Staying safe this winter

Staying safe this winter, by our head trainer Jenny Richardson BHSAI

Winter-time can mean increased risk factors for horsey accidents – slippery surfaces, darker days, frisky, fresh horses, windy weather and equine dietary changes, for example – so what can we do to reduce the risks, and ensure we enjoy our horses during the colder season?

Here, I share some tips to stay safe in the saddle this winter.

  • Develop balance – this can help you sit a ‘spook’. Two main elements aid equilibrium; good core balance, and whole-body balance, the latter gained through co-ordinated muscle strength. Ask your instructor to help develop Read more

Castle Leslie Estate donate to the SVP Christmas ‘Giving Tree’ Appeal

This year staff members of Castle Leslie Estate participated in the annual Society of the St. Vincent de Paul Annual Christmas ‘Giving Tree’ Appeal.  They donated over 100 unwrapped presents for all age groups to this very worthy cause.  All  presents will be going to families in much need in the local North Monaghan area.

Castle Leslie Estate CEO, Brian Baldwin commented:

“Our staff our committed, hard-working individuals who always strive to give back.  I would like to commend them for coming together to support this very worthwhile appeal”.

About the Society of St. Vincent de Paul

The goal of the Society for Read more

Castle Leslie Estate Staff Raise Funds for Focus Ireland

On Monday 15th October, some of the staff at Castle Leslie Estate took part in Focus Ireland’s ‘Shine a Light Night’.  Shine a Light Night is a truly touching event where people come together for one night every year to raise vital funds and to stand in solidarity with people experiencing homelessness in Ireland today.  Family homelessness has reached historic proportions with 2,777 children currently living in emergency accommodation in Ireland, often unable to get to school, rarely getting a home cooked meal and sinking into darkness.

The staff rolled out their sleeping bags and slept rough for the night raising a Read more

Introducing counter canter.

Castle Leslie Estate presents: Introducing counter canter, By our Head Trainer, Jenny Richardson BHSAI

If you have aspirations to ride flying changes, I’d like to show you an exercise. It builds up to this movement by helping develop balance. It utilises using quick-fire changes of bend and counter canter.

Step one

Ride a small, half circle in the F/A corner (the top left corner) of the manege on the right rein in trot. You will be on the right rein, with left bend. Turn just before A and bend the horse to the left, as if you were turning towards ‘E’. Instead, Read more

Castle Leslie Estate wins Service Excellence award

Castle Leslie Estate has become the first hotel in Monaghan to complete Failte Ireland’s Accredited Service Excellence Programme.

The Service Excellent Award is a wonderful tourism initiative in which the customer is always seen as king.

The Programme is aimed at helping tourism attractions and businesses to put the customer first and foremost in everything they do and to reach the highest standards in customer care. The upshot of which can result in major benefits such as business growth, additional repeat business, increased visitor spend and positive recommendations.

Commenting on the award, Castle Leslie Estate CEO Brian Baldwin said, “Guest-focused service has always been Read more

Kevin Kenny wins IHI Award


Huge congratulations to our Deputy General Manager, Kevin Kenny on taking home the Irish Hospitality Institute Hotel Deputy Manager of the Year Award 2018 at this years awards which took place on Thursday 22nd November at The Clayton Hotel, Burlington Road, Dublin. We’re so thrilled and immensely proud of him! Well done also to Philip Brazil who was a finalist in the Executive Head Chef category. A terrific achievement for both! Kevin is pictured with award sponsor Joe Higgins of the IHI and IHI President Mathias Muller.

The most common riding mistakes

Our Head Trainer Jenny Richardson BHSAI highlights the most common riding mistakes we ALL make!


A rider who loses his or her own balance will compromise the balance of the horse, which will affect the horse’s way of going. Whether riding a simple upward or downward transition, or over jumps, imbalance may create one or more of the following problems: hollowing, wobbling, the wrong bend, the wrong canter lead, running or leaning.

(2)An insecure position

Ensure your position is central, straight and fluid, so that you move as one with the horse, and not in any way against him. Simple Read more

Our staff sleep out to support homelessness

Some of our staff slept out on Monday 15th of October to raise awareness on the issue of homelessness in Ireland.  They joined other Irish Companies to raise much needed funds to support the vital work of Focus Ireland and their ‘Shine a Light’ campaign with an aim to end homelessness in Ireland.
Family homelessness has reached historic proportions with 2,777 children currently living in emergency accommodation in Ireland, often unable to get to school, rarely getting a home cooked meal and sinking into darkness.
You can support this wonderful cause by donating what you can by clicking HERE.

Thank you in advance Read more

Castle Leslie Estate Scoops The Award For Ireland’s Favourite Place to Stay.

CASTLE LESLIE ESTATE once again was a winner at the 2018 Gold Medal Awards held in association with Hotel & Catering Review magazine. The stunning Monaghan estate triumphed at the 30th Annual Gold Medal Awards, winning the hotly-contested Gold Medal People’s Choice Award for Ireland’s Favourite Place to Stay.

Run by leading hospitality industry magazine, Hotel & Catering Review, and judged by an independent jury of experienced hospitality practitioners, the Gold Medal Awards are widely regarded as the most prestigious and coveted awards in the business. A total of 31 category awards were presented at this year’s gala ceremony in the Lyrath Read more

Autumn Show Jumping

Now that Autumn is just about here, it is time for many equestrian enthusiasts to enjoy some indoor show jumping training and competition. Jenny Richardson BHSAI, our Equestrian Centre Business Manager here, shares her top tips!

We welcome many riders here at Castle Leslie Estate for autumn and winter show jumping practice and training. Jumping indoors for some horse and rider combinations can provide somewhat of a challenge! The space is often much tighter, and often, spooky horses find the indoor environment more intimidating. It almost always takes riders by surprise, when they first compete or even attend a clinic indoors, and have to Read more


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