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Equestrian Activities in Kilkenny

The Club House Conference Hotel Kilkenny

The Club House Hotel Kilkenny has strong connections with all equestrian sports.  Everything from beginners riding lessons, to cross country rides, to racing, fox hunting, and horse sales can be arranged by the knowledgeable staff at the Club House Hotel.


Gowran Park Racecourse
Gowran, Co. Kilkenny
Tel: 056 7726225 Fax: 056 7726173
E-mail: reception@gowranpark.ie
Web: www.gowranpark.ie

With 16 national hunt and flat meetings throughout the year, Gowran Park is the place to go to thoroughly enjoy the excitement of a day at the races. Notable dates include the renowned Thyestes Day, Red Mills Day, Tetratema Cup Day and the Denny Cordell Lavarack – Group 3 flat race. For more information log on to www.gowranpark.ie or call 056 7726225

Horse Sales

Goresbridge Horse Sales
Goresbridge, County Kilkenny,
Telephone: +353 (0)59 9775145
Fax: +353 (0)59 9775541
Email: goresbridgesales@tinet.ie

Web: www.irishhorse.com

Family run for the past forty years, Goresbridge is Ireland’s leading sport horse sales company with an enviable reputation for success. Ideally situated in Co Kilkenny, with its easy access to airports and ferry terminals, we hold seven Sport Horse Performance sales throughout the year from February through to December. Popular additions to the calendar are the spring and autumn sales of registered Connemara and Irish Draught. Another winning venture is our growing strength in the thoroughbred market, where the ground breaking ‘ breeze up’ sales were the first ever to be held in Ireland.

Riding Stables

Mount Juliet Hotel
Co. Kilkenny
Tel: 056 7773000
Fax: 056 7773019
Web: www.mountjuliet.ie


Mount Juliet has always been synonymous with horses. Close to Mount Juliet House, the Iris Kellett Equestrian Centre, stables horses and ponies which are available for basic and advanced tuition, show jumping, trail riding through the grounds and cross-country jumping on the estate's own challenging course. With the freedom of 1,500 secluded acres to enjoy, Mount Juliet provides an exhilarating equestrian experience which visitors never forget.
Also within the boundaries of the estate is Ballylinch Stud, where the McCalmont family, bred many world famous racing horses including The Tetrarch, once known as "the fastest horse in the history of the turf". The breeding tradition continues today, and hotel's guests are invited to enjoy a personal tour of the stud during their stay.


Nuenna Equestrian Centre
Freshford, Co. Kilkenny.
Tel: 056 8832614.
Mobile: 087 2786684

Cross-country, Dressage, Group/Individual Lessons to all standards, Hacking, Pony Camp, Riding Club, Showjumping. Indoor Facilities.


Warrington Top Flight
Equestrian Centre
Warrington, Bennettsbridge Road,
Tel: 056 7722682
Fax: 056 7770792
Email: tfwarrington@eircom.net


Excellent facilities to suit every standard of rider. Indoor and outdoor arenas. Cross Country, Lessons, Riding Holidays, and Children's Summer Camps. Coffee Shop. Warrington Top Flight Equestrian Centre run by the Moloney family who have been involved in all aspects of the horse industry for many years, and have competed internationally in showjumping and eventing. The centre has excellent facilities including dressage, trekking and cross country, Members of the club compete in both national and international events. The Riding Club provides tuition for students at all levels.

Fox Hunting

The Club House welcomes many Hunts People every season, and will be delighted to make all the necessary arrangements for your hunting Holiday.   Victors Bar & Restaurant in the hotel is the ideal place to relax and unwind after a long days hunting.  Sumptuous food cooked the old fashioned way and a warm relaxed atmosphere with open fires and much hunting memorabilia awaits you.  If only the walls could talk, many a hunting days escapades would be told.

Kilkenny is the Ideal Base for fox Hunting, as you are with in easy reach of many packs.

The Kilkenny Hunt (Tuesday & Friday/Saturday)
The Kilmoganny Foxhounds (Wednesday & Sunday)
The North Kilkenny Foxhounds (Wednesday & Sunday)
The Tipperary Foxhounds (Mon/Wed/Thurs/Sat)
The Waterford Foxhounds (Tuesday & Saturday)
The Black & Tans (Tuesday & Saturday)

While hunting can be arranged with any of the above packs, the hotel and it’s owners have close connections with the Kilkenny Hunt (who still hold regular meetings in the hotel), and particularly with the Kilmoganny Foxhounds where Patricia Brennan (daughter of Charlie Blacque founder Member of the hunt) has been a member and joint master for many years.  Please also bear in mind that the Tipperary, Laois, and the Black & Tans meets could be up to 1-11/2 hours drive away.

The Brennan family at The Club House Hotel look forward to welcoming you, and will be delighted  make all the necessary arrangements for your hunting holiday.