Horse-riding at Iceford Stables, Ballina is something the whole family can enjoy. The Stables is an A.I.R.E approved, family-run stables situated near Ballina, Co. Mayo. Additionally, they are located just 8km from the picturesque holiday village of Enniscrone, Co. Sligo.
Iceford Stables is best known for its summer camps, which are ideal for families visiting the area. You can also enjoy a countryside trek, or an indoor lesson in their purpose-built arena.
The ‘People and Places of North Mayo’ video series took a trip to meet Aiden Anderson the owner of Iceford Stables. He tells us how the equestrian centre evolved, from what was his fathers farm to a riding school that everyone can enjoy no matter what the weather.
At Iceford Stables you can enjoy:
– Horse riding lessons (for children 6+, adults, groups), private lessons, trekking, pony camps, birthday parties, student training. You can even avail of an equestrian holiday with language lessons, thanks to a partnership with Ballycastle-based Language and Culture West.
– Outdoor and indoor facilities including a purpose built arena
– Open all year round
– All weather cross country
Iceford Stables offers horse riding lessons for both adults and children (from age 6 upwards), and for complete beginner riders, right up to the more advanced riders wanting to brush up on their skills. The offer both private and group lessons and are open all year round.
The strength of the stables lies in the high standard of horses and ponies and the quality of instruction on offer. Safety is the key to a good riding school, and all of their ponies are schooled to the highest standard before they enter the lessons. All instructors are qualified to AIRE, BHS (stage 4) and FEI standard and hold current Child Protection and First Aid certificates as well as road safety certificates.
So saddle up, enjoy a cross-country trek, mountain ride, or give the children a birthday to remember with some horse-riding lessons or a birthday party on-site.
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How to get there
From Ballina: Take N59 towards Sligo. Take left turn onto L5130 (3 miles from Ballina, Iceford Stables sign)
From Enniscrone: Take Coast Road (signposted) for Ballina, take the left turn after 3.5 miles at Iceford Stables sign