Riding School Galway

riding arena

Western Stables Galway is a five minute drive from Galway City Centre, 10 minutes from fabulous beach riding at Rusheen Bay and 15 minutes from miles of forestry bridleways. Our experienced and qualified riding instructors look forward to welcoming riders of all ages, abilities and disciplines in our 25 x 55m all-weather sand riding arena.

Senior Riding BHS Instructor, Mary Mitchell teaches all disciplines and specialises in Dressage and Therapeutic Horse Riding. Mary has competed successfully at high level in Dressage Ireland, Riding Club and Connemara Pony Competitions, locally, nationally and internationally, for many years.

She holds a QQI FETAC L.6 Therapeutic Riding Coach Qualification and is accredited by the Institute for Animal Care Education (I.A.C.E)

Mary is also an experienced Special Olympics Equestrian Coach and was responsible for helping regional athletes bring home Gold, Silver and Bronze medals in the 2014 National Game

Contact us today 00 353 (0) 87 2023590 for details.
Mary and Eileen Bennett are co-founders of Horses Connect.

HORSES CONNECT design and deliver equine-assisted programs for people to all ages to enhance personal and professional lives, help identify and overcome challenges and promote whole-person wellness. Equine-assisted interactions are therapeutic interventions, accompanied by specific goals and structured activities that involve horses as a catalyst for change in participants. Programs are tailor-made to match the needs and goals of each individual or group.

Most programs are ground-based and do not involve getting onto a horse and no experience of horses is necessary. Others are built around Therapeutic Horse-riding sessions.… a fun, interactive and highly-effective way to work on specific issues, experiences or challenges. Interaction with horses is recognised globally as a powerful and experiential tool that quickly breaks down barriers and changes behavioural patterns.
We work with children, teenagers and adults, individually or in groups.

Mary and Eileen are also  EAGALA certified equine specialists. EAGALA (Equine Assisted Growth and Learning Association) is a nonprofit professional organisation with over 4,500 members in 50 countries. EAGALA sets the standard of professional excellence in how horses and people work together to improve the quality of life and mental health of individuals, families and groups worldwide.

All our programs are tailor-made, experiential and solution-focussed, and include
  • Life Skills through Horse Skills
  • Wellness and Personal Development Retreats
  • Therapeutic Horse-riding Sessions
  • Equine-assisted Learning Programs
  • EAGALA Model Equine Facilitated Programs
  • Horse Sense for Business People Workshops
  • Horses Connect Special Olympics Equestrian Club