The skinny on jumping narrow fences

The skinny on jumping narrow fences – By our Head Trainer, Jenny Richardson BHSAI

 Many guests come to Castle Leslie Estate to hone their riding skills over tricky fences – the kind that you may not have at home, or that you need some assistance with! A good example is the narrow fence; which can be anything from 3-6 feet wide!

These fences can be more troublesome to jump, as they do invite the horse to take the easier option and run out, or go straight past them! Riders can often get more tense or worried because of this, which can then transmit a Read more

Aspirations to be a dressage diva!

Our Equestrian Centre Business Manager, Jenny Richardson BHSAI, poses the question – when should we ‘move up’ the dressage levels?

As a trainer, I know that many riders are keen to move up the competitive dressage levels; many of my clients here at the glorious Castle Leslie Estate see this process as an integral part of progression, whereas others can find this transition nerve-racking! So, with so much to consider, how do you know when the time is right to move up the levels in dressage?

There are usually many reasons behind wanting to move up the levels, just as there are some Read more

Local primary school designs the artwork for Castle Leslie Estate’s environmentally friendly compostable cups.

At Castle Leslie Estate we are always seeking environment friendly options to help the planet. That’s why we have decided to introduce compostable cups on the estate. In doing so, we are helping our guests to also help the environment.

We are also big supporters of our local community so we asked our local primary school to design the artwork for our compostable cups.

Here is the finished product, which we think are wonderful and are currently in use on the estate.

The students who worked on the design came for a visit in June for a tour of the Castle followed by a Read more

The benefits of hacking your horse or pony.

 The benefits of hacking your horse or pony – By Castle Leslie’s Equestrian Business Manager, Jenny Richardson BHSAI

We’re renowned for our lovely hacking, here at Castle Leslie Estate. If that’s all you and your family would like to do with us when you come for a riding holiday, or spend some time riding if you’re visiting us for another reason, then you can be sure of enjoying glorious woodland rides with us, on well-trained, safe horses.

Hacking is one of the most basic pastimes that’s necessary for any horse or pony to learn. If you’re a horse (or pony) owner, I am Read more

Summer dining to savour…

Age old Irish hospitality decrees that you get out the best linen, pick the finest food and treat your guests to the best. This tradition continues at Castle Leslie Estate. There is little chance of anyone going hungry this summer — from lazy lunches in Conor’s Bar at The Lodge, to delightful Afternoon Tea at The Castle until finally dinner at the 2 AA Rosette award winning Snaffles Restaurant. Our Executive Head Chef, Philip Brazil and his team celebrate summer in abundance this season and have created some wonderful menus for you to enjoy.

Conor’s Bar is the perfect place to enjoy Read more

Read the summer issue of the Castle Leslie Equestrian newsletter.

Welcome to the summer issue of the Castle Leslie Equestrian newsletter.

Discover the latest news from Equestrian Centre Business Manager, Jenny Richardson and her team. Castle Leslie Estate offers memorable horse riding holiday experiences for riding enthusiasts of all levels. So whether you’re a beginner or an experienced rider, Castle Leslie Estate is the place for you. The Estate offers an idyllic setting for outdoor activity and adventure and we are conveniently located in County Monaghan, only 80 minutes from Dublin airport and 60 minutes from Belfast airport.

It’s the perfect place to discover the thrill of exploring the beautiful Irish countryside on Read more

The summer issue of the Castle Leslie Estate newsletter.

 ‘Summertime and the living is easy’ at Castle Leslie Estate. Summer is our favorite season as the estate is all abloom and at its very best aesthetically. The mornings start early and are alive and bright and the evenings heavenly and balmy! It’s blue skies and sun kissed afternoons all the way and you have our 1,000 acres in which to enjoy it all within.

If you are coming to stay with us this summer in order to truly get the most out of your stay with us, we bring you a flavor of some of the up and coming highlights at Read more

Special offers to enjoy this Summer…

Irish getaway breaks are surging in popularity. Why not stay put this summer and spend a few days of idyllic bliss with us at Castle Leslie Estate.

We’ve tons of special offers to choose from. We’ve highlighted our most popular ones below…


Summer Overnight Escape

Get away from it all and indulge with one night’s fabulous accommodation, a full hearty Irish breakfast and a mouth-watering 5 course dinner in our 2 AA Rosette multi award winning Snaffles Restaurant. Unwind and enjoy the beautiful countryside, ancient woodlands and fantastic facilities at Castle Leslie Estate.

From €125 pps.

Rates quoted are available on a selected number of dates Read more

Moments of lasting bliss at the spa this summer…

Our skin goes through its own unique transition in response to the changing seasons. To ease that transition we offer you three very special signature facials, one for each month of summer.

June’s Facial is a Strawberry Rhubarb Hydrating Facial. Your skin is infused with strawberries, rhubarb and shea butter which will restore hydration and replenish your skin. The strawberries gently exfoliate while the rhubarb and vegan-friendly hyaluronic acid calm and plump, for a refreshed appearance.

July’s Facial is a Brightening Stonecrop Facial – a delicious Eminence treat! The traditional ingredients of Aloe Vera, Honey and Vitamin C, restore the moisture in the Read more

Jumping ditches

Jumping ditches – By Castle Leslie Estate’s trainer, Jenny Richardson BHSAI

Welcome to our blog! Please do check out our series of informative articles. Today, we’re going to look at ditches – as we know that many guests come to us for help and tuition with their XC prowess!

If you are new to jumping ditches, or have a new or young horse, you may be concerned about this particular type of cross country jump, and how to tackle it. If I can offer three pieces of advice, they would be: slow down (while you’re honing your technique); look up, and maintain Read more

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