For over 25 years’, young riders have been an intrinsic part of Crossogue during the summer holiday period.
Being exclusively for our younger visitors at this time, it has a unique atmosphere with many teenagers returning year after year to their home away from home. There were six children in the Molloy family and today the summer camps are just like how we experienced our summers with our friends when we were teenagers. Our young guests enjoy the change of scenery and the variety of horse riding activities that they’ve come to expect at Crossogue.
As well as improving their riding skills, our younger guests also get to make new friends, enjoy safe independence away from home and of course, have fun! Each year we accept young guests aged 11-18 and you can be assured they will receive expert instruction that is carefully tailored to match their ability. We have excellent horses and ponies for all levels of rider and each guest has their own for the duration of their stay. This gives them the chance to nurture a bond and the confidence to develop their riding skills.
Our 2020 camp dates are from Saturday the 13th of June to Sunday the 23rd of August.
Guests stay for two weeks or more, as it allows them to get to know everyone and become immersed in the fun and atmosphere at Crossogue.
During the day when guests are not riding, we have a number of alternative activities at Crossogue including tennis, badminton, table tennis, games, walks on the farm as well as organised team activities and fun competitions. We also show films in the evening.
On Sundays, the only non riding day, guests go on an excursion to a place or event of interest and to see a little of Ireland in the process.
Guests are having their breakfast by 9.00, before being ready to be in the yard by 10.00.
They collect their horses and are supervised as they prepare them for the morning ride. Each ride is approx 1.5 hours in duration and they are rotated between the arena, country hacks and cross country sessions. All riders are in groups of similar ability and we set goals for each individual during their stay.
The midday meal is at 1.00 pm and this is followed by English tuition for those who are participating. Everyone is back in the yard for 3.15 for the afternoon ride.
Following the ride, the horses are returned to the fields and guests have free time to do alternative activities and shower before dinner at 7.30.
After dinner, there is time for more activities and the film if they wish before lights out.
We have a team of qualified English teachers who will provide English tuition to those who wish to participate for 1.5 hours each weekday. We divide guests into groups of similar ability and work on making each lesson both interesting and challenging. We hold the lessons in different locations in the house, surrounding grounds and around the farm! We want to break the conventional class room mould to get attention when we can.
Any specific requirements in this area, please let us know.
All guests arrive and depart on Saturdays and we personally meet and return all guests using Dublin Airport. We will be there as guests come into the arrival halls and on the return journey, we will handle the check in and supervise until departure time. We just ask all guests to arrive and depart as close to midday as possible.
If the only option are flights very early in the morning or late at night, we can organise private transfers, but this is at the clients expense.
Please be careful when choosing your airline and check their conditions regarding allowing unaccompanied teenagers. There are some excellent International airlines offering unaccompanied services and while Aer Lingus doesn’t offer this service, they generally allow under 16s to travel with a signed consent.
Be aware that Ryanair does not allow under 16s without an accompanying adult.
Crossogue, a Listed Georgian period house is constantly alive with the buzz people who enjoy all things equine, guests just become part of it all and it has a feeling of home away from home to many at this stage. There are 8 different rooms ranging from ensuite double rooms to double rooms with a shared bath, to dorm-style shared rooms with shared accommodations. The house also has a living room, dining room, and kitchen – where our meals will be prepared. Just beyond the house are the stables and fields where we can see our horses grazing when we’re not riding.