Ashford Outdoors Activity and Equestrian Centre is located on the magnificent Ashford Castle Estate, one of the most unique venues in the country.
Ashford Outdoors started out in 2015 when husband and wife team David and Mary O’Loughlin took on the family activity business. Whilst loving the horses it was decided to bring action sports into the equation. Fun filled activities like zipline, water sports and bicycles were designed to complement the four-legged friends!
Tim and Brigid Clesham founded Ashford Riding Centre at the ‘Quiet Man farmyard’ on the Ashford Estate.
Tim and Brigid acquired the current property and built the Ashford Equestrian Centre at our current location.
Clay Pigeon shooting introduced as an activity on the estate.
The Mark Philips equestrian clinics were established and the outdoor arena was added.
Mary joined the family business
David established Cunga adventure
Mary and David formed Ashford Outdoors Ltd. The zipwire course was added.
Tree Hoppers course was added
The ‘Clubhouse’ was opened.
Our Mission Statement
‘A family business that provides a safe, high quality and fun outdoor experience lead by knowledgeable and customer focused guides’
Environment & Sustainability
Steps we have taken to be environmentally friendly include switching over to led lighting in our indoor arena, researching rainwater harvesting and eliminating single use plastics where possible. Our horse manure now makes it’s way to various gardens in the area.
The Equestrian Centre
Boasting a full sized outdoor arena, indoor riding school, 15 stables, amazing trails on the quiet estate roads and forest trails, we have something to offer all equestrian enthusiasts. Whether this is private trail riding, lessons or carriage rides.
We breed sport horses, Irish draught horses and Connemara Ponies. Our home bred Irish draught mares are crossed with Irish Draught Stallions and thoroughbreds. We also have some horses with European influence such as the Dutch warmblood. We have show jumping horses and ponies that we like to go to shows with!
Our Partners and Community
- Ashford Castle Hotel
- The Lodge at Ashford
- Veterinarians Paul Cummins, Philip McManus and John Dixon
- Cong, Cross and The Neale Tourism and networking group
- Cong Food Village
- Cong Tidy Towns
- Cunga Cycling
- Neale GAA
- Ballinrobe Rugby Club
- CNM Cornamona
- Taste The View Artisan Foods
- Fior Uisce
- Gain Animal Feeds
- Farrier Mike Corcoran
- Fred O’Connors Ltd Spar Cong