Ireland is horse country and Waterford is no exception. The location of Camphire International Horse Trials, a world class eventing competition hosted each August, Waterford is also home to Tramore racecourse, stud farms, hunt packs and horse trainers there are also many riding stables in Waterford that you may want to visit on your trip.
A word of warning: a horse-y holiday in Waterford does require some planning- while all centres provide lessons pre-booking is essential. Trekking too should be organized in advance. Once you are enjoying Waterford’s beaches or countryside from the back of your new four legged friend the preparation will all seem worthwhile!
Some useful contacts:
Donna’s Livery Stables
As well as offering full and half livery for horses Donna’s stables also offer lessons for all ages and levels.
Address: Kilgobnet, Dungarvan, Co Waterford
Lake Tour Stables
In the hills overlooking Tramore Bay, Lake Tour Stables offer trail rides and hacking in a professional but relaxed manner calculated to match the holiday mood of their visitors. Lake, coastal and mountain trekking available for all levels. Beach treks provided in the off season.
Address: Carrigavantry, Tramore, Co Waterford
Camphire International Horse Trails
Website: Camphire International Horse Trials
Camphire International Horse Trials are world class eventing competitions held in the heart of the Blackwater valley each August. Horses and riders compete across 3 disciplines: cross country, showjumping and dressage guaranteeing a wonderful spectacle for onlookers in a wonderful parkland setting.
The event course for Camphire 2012 was designed by renowned multi-Olympic course designer and current CEO of British Eventing, Mike Etherington-Smith and the competition included a 3 star (CIC***) class for the first time.
Camphire Horse Trials attracted thousands of visitors. Onlookers were catered for with a Trade and Food Arena with gift products, clothing, crafts and food. A range of family fun activities including archery and falconry was also on offer. Get a flavour of the atmosphere of Camphire in this short video.More detailed information for competitors and spectators is available on the Camphire website.