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Flowerhill Equestrian Centre

Flowerhill House | Killimor, Ballinasloe, Ireland
+353 (0)9096 76112
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Type: Horseback Riding Stables, Sports
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Owner description: Welcome to our TripAdvisor page. I am Oliver Walsh and for the past 15 years I have welcomed visitors from all over the world to Flowerhill Equestrian Centre in Co Galway, Ireland. Visitors come for the hospitality, willing and fit horses, extensive cross country horseback riding facilities and relaxed and happy atmosphere. Flowerhill is based in 250 acres of beautiful east Galway country side. We are surrounded by the best possible cross country horse riding land - green fields, woods, the Kilcrow river, and wonderful wildlife. You can gallop across open fields, swim through the lake and splash in the Kilcrow river, scaring away the fish as you go. Our fences are a mixture of natural logs, stone walls, ditches and a variety of man made obstacles, including giant bananas! Most of the 150 fences include 2 or more options, so whether you are a nervous novice or confident competitor, we will cater for your needs. The riding standard varies from novice cross sountry, through intermediate, right up to advanced open. All riders need to be confident at walk trot and canter, therefore Flowerhil is not for the absolute beginner.Ride with us by the hour, a full day of 2 or 3 rides per day, or stay with us and chill out for a week or more. Rides usually go out daily at 10.00am and 1.30pm, and we change the rides to suit our customers needs. Horse riding variations include show jumping and dressage tuition, cross country workshops, exercising the hounds and hacking down to the local pub, where there are stabling facilities while we enjoy a pint and toasted sandwich. Private cross country or show jumping clinics for an individual rider can also be arranged. Over the years many of customers return again and again to enjoy the fun.
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Sheffield, United Kingdom
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3 reviews 3 reviews
3 helpful votes 3 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed September 1, 2014

I had such a brilliant time at Flowerhill! Oliver who owns the centre is great and chooses horses which suit your ability perfectly. Having never done cross country before I was really glad of all the tips he gave for each jump, encouragement and advice on how to improve. There's a huge range of jumps and all of the horses... More

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Marrakech, Morocco
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 12, 2014

I had heard a lot of good things about Flowerhill and I had such high expectations that I was bit worried of getting dissapointed. But the experience at Flowerhill was just as good as I hoped! My 12 year old daughter who is a good rider but who hardly been out on hacks and never jumped cross country came with... More

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Gothenburg, Sweden
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 4, 2014

An equestrian centre with horses that matches any rider & experience level this is the place to go. For us with a long (but rusty) experience in the saddle, it was reassuring to get the honest and collaborating nature of Oliver Walsh' horses. 70 + horses available, we rode three per day jumping just about anything including cords (!) brick... More

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Spangdahlem, Germany
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6 reviews 6 reviews
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed June 19, 2014

I had such a great time at Flower Hill! I had wanted to ride there for about 10 years and finally made it. Definitely lived up to my expectations, was actually even better. I rode two amazing horses, Monsoon and Lattee. They were very brave and didn't bat an eye at any of the jumps. I had not jumped in... More

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Bradford, United Kingdom
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed May 30, 2014

What a beautiful place, big magnificent house on the hill surrounded with acres of fields. I went for a hack, through woodland, rivers and grassland. The stable hands were great all nice and friendly. Horses selected to requirements. I had a great time on a fantastic horse Monsoon. Thank you

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GALWAY
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6 reviews 6 reviews
4 helpful votes 4 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed May 21, 2014

The great bonus of this fantastic establishment is that everything that you could possibly want for a horsey day out is on site, over the 350 acre farm: you can take your own route or get a guide to take you round. There seem to be over 80 horses available to rent so there's a mount for everyone. The place... More

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Sligo, Ireland
2 reviews
2 helpful votes 2 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed November 15, 2013

Wonderful horses, wonderful people, wonderful place. Oliver is lovely and picks the best horse to suit your needs. The jumps are fantastic. When I went there wasn't one minute that went by that I wasn't having fun.

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cardiff
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed October 1, 2013

Just spent three days with Oliver, his wonderful horses and fantasic friendly staff, In that time they have taken a very nervous. very out of pratice. unfit. middle aged rider who was recovering from a serious injury and given me the confidence and enthusiasm to start riding competitively again!!!! I will be back a.s.a.p and hunting by Christmas thanks to... More

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Guildford, England, United Kingdom
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 14, 2013

Flowerhill is a real treasure... Not sure if I should write about it as I would prefer to keep it secret, and not spoil it! This place, led by Oliver and his team, is truly a gem! I can t think of anything better for horsey addicts. The 4 XC days we spent there were so special! We learnt so... More

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Munich, Germany
2 reviews
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 19, 2013

Simply fantastic! I can highly recommend the Flowerhill equestrian experience. It has been a long time since I was on a horse and with Oliver’s excellent trainer expertise and quality of the horse, I quickly regained the confidence needed. The landscape and surroundings added to the magic.

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