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New Retail Shop for Country and Stable of Olney

Posted on Wednesday, July 2, 2014 by Heather Dodd

countryandstable SHOP
Finally Olney has a country and equestrian retailer again! It comes in the form of a quaint little shop just off of the market square at 6 The Galleries.

Country and Stable of Olney specialise in country and equestrian wear for you and your horse. Originally they only traded online but after their success have opened a shop in Olney at 6 The Galleries.

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They stock Ariat, Toggi, Musto, Pikeur, Horseware Ireland and Le Chameau wellington boots. For horses they stock a wide range of Horseware of Ireland Rugs and Eskadron accessories. Their most recent brand is Jack Murphy which prides itself on irresistible Irish clothing that fuses timeless country styles with a modern twist to help you get the most out of the great British countryside.

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You can purchase from www.countryandstable.co.uk online as well as in the shop or call their friendly customer services team on 0800 054 2205 to place an order. If there is something that catches your eye online and you live in the surrounding area you can use the collection service, you just need to phone their friendly customer service team with your order. If you decide to collect your item you won’t have to pay postage and can view your item in the shop before you buy. If ordering online standard postage is free on any order over £39.

If you visit the shop you can also be entered into their monthly competition to win £100 to spend in store or online. There is no catch! All you have to do is visit the shop and their friendly manager Trish will enter your details for a chance to win.

It is great to have a country and equestrian retailer in the heart of Olney, pop in and have a look.

Country and Stable of Olney- www.countryandstable.co.uk  0800 054 2205- 6 The Galleries, Olney, Bucks, MK46 4DX.

 

A Horsey Heaven at Castle Leslie

Posted on Saturday, May 31, 2014 by Heather Dodd


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Kathy Carter (pictured above) shares her experiences of a recent riding trip to Ireland

Based in 1000 acres of rolling countryside in County Monaghan, the prestigious Castle Leslie Estate is a short flight from the UK. If, like me, you want some intensive tuition at a world-class training establishment, and fancy something different, the three night break I enjoyed could definitely be for you.

The venue, one of the last great Irish castle estates, is idyllic. The 17th century castle, complete with much-loved, 97-year-old, resident eccentric aristocrat, Sir John Leslie, is unique. Think ancient woodland, glittering lakes and pints of Guinness at the end of a long riding day – bliss!

An exciting benefit of riding at Castle Leslie is the 300 inviting cross country jumps – which is why the estate is incredibly popular for eventing enthusiasts and thrill seekers. The Leslie family even has its own motto – Grip Fast – seen on plaques and heraldry around the castle. The story goes that a young Bartholomew Leslie rescued the Queen from a river by asking her to ‘grip fast the buckle on his belt’, and the motto stuck.

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Feeling the burn on the mechanical horse

With lessons on the mechanical horse – an incredibly useful piece of diagnostic equipment for any horse rider – as well as flatwork, jumping and of course cross country riding available, there’s truly something for everyone, no matter what your level of experience. A fairly new addition is ‘taster’ side saddle lessons; in my case on the ever-reliable Wellington. Riding in a real hunting habit and getting used to the feel of a traditional, hand crafted side saddle certainly made me feel like a lady of the manor!

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At the Castle Gate

Most of the horses used for guests at Castle Leslie are lightweight or middleweight Irish Sport Horses, a cross of any type between the Irish Draught and the Thoroughbred. The horses here are typically ‘Irish’ – big, bold, bombproof and beautiful – and are very well schooled and lovely to ride and handle.

For partners who are not so equestrian minded, there’s kayaking on the lake, hiking, clay pigeon shooting or even relaxing in the Victorian Treatment Rooms, which overlook the stables, making this the ideal couples’ retreat. Plus there’s plenty of sightseeing to be done around the estate, tiptoeing around the castle and its dedicated church, St. Salvator’s Church of Ireland.

Why not book a summer retreat now – you will be in horsey heaven!

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Castle Leslie Estate offers many riding packages
, from the ‘Learn to ride in 5 days’ programme and the bring-your-own-horse ‘Hotel for Horses’ package, to the three and five day ‘Horse Sport’ packages, for experienced riders wanting to expand on their skills or try a new discipline. Horse Sport packages cost from £591 with lessons, dinner and breakfast. Flights excluded – they cost around £40 to either Dublin or Belfast airport.

Visit www.castleleslie.com for a full list of programmes; don’t forget the special offers section!

 

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