Renowned for our rich equestrian culture and history, there’s nowhere better to experience the thrill of race day and get up close and personal with the greats than Ireland. From private horseback rides through stunning countryside to behind-the-scenes tours of top training facilities, Ireland has several unique experiences that will not only add some excitement to your next business trip, but also offer visitors the opportunity to relax and unwind in beautiful and peaceful settings.
So, if you’re looking to add some horse-related activities to your itinerary, keep reading to discover the exclusive options available for incentive qualifiers and explore the best of what Ireland has to offer.
Irish National Stud & Gardens, Co. Kildare
The epicentre of Irish horse racing, the Irish National Stud & Gardens in Kildare is the ultimate destination to celebrate the sport of kings. A visit offers a fascinating insight into a working stud farm, from touring the stables that have bred some of the finest racehorses in the world to rubbing shoulders (or haunches) with living legends like Beef or Salmon, who live out a hero’s retirement at the stud. Visitors can also explore the estate’s soul-soothing Japanese Gardens, while the stud’s newest attraction, The Irish Racehorse Experience, is a state-of-the-art interpretative centre that follows the life of a racehorse from birth to the winning enclosure. You can even participate in a virtual race if you fancy your chances at glory!
The Curragh Racecourse, Co. Kildare
“Where champions are made.” That’s the motto of The Curragh, Ireland’s leading horse-racing course, also located in the iconic open plains of Kildare. The attraction, home to Ireland’s five flatrate classics, makes for a thrilling day out on race day with its infectious mix of excitement, suspense and glamour. VIP experiences can be tailored to your requests, from private suites or fine dining at the St Leger Restaurant to more casual options such as gourmet picnics on the grounds.
Clonshire Equestrian Centre, Co. Limerick
Set in the rolling countryside of Limerick, and within cantering distance of the luxury Adare Manor, lies a true horse-riding haven, the Clonshire Equestrian Centre. This friendly centre offers a whole fleet of riding holidays as well as stable management classes. Whether your group is brimming with seasoned riders or complete novices, Clonshire specialises in all-level courses, from jumping and cross-country riding to dressage. Packages can be arranged on a bespoke basis, catering to flexible timelines, from one-day visits to multi-day adult riding camps.
If you’re planning a business trip to Ireland and are looking for unique and memorable experiences to add to your itinerary, contact the Meet in Ireland team today for expert assistance and guidance.