Ireland’s Ancient East

“Ireland is the land of the horse”

Irish people are known all over the world for their unique understanding and bond with horses. It’s in their genes, culture and their ancient history.   Ardeo Sport Horses offers exposure to these great Irish stories and personal experiences and underlines the connection that Irish people have with horses.

The horse has been a staple part of Irish life and mythology since earliest times – the mystical white mare emerging from the mists of Tír na nÓg, the mounted warriors of Fionn mac Cumhaill thundering over the land. The objectives of Ardeo Sport Horses is to give their customers and visitors the opportunity to hear the untold stories about the Irish horse, the real local experience!

Ardeo Sport Horses is based in the heart of County Wicklow, which is affectionately known as ‘The Garden of Ireland’, just 30 minutes south of Dublin. Wicklow is a truly picturesque part of Ireland and an area that should go on your list of places to visit in Ireland in 2018. From dominating mountains and stunning coastline to quaint villages and wonderful pubs, there is so much to see and do in Wicklow that you’ll probably want to consider spending a few days in the ‘Garden County’.

What better to visit than Ardeo Sport Horses.  In these lush green landscapes of Ireland’s Ancient East at Newcastle, County Wicklow, customers will get the opportunity to feel their horses springing into life at Ardeo’s new purpose built equestrian facility, inspiring people to ride better and return to their overseas homes with passion for riding the Irish horse.

For these Wicklow pastures are where world-beating horses are bred, including the famous Olympic event horse, Paulank Brockagh, who was bred in Newtownmountkennedy by Paula Cullen and who won the world famous Badminton four star horse trials in 2014 in England.  Managing Director Sarah Slazenger of Powerscourt Estate in Enniskerry, County Wicklow and her husband William Micklem bred two top class international horses including High Kingdom ridden by the well-known Royal Olympian Zara Tindall at Rio Olympics in 2016 and Mandiba ridden by the American Olympian Karen O’Connor.

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