Connemara Pony Total Immersion Experience Aug 16 – 22

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Clifden is the spiritual home of the world-famous Connemara Pony so if you're lucky enough to be with Connemara Equestrian Escapes, August 16 - 22, you can be certain that your itinerary will include the annual Connemara Pony Show and some of the peripheral events. This week will be a Connemara Pony total immersion experience, where you get to ride these amazing equines as well as see the very best of the breed in action.  

A showcase for all that is wonderful about the Connemara Pony

Your first three days will be spent in the comfort of Renvyle House Hotel & Resort where you will be paired up with the Connemara Pony that will be your partner for the next week. After an initial assessment and familiarisation session we will set off on a local trail ride around the Renvyle Peninsula, lapping up the the spectacular scenery and fresh Wild Atlantic Way air before dinner. On Thursday, we’ll spend the day at the Connemara Pony Show in Clifden where you will see the finest Connemara Ponies in the country being put through their paces, in-hand in the showing classes and under saddle in the showjumping, dressage and performance competitions. This show attracts competitors, spectators and buyers from near and far. Close by at the Station House Museum, an informative talk will give us an insight into the history and versatility of the pony. On Friday, an early morning visit to ride on the wonderful Omey Island, Omey is a tidal island situated near Claddaghduff on the western edge of Connemara.
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Riding along Omey beach with Connemara Equestrian Escapes at low tide is exhilarating

From the mainland, the island is inconspicuous and almost hidden. At low tide, it is possible to ride, drive or walk across the large sandy strand to the island by following the arrowed signs. Later, we'll pay another visit to the Connemara Pony Show for the nail-biting Puissance (high Jump) competition. This event tests the agility, strength and bravery of both pony and rider and is always an exciting competition. On Saturday after we transfer from Renvyle House to Curra Farm, we will set off for a trail ride around the lake shore or through the forestry before dinner. We spend a couple of days exploring lake shore paths, quiet country roads and forestry tracks. You'll learn a few words of Gaelic and try your hand at some of our national games. We'll visit local cultural and heritage sites and make sure you have a good understanding of 'Irishness'. On Sunday, we will take a trip to a local stud farm where you can view the breeding ground of some of Connemara’s most famous stallions. A tour of the Connemara Marble factory where we hear the history the world famous unique marble and how it came to adorne many famous buildings worldwide. On Monday after our ride we take a trip to Aughnanure Castle, a 16th century castle typical of the 'tower house' homes built by one of the noble landowning families in Connemara. A guided undergound tour of Glengowla Silver and Lead Mines gives us an insight into the harsh reality of mining life that was the lifeblood of many Connemara families in the 1800's. On Tuesday, visit the barn once more to say farewell to your new equine friend before transfer back to Galway City for your onward journey. Click here to enquire about booking your place for the Connemara Equestrian Escapes Connemara Pony Total Immersion Experience.
Our ponies and horses get the utmost respect they deserve and we encourage our riders to spend as much time as they desire getting to know their new partner for the week. Our guests are taught to care for, groom and saddle their horses at the start of the week to develop the unforgettable bond with their horse. Away from the tourist crowds, you will witness the most spectacular views of Connemara from the seat of your Irish made saddle. Flushing out the constraints of urban life, we will awaken your senses to the miles of paths strewn with an expanse of wild flowers amongst the heather covered mountains and mystical lakes and rivers. Your free spirit will be opened as we re-kindle your natural bond with nature. Our equines take us on a journey each day with paces that all you to absorb the scenery, air, sounds and aromas of the beauty that surrounds you. The terrain is kind but rest assured that the sure footedness of you Connemara Pony or Irish Draught Horse will take you along you trip safely.   The day's ride is never complete without the option of a long canter to tease out the adrenaline and work up an appetite for lunch after which your daily cultural experience will captivate your mind. Is speed isn’t your thing, our guides can split the group during at the canter/gallop stage to cater for those riders who prefer the steadier pace. Click here to enquire about booking your place for the Connemara Equestrian Escapes Connemara Pony Total Immersion Experience.

SAMPLE ITINERARY

Our itineraries are designed to ensure that all our guests are treated to the very best riding and cultural experiences Connemara has to offer. For riders, expect secluded beaches, quiet country lanes, mountain tracks and forest trails.
There are ample opportunities to canter or gallop but, if you prefer a more sedate place, we will look after you. Riders and non-riders alike will enjoy first class accommodation gourmet food and a fascinating taste of the unique colour, culture, traditions and history of the Connemara area.
Below is a sample Itinerary but please remember, this is Ireland, where Murphy’s Law was invented, so sometimes the weather or other things beyond our control dictate that we may need to change plans at short notice.
Your first three days will be spent in Curra Farm, our own farmhouse, on the edge of Connemara,  where you will be introduced to your equine partner as well as the breeding stock around the farm. On Sunday after we meet you for transfer from Galway City, you'll be paired up with the Connemara Pony that will be your partner for the next week. After an initial assessment and familiarisation session in our large outdoor arena, you may be ready to set off for a hack around the lake shore or through the forestry before dinner. We spend a couple of days exploring lake shore paths, quiet country roads and forestry tracks. You'll learn a few words of Gaelic and try your hand at some of our national games. We'll visit local cultural and heritage sites and make sure you have a good understanding of 'Irishness' before we move deeper into Connemara. On Monday, we will take a trip to a local stud farm where you can view the breeding ground of some of Connemara’s most famous stallions. A tour of the Connemara Marble factory where we hear the history the world famous unique marble and how it came to adorne many famous buildings worldwide. On Tuesday after our ride we take a trip to Aughnanure Castle, a 16th century castle typical of the 'tower house' homes built by one of the noble landowning families in Connemara. A guided undergound tour of Glengowla Silver and Lead Mines gives us an insight into the harsh reality of mining life that was the lifeblood of many Connemara families in the 1800's. On Wednesday, we will transfer to the comfort of Renvyle House Hotel & Resort where you can decide whether to ride your pony/horse or simply enjoy the facilities of the hotel before a visit to Clifden to see what's happening at the world's most famous Connemara Pony show or check out the Connemara Pony Museum. On Thursday, we’ll spend the day at the Connemara Pony Show in Clifden where you will see the finest Connemara Ponies in the country being put through their paces, in-hand in the showing classes and under saddle in the showjumping, dressage and performance competitions. This show attracts competitors, spectators and buyers from near and far. Close by at the Station House Museum, an informative talk will give us an insight into the history and versatility of the pony. On Friday, an early morning visit to ride on the wonderful Omey Island, Omey is a tidal island situated near Claddaghduff on the western edge of Connemara.
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Riding along Omey beach with Connemara Equestrian Escapes at low tide is exhilarating

From the mainland, the island is inconspicuous and almost hidden. At low tide, it is possible to ride, drive or walk across the large sandy strand to the island by following the arrowed signs. Later, we'll pay another visit to the Connemara Pony Show for the nail-biting Puissance (high Jump) competition. This event tests the agility, strength and bravery of both pony and rider and is always an exciting competition. With a little time for some gift shopping in Clifden, we return to Renvyle House Hotel & Resort for our last meal together before preparing for our onward transfer to Galway City on Saturday morning. Click here to enquire about booking your place for the Connemara Equestrian Escapes Connemara Pony Total Immersion Experience.
Sunday August 16th - Saturday August 22nd : Nights 1,2 & 3 Renvyle House Hotel & Resort Curra Farm Nights 4,5 & 6   Subject to availability Click here to enquire about booking your place for the Connemara Equestrian Escapes Connemara Pony Total Immersion Experience.
7day/6night night package including: All meals Entrance fees to cultural activities Accommodation Horse riding Entrance fees to Connemara Pony Festival Return transfer by coach from Galway City to Connemara. Price : from €1,950 Click here to enquire about booking your place for the Connemara Equestrian Escapes Connemara Pony Total Immersion Experience.
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Not too hot and not too cold – you'll find Ireland's climate just right!

In Ireland, everyone talks about the weather. Whether it's discussing the direction of the rain from a supermarket doorway, or musing that it's 75°F in March from a bar counter. Irish weather can be unpredictable, so we like to discuss it. A lot! Ireland's climate is influenced most by the Atlantic Ocean. As a result, it doesn’t have the extreme temperatures that other countries at similar latitude would have. The average temperature is a mild 50°F. A major warm ocean current called the North Atlantic Drift keeps sea temperatures mild too. Hills and mountains, mainly around the coast of Connemara, shelter the rest of the island from strong winds coming off the ocean. So while the weather can be changeable – it's rarely extreme.

The seasons: spring and summer

In spring (February to April), the average highest temperatures range from 46 to 54°F, with April considered particularly pleasant. In summer (May to July), the averages for highest temperatures are between 64 and 68°F. The warmest months, July and August, get about 18 hours of daylight and it gets dark only after 11pm. Hence the well-worn phrase in Ireland; "sure there's a grand stretch in the evenings".

The seasons: autumn and winter

In autumn, (August to October) highest temperatures hit between 64 and 57°F. September is considered a mild, temperate month. Winter air temperatures inland normally reach 46°F, while the coldest months are January and February. The temperature drops below freezing intermittently, and apart from a few freak cold snaps, snow is scarce.

When to visit Ireland

There's no such thing as a perfect time to visit Ireland. The summer months are considered high season for visitors. They come for the long sunny evenings, parks in full bloom and eating al fresco in cafés. And of course in summer, there are festivals around every corner. Autumn and spring are mid-seasons for travelers. You'll enjoy kicking bronze-burnished leaves about in autumn, while spring sees nature kick into gear and flowers blossom. As for winter, a walk through a national park on a clear, crisp winter's day can mean seeing nature at its most impressive.
A little video explaining Ireland's Weather
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