It’s almost the start of the eventing season, so just time to squeeze in some last minute training!
If you want to hone your jumping, cross country or dressage, then the Four Day Horse Sportcourse here at the magnificent Castle Leslie Estate is ideal. This course has been specifically tailored for the more experienced rider looking to improve their existing riding skills. This package incorporates a mix of show jumping, cross country, dressage and estate rides within the beautiful grounds of the Castle Leslie Estate. This is a four day programme, where you will be riding every day Read more
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
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”.
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
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.
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 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
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.
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