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Company: Cooley Equestrian Centre Contact: Gillian Doherty Contact Email: Address: Cooley, Moville, Inishowen, Co. Donegal, Ireland Phone: 00353 860633487 Website:

Best Riding School - County Donegal

Cooley Equestrian Centre Cooley Equestrian Centre is a family run horse riding school dedicated to teaching the principals of safe interaction with horses. We profile the firm and explore how it has come to win the prestigious title of ‘Best Riding School - County Donegal’.

Established in 2000 by the late Maureen Doherty and her family Cooley Equestrian Centre is dedicated to building a legacy for Maureen, who was a keen horsewoman and had taken part in most Equestrian activities down the years. She spent time as instructor at Morven Park, Virginia. In late sixties Maureen was also an excellent judge, and her passion for horses [is] remains at the school to this very day.

and dancing, making this so much more than a riding school; instead, Cooley Equestrian Centre is a true family experience. So for the larger groups, that want to soak up the atmosphere, and the setting, where all do not want to ride, there is Aromatic Candle Creation, very popular with hen parties. For the adventurous, but not horseback adventurous, there is the 2k treasure hunt, fabulous for team building skills.

The centre is now run by her daughter Gillian, an equally talented equestrian, who has a passion for practicing subtle energy medicine with her horses on the yard.

The facilities for horse riding are both indoor and outdoor, being prepared for all weather types. The centre’s experienced Instructor/planner can find what fits best for the client or group, with activities both on and off horseback available, and ride programs that cater for the beginner’s as well as the advanced.

Situated two miles from Moville, past the historical site of Cooley Cross, the centre benefits from fabulous view over Lough Foyle and surrounding countryside and makes for the ideal scenic venue for a picturesque ride with an experience coach. Lessons and Pony Camps are conducted by qualified and experienced instructors, and are offered for riders of every level, from beginner to advanced, and additional services offered include hacking and holiday rides. The centre also has the facilities to keep horses at livery. As an AIRE approved centre, which also approved under BHS Road Safety, Test and Training, Cooley Equestrian Centre is able to offer the very highest standard of teaching and riding support. The centre also hosts a range of events which involve everything from old time crafts made new to live music

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What in Gillian’s opinion, and the opinions of so many that have already visited, makes this all possible, all stand out, is the passion and enthusiasm of the horse loving youths that help out at the yard, both the current crew, and the crews of years gone by. It is their fun filled enthusiasm, and mirth, that fills and inspires all the rest of us engulfed in it. Overall, it is this dedication to supporting others that is the true focus of the centre, and everyone, of whatever age, ability or level of interest is made welcome. The centre with expertise to make any horse experience more than just a memory. From hillside hacking to obstacle training, pony days to games and dress up fun, there is something for everyone at Cooley Equestrian Centre.

AI Business Excellence Awards 2017  
AI Business Excellence Awards 2017