards are provided. You are encouraged to extend your equine knowledge to include all aspects of horse care and handling.

Intercultural Irish Teenage Programme

As part of the continuous efforts to maintain high-quality classes and to enhance the student’s intercultural experience, Irish College of English has weekly lessons called the Intercultural Teenage Programme. Irish teenage students will join lessons to lead an exercise alongside the teacher, which allows you the opportunity to connect with Irish teenagers. Irish College of English has had an incredibly positive response to this programme, having been recognized by the town as Organisation of the Year and receiving the Service Excellence Award showing their unique and prominent position in Malahide. You are given a written test on the first day to determine your level of English. The test consists of 25 multiple choice questions. You are then placed in a class at the appropriate level.

School rules

  • A good level of general behaviour and manners is required in school, with the host family, and at all other times
  • Serious breaches of school policies / regulations as deemed by the college will result in a student being sent home. In these circumstances, no refunds will be given and students / parents are responsible for all related costs. Examples of such behaviour are: stealing or vandalizing property, abusive / threatening behaviour to others, possession of drugs or alcohol
  • You are responsible for any medical bills or damage caused. Irish College of English accepts no responsibility for medical costs incurred or costs of damages caused by you. You must organize medical insurance in your own country before travelling to Ireland
  • You must be home at 22:00. If you are delayed, you must call your host family to notify them. Arriving home late is unacceptable and will not be tolerated. If you are late more than twice, you may be expelled and sent home
  • When going out in the evenings and at weekends, you must tell your host family where you are going and with whom
  • Sunday is a free day, you may spend it with your host families or with friends. Irish College of English would advise you not to go into the city centre on your free day and to stay within the locality. Parents should instruct students as to their limitations during free time (on evenings or Sundays) where they are not attending Irish College of English organized activities
  • Hitch-hiking is forbidden
  • You should not carry large sums of money or valuables with you in the school or during your activities
  • You are not allowed to attend discos in Dublin or any such events not organized by Irish College of English
  • It is mandatory that you attend all organized activities, missing activities without prior consent is against the school rules

Typical day with a host family

  • You are woken by your host mum, have a shower, and eat breakfast
  • You are given a packed lunch for the day
  • You walk to school and return home at about 18:00 after your tuition and activity programme
  • On returning home, you have dinner with your host family and chat about your day
  • You may spend the evening relaxing and chatting with the family or friends or attend an organized evening activity (four evenings per week)
  • A strict curfew of 21:30 applies when you must be home on the English summer camps Ireland
  • You and families have 24-hour access to an emergency phone number and a member of Irish College of English's team is always on duty to help

Sample schedule

Day 1: Monday

  • Assessment on arrival, registration, and administration
  • 08:45-12:00 English language class
  • 12.00-12.30 Packed lunch at school
  • 13:00-16:00 Dublin City Centre tour
  • 20:30-21:00 Optional evening activity / movie night

Day 2: Tuesday

  • 08:45-12:00 English language class
  • 12.00-12.30 Packed lunch at school
  • 13:00-16:00 Horse riding and stable management programme
  • 20:30-21:00 Optional evening activity / games

Day 3: Wednesday

  • 08:45-12:00 English language class
  • 12.00-12.30 Packed lunch at school
  • 13:00-16:00 Horse riding and stable management programme
  • 20:30-21:00 Optional evening activity / Irish dancing

Day 4: Thursday

  • 08:45-12:00 English language class
  • 12.00-12.30 Packed lunch at school
  • 13:00-16:00 Horse riding and stable management programme
  • 20:30-21:00 Optional evening activity / disco

Day 5: Friday

  • 08:45-12:00 English language class
  • 12.00-12.30 Packed lunch at school
  • 13:00-16:00 Horse riding and stable management programme

Day 6: Saturday

  • 09:00-17:00 Full-day excursion including Glendalough Lake, Kilkenny City, Dublin zoo, and Dublin City tour

Day 7: Sunday

  • Free day with family and friends

Included excursions

  • 1 full-day Saturday excursion per week
  • 1 half-day cultural activity per week


The Irish College of English has been in the heart of Malahide, Ireland, for over 25 years and operates an all year round international language school. With over two kilometres of golden, sandy beaches, wonderful walks along a naturistic estuary and stunning marina, Malahide village is an epicentre of the activity for the students. This Classic Junior Programme takes place in this beautiful part of Dublin.

Malahide is on Dublin’s coastline and the slogan is ‘Malahide has it’. It has Malahide Castle, a beautiful seaside village, marina, coastal walks, and the great host families all of whom live in Malahide, so you can walk to school. Malahide is an affluent safe area for students, which has easy access to Dublin City Centre, just 25 minutes by train so you can see the best of Dublin but return to Malahide in the evenings. The school is located in the centre of Malahide and Irish College of English also has additional centres in Malahide, Malahide Community School and Saint Oliver Plunkett School, both are modern high schools.

Nearby places

  • Dublin Airport (DUB) - 10 minutes
  • Dublin City Centre - 25 minutes


Full board meals will be provided including breakfasts, packed lunches, and evening meals with an emphasis on a nutritious diet. You will become members of the family for the duration of your stay and fit into normal family life, socializing, and eating with the family.

The following meals are included:

  • Breakfast
  • Lunch
  • Dinner

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

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

What's included

  • 3 hours at Stable per Day (1 hour Riding and 2 hours Stable Management Per Day)
  • 15-hours English tuition per week (maximum of 15 students per class)
  • 1 full-day Saturday excursion per week
  • 1 half-day cultural activity per week
  • 4 optional evening activities per week
  • Course materials and use of student textbook
  • Student exit report and graded certificate of attainment
  • Irish leader to accompany groups on all activities
  • Private coach transfers (no travel pass)
  • 28 nights' accommodation
  • Full board meals

How to get there

Recommended Airports

Arrival by airplane

Please book your flight to arrive at Dublin Airport (DUB).

Airport transfers can be arranged for arrival and departure for 50 EUR each way. Individual students are met at the meeting point in the arrivals area in the airport by their host family or an Irish College of English representative who will have a sign with Irish College of English printed on it.

Parents / students will be provided with a contact number of the person collecting them, and also a school emergency number to facilitate the transfer. You will then be brought directly to your host family home. Where flights are delayed / cancelled, the college should be informed immediately to allow Irish College of English to reschedule transfers. When Irish College of English is unable to reschedule transfers due to lack of notice, you will be required to arrange and pay for taxi transport to your host family.

Airport: Dublin Airport Airport transfer available: Dublin Airport (US$61 per person) Additional charges may apply. You can request this in the next step.

Cancellation Policy

  • A reservation requires a deposit of 15.73% of the total price.
  • The deposit is non-refundable, if the booking is cancelled.
  • The rest of the payment should be paid 21 days before arrival.
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Arrival: Monday June 28, 2021
Departure: Sunday August 1, 2021



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