Lios Lara Riding Stables

Here at Lios Lara we aim to offer safe, enjoyable equestrian activity all year round. With so many horses and ponies to choose from, Lios Lara Riding Stables can accommodate riders of all ages and abilities. Whether it be a family wanting to pass some time together or a small child having their first pony ride – we have something for everyone.

Who are we:

Born out of a young girl’s childhood passion for horses, Lios Lara Riding Stables is a family-run equestrian centre. Suitably qualified with a BA Hons in Equine Business, Annie O’Neill’s grá for horses, once a hobby, has now evolved into a thriving business. Supported by parents Julie and Mick and partner Tinso, also a keen and experienced horseman, Annie’s Coaching Cert, BHS Stage 2 Teach and BHS Stage 3 Horsemanship with Distinction guarantees her expertise in providing each and every customer with a unique experience with horses tailored to their individual level of riding ability.

What we do:

Lios Lara’s facilities cater for every equine enthusiast from the pleasure rider to the competitive. Providing either long or short term livery, Lios Lara provides riding lessons to both adults and children, in groups or individually, as well as a full trekking service amid the woodlands and hills of the beautiful Beara Peninsula which take in breathtaking views of the area. For younger riders Lios Lara hold pony camps, one day workshops, fun competitions and shows, mini-treks, children birthday parties, breaking and schooling service.

 

Mission Statement:

Lios Lara’s mission is to promote and encourage good Horsemanship in a safe and fun atmosphere, allowing students to work at their own pace while achieving individual goals. At Lios Lara we foster a caring and inclusive ethos where all who pass through our yard are respected and treated equally at all times. Annie’s qualifications include an Irish Pony Club B+ Test (Distinction), Occupational First aid, Safe guarding 1 and 2 and Garda vetting. All staff and volunteers over 18 are Garda vetted and hold Safe Guarding 1 as a minimum. Our stables are fully insured for all its activities.

 

Trek Beara’s woodland and hills while overlooking beautiful Bantry Bay, Bere Island and Ardnakinna Lighthouse.

Summer Opening Hours

During the summer months of July and August, we aim to open 7 days a week. It may not always be possible every week, our days must be arranged around our little boy, and the odd competition that we might try and attend.

Camps will run during the week Tuesday and Wednesday 10am to 1pm, Thursday and Friday 2pm to 5pm. Trekking slots will be allocated outside these times to minimise pressure and horse being over worked.

Saturdays and Sundays are allocated for long distance trekking, such as our full day or half day. Of course we will always try and accommodate our clients, if these days do not suit, and of course families are welcome on the weekend too. We are open Mondays too for whatever you desire.

Please book in advance, at least 1 week for standard 1 hour trek and at least 2 weeks for full day and half day treks. We require non refundable deposits for large group sizes and long treks. If you need to cancel please give us plenty notice, it’s best practise. If you have booked and put a deposit down on a long distance trek and cancel 48 hours before hand you will be required to pay the full fee.

We will be closing the last 2 weeks of August for some family time and rest and a summer break for the horses and ponies. Closed Saturday 20th to Saturday 3rd September. Lessons will resume Monday 5th September.

Please look at our social media’s for any availability during the summer

Summer is here and our camps are about to begin!

We are looking forward to a busy summer filled with camps for all ages and levels of experience each week from the first week in July until the middle of August.

Deposits for camps are non refundable and cannot be transferred or used against another camp date if you cannot attend. If you cancel the week leading up to camp or can’t make it you will have to forgot the full fee, yes we do have a cancellationist but it may not always be possible to fill the space on such sort notice.

Dates for Summer Camps 2022

We will be running numerous camps throughout the summer months this year. For those that attend weekly lessons, Lessons will finish week ending 3rd July and camps will commence the following week.

Junior and Beginner Camps; for beginners, riders that are progressing to riding off the lead rein, visitors.
Dates for junior/beginner riders as follows:
July: 7th and 8th, 14th and 15th, 21st and 22nd, 28th and 29th
August: 4th and 5th, 11th and 12th, 18th and 19th.
All junior/beginners camps will take place on Thursdays and Fridays 2pm to 5pm

Intermediate and advanced camp; for riders who can walk trot and canter and do a small jump off the lead, must be able to tack up independently.
Dates for Intermediate/advanced camps are as follows:
July: 5th and 6th, 12th and 13th, 19th and 20th, 26 and 27th
August: 2nd and 3rd, 9th and 10th, 16th and 17th
All intermediate/advanced camps will take place on Tuesdays and Wednesdays 10am to 1pm

Riders can book into as many camps as they desire, non refundable deposits of €20 pp per camp must be paid before 25th June to secure places for both months.

All camps must be booked in via our online booking system. I will add the link below, this link will bring you to homepage of the schedule please scroll down through the schedule to find July and August and go from there. Please complete the booking fully, a completed booking will get a confirmation email.

If you are sending deposits via revolute or online banking please reference with child’s name. Many thanks

All camps cost €50 per person per camp, limited availability
https://bookwhen.com/lioslarastables

summer camps 2022

We are in the process of organising our dates for summer camps 2022.

We will launch dates by the end of April 2022 and will post details for booking in. Camps will run through out the summer months of July and August for all levels and ages.

Easter Holiday Update

We’re looking forward to a busy 2 weeks of Easter camps and treks through out the holiday period 🐣  All our camps are fully booked for both weeks! 🙌   We have some availability for treks on the second week only days remaining are Thursday 21st and Friday 22nd. Please contact us for bookings on either of these days. Limited availability.   We hope you have a wonderful Easter, for those attending regular lessons, there will be no lessons during the 2 week holiday, lessons resume week of 25th 🐴

Stables Closing one weeks Holidays

Please read 👇
**** THE STABLES WILL BE CLOSING ON SATURDAY 21ST OF AUGUST TO SUNDAY 29TH AUGUST ****
Us and the ponies will be taking some down time after what has been a very busy season.
We are aware of the few private bookings in this week and a camp which all have been pre booked months ago, these will still go ahead. Apart from these few events the stables will be closed and we will not be taking any bookings during this time.
We are sorry if this will affect any holiday makers wanting to book in, but it has been super busy every single day and a short rest is only necessary.
We would like to hugely thank every single one of you who supported us this summer by booking in, be it treks, day treks, camps, birthday parties, we are beyond appreciative.
We look forward to seeing you all soon, remember we have two weeks left to get the bookings in, might I remind you that next week has very limited availability so please get booking now.

Summer Camps Intermediate and Senior 2021

Intermediate and Senior riders. This is for riders who are able to walk trot and canter independently. Riders must be off the lead.

JULY:

*Tuesday 13th and Wednesday 14th 10am to 1pm – Full

*Tuesday 20th and Wednesday 21st 10am to 1pm – Full

*Tuesday 27th and Wednesday 28th 10am to 1pm – Full

AUGUST

*Tuesday 3rd and Wednesday 4th 10am to 1pm – Full

*Tuesday 10th and Wednesday 11th 10am to 1pm – Full

*Tuesday 17th and Wednesday 18th 10am to 1pm – Full

Cost of camp for the 2 days is €50 per child. We will require a non refundable deposit on each camp €20 per child. This will be accepted from now until the 30th of june. It is very important that deposits are put down to secure places. There will be a maximum number of 12 in each camp so that we can ensure all camp riders and staff are in a safe environment whilst covid remains an issue.

Camp will run for 3 hours, fun filled with riding lessons,  grooming and tacking up, stable management, and fun and games. Please bring correct footwear for horse riding and all riding equipment. For those that own their own grooming kits please bring them to camp. 

Summer Camps Junior and Beginner 2021

Junior and beginner camps. These camps are open to riders who have some experience just coming off the lead rein and beginners.

JULY:

*Thursday 15th and Friday 16th  2pm to 5pm – Full

*Thursday 22nd and Friday 23rd  2pm to 5pm – Full

*Thursday 29th and Friday 30th 2pm to 5pm – Full

10am to 1pm

AUGUST

*Thursday 5th and Friday 6th 2pm to 5pm – Full

*Thursday 12th and Friday 13th 2pm to 5pm – Full

*Thursday 19th and Friday 20th 2pm to 5pm – Full

Cost of camp for the 2 days is €50 per child. We will require a non refundable deposit on each camp €20 per child. This will be accepted from now until the 30th of june. It is very important that deposits are put down to secure places. There will be a maximum number of 12 in each camp so that we can ensure all camp riders and staff are in a safe environment whilst covid remains an issue.

Camp will run for 3 hours, fun filled with riding lessons,  grooming and tacking up, stable management, and fun and games. Please bring correct footwear for horse riding and all riding equipment. For those that own their own grooming kits please bring them to camp

Beara Bridleway

The Beara Bridle Way, a track along which horse riders have right of way, is Ireland’s first ever horse trail. A booking with Lios Lara will kit you out for this horseback trail which hug mountain flanks overlooking 23 kilometres of rugged scenery, stunning seascapes and dazzling views of Beara’s sister peninsulas and South Kerry.

For those considering riding the Bridle Way, Lios Lara offers a range of options. Long and short treks are available, as well as half and full days riding on the Beara Bridle Way

Full day treks

This consists of approx 5 hours riding, doing the full route of the Beara Bridle Path. Starting at the stables, riding over the hill to Allihies, stop off point for lunch here. Heading over the copper mines road into Urhan and finally riding back over the hill to the stables. A very challenging route, both for horses and riders, this is geared towards the experienced rider. Steep inclines enroute. Min of 2 people and max of 3, depending on riders weights and heights. Please remember max weight our horses can carry is 15stone.

Price: €150 per person. Single supplement applies where only 1 person wants to ride the full day, price for single person is €175

 

Half day treks

This trek can range from 2 hours to 3 hours depending on the speed riding based on riders experience. A smaller route with just as much fabulous scenery and landscape as the full day. Ideal for novice riders, ideally able to walk and trot, great for riders getting good back into riding or for the  experienced rider. Great for groups of holiday makers. Min of 2 people and max of 5 people, depending on riders weights and heights. Please remember max weight our horses can carry is 15stone.

Price: €75 per person, for groups bigger than 5 please call for a discounted price.

Single supplement applies for 1 person price is €100

Family treks

Approximately 1.5 hours long, an enjoyable trek at a pleasurable pace. Ideal for a family wanting to spend a few hours together at an affordable price. Open for experienced and beginner riders , option for experienced rider to have a short canter while beginners stop and take in the view. 2 adults and 2 to 3 children , depending on riders weights and heights. Please remember max weight our horses can carry is 15stone.

Price: €120 for family of 4 €150 for family of 5.

Livery

We offer over night livery for those wanting to bring their own horse on holiday. 5 star service, spacious 12×12 stables fully matted, automatic drinkers and use of our facilities. Bedding and hay included, we will do the mucking out for you so you can relax!

Price: €25 per horse per night.

Hire a guide

For those that bring their own horse, we can also supply a guide to take you over the paths if you are unsure of where to go. If you choose to ride out with one of our guides you will not be disappointed, all born and bred in Beara and bursting with knowledge of the area.

Price: please contact Annie for price

Booking

Full day treks generally tale place from June to October, this is when the horses are best fit for this kind of work work and the paths are more rideable. Half day trek go all year round but must booked well in advance. To book, please email Annie at aonctb@yahoo.co.uk with all your relevant information, if you could fill out one of our rider assessment forms and send it with your inquiry alot of the information we require will be on this. This will speed up the process on our side. Once you have confirmed a booking with Annie, you will be required to pay a non refundable deposit of €50 euro per booking, and 100€ deposit of 4 or more or if more than on trek is booked. This is to secure your place. If you cancel you will loose your deposit, cancelling 48hours before the trek results in full payment. Please note full day and half day bridle path treks can only take place on weekends, Saturday and Sunday

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Above is the link for for rider assessment form, these must be filled out for all bookings, this will be recorded as part of covid contract tracing as well as retaining specific information for the ride. Your details will be held on file in private.

*please remember while we still will be in a pandemic it is vital that all visitors should follow the rules of the yard. Hats and body protectors are supplied by our school but not footwear, please arrive with appropriate footwear such as wellies or boots with a small heel to ensure safety. The inside of the barn is off limits to visitors, please wait in the car park for assistance. No access to other parts of the yard. Please arrive 5 minutes or on time for your booked appointment. Our toilet is available if necessary but please sanitize before and after you enter. Payment can be accepted through card or revolut, if paying with cash please have the correct amount in an envelope.

Thank you

For any more queries please call us.