About Us

Nestled in beautiful west coast countryside between Ballina and Enniscrone, Iceford creates an enjoyable and memorable experience for all levels. Offering countryside treks for beginners cross country and beach rides for the experienced, Pony camps and birthday parties for the junior riders. Our instructors are highly qualified, enthusiastic and knowledgeable paired with a superb range of horses and ponies.

Iceford is located near to the towns of Ballina and Enniscrone on the Mayo/Sligo border in Western Ireland. Hidden in the estuary of the Moy and along the sea shore ,Iceford is the natural gateway to Mayo and Sligo on the Wild Atlantic Way. We are only a 2 hour drive north of Galway city and 1 hour drive north of Westport, Co. Mayo. Ireland West Airport Knock is less than an hour’s drive away (45 mins).

Aire Aproved

The Association of Irish riding Establishments (AIRE) is the body authorised by the Department of Agriculture to regulate standards in riding schools across Ireland.

Iceford Stables has been AIRE approved since we opened in 2009.

Whether you are looking for riding lessons , trekking or anything in-between, Iceford stables being AIRE approved will have all the boxes ticked for you. 

Every AIRE approved centre is inspected on a yearly basis to ensure that the quality of teaching, safety regulations and welfare of animals are up to standard.

Instructors at Iceford have Garda vetting , safe guarding  and first aid certificates as well as being AIRE assessed and hold BHS qualifications to stage 4 and Intermediate Teaching.

One of the major benefits of going riding at Iceford is that all you need to bring is yourself. An approved centre will provide you with all you need from the horse to your riding equipment, including helmet and boots.

Our Horses

Our horses welfare is of paramount importance to us at Iceford Stables. We provide very high level of care to our horses and we work with a number of key suppliers including farrier, dentist and vet

Iceford has a large variety of horses to suit all ages and levels of rider, from your small friendly lead rein beginners pony or  the quiet happy hacker to the retired event horses that will bring you up the levels of training whether its dressage, show jumping or cross country your into .

The Irish Draught, Irish cob and Connemara pony are all part of the team here at Iceford. These horses and ponies have great temperaments and willing attitude towards work, which make them great school horses. We spend a lot of time assessing and schooling them before they enter the lessons to ensure that they will enjoy their job and give you a safe and memorable experience.

Horses For Sale

Iceford can also help you to find a forever friend.  Once you let us know what you are looking for, we can find you a happy hacker or a more competitive horse or pony. Our team will work with you in helping you to achieve that dream.  The horses and ponies that have come through Iceford have gone on to be successful eventers,  show jumpers, dressage horses. We ensure they are safe and reliable companions for their new riders.

Our Facilities

  • Indoor arena with a quality surface
  • All weather cross country course with 3 water fences
  • 2 outdoor arenas 20m x 40m & 40m x 60m which is linked to the cross country
  • Enniscrone beach  nearby
  • Large comfortable stables
  • Over 30 acres of farmland for trekking

Equestrian Holidays

Imagine heading off for a break and having an equestrian holiday tailored to suit you and your level of riding.  Your own horse is welcome to come on livery here at Iceford or you can experience one from our team, while you stay in one of the local hotels or B&Bs. Your holiday will be packed with all your favourite activities instructed at your level (lessons, cross country, showjumping, beach, trekking and mountain rides).

Other activities in the area include kayaking, surfing , paddle boarding, salmon and trout fishing and fishing charters. If you prefer to stay on land there are walking trails, North Mayo Sculpture trail, archaeological tours, bike hire and guided tours.

If you would like to improve your English in a fun and creative way Iceford work closely with Donmar Cottages and Language and Culture west.

Remember this is your holiday and Iceford want to help you to make it extra special.