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.

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

(A shorter route can be made possible for those wanting a little more than a half day but not as intense as the full day. This includes 4 hours approx €120 per person. Min of 2 people and max of 3 or 4 people, depending on riders weights and heights. Please remember max weight our horses can carry is 15stone.)

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 beginner riders riding along an experienced rider. Great for groups of holiday makers. Min of 2 people and max of 5 or 6 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: €20 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

Bookings are now open for summer 2021, 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. This is to secure your place. If you cancel you will loose your deposit, unless it is regarding a covid regulation or restriction put in place by the government. Please note full day and half day bridle path treks can only take place on weekends, Saturday and Sunday unless booked a specific day before March 2021.

Please contact Annie for a copy of rider assessment form that will be emailed to you on booking, 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.

Pony Parties

Looking for a great idea for your horse enthusiast child? Look no further than a Lios Lara Pony Party! In the event of a birthday, all you have to do is provide the cake and some goodies – let us do the rest. We offer 3 fun filled hours of pony incorporated fun and games – 1 hour riding lesson, brushing and grooming and decorating the pony. Minimum of 4 children and maximum of 6 (this excludes the birthday child, they are free!) €150 for 3 hours.

Pony parties are not just for kids; we also cater for teenage / adult parties to include trekking etc. Activities can be altered depending on group. To discuss a horsey birthday treat or a random any time gift for yourself or someone you love – just get in touch.

Pony Camps

Pony Camp

Pony Camps are fantastic learning experiences for all horse enthusiasts and here at Lios Lara our camps offer an added opportunity for any tourist visiting the area to make new friends whilst equine learning and having fun. We run various pony camps during the seasonal holidays, ranging from Beginner/Lead rein camps, Intermediate and Senior Camps, to Adults Camps.

Beginner Camps – average 3.5 to 4 hours for 2 days, usually with a morning and afternoon option.
Intermediate / Senior Camps – 3 full days including an intense 1 full day workshop for adults.

Camp Dates Summer 2021 for Junior and beginner riders – Click Here

Camp Dates Summer 2021 for Intermediate and Senior riders – Click Here

What to expect at camp:

Riding

Who thought learning could be so much fun as you’re taught to ride in beautiful Beara by fully qualified instructors! Matched to ponies of suitable standard and size (Camp Riders may also request certain ponies if available) all lessons are geared specifically towards varying groups and standards and held in a fun, relaxed and safe environment.

In Beginners, campers learn safety around horses, controlling their ponies, trotting and pony games. Advanced camp riders learn more technical riding on both flat and jump, all lessons offering the opportunity to play pony games. Trekking factored in during all camps.

Stable Management

Through the morning and afternoon, campers will have an opportunity to familiarise themselves with the care of horses and ponies in a safe environment. Stable management can be so much fun!

Adapted to standards and ages of the group, topics covered include:

• Fun with ponies , horse sense and grooming
• Day to day Care and feeding
• Hoof Care and Shoeing
• Tack & Saddlery
• Horse Health and basic first aid
Plus much more…

What to bring to Camp;

  • Lios Lara has a selection of hats and boots that campers can borrow. If you have your own, wellies are ideal or any boot/shoe with a flat sole and definite small heel. No runners please.
  • Riders are more than welcome to bring along their own equipment. A member of staff will check it first to make sure it is up to the latest safety standards.
  • Wear comfy clothes; jodhpurs, leggings, fitted jeans, or tracksuits bottoms (not too baggy). Warm clothing is a must during winter and spring; in the event of the occasional downpour (!) rain jacket and rain trousers are recommended as well as a change of clothes. During summer months, you might want to pack sun screen.
  • Bring a packed lunch and don’t forget plenty of drinks as this horse riding can be thirsty work!
  • Any medication should be reported and given to a member of staff accompanied by detailed instructions written and signed by the guardian.