BHS Adult Camp

Fun filled British Horse Society Ireland Adult Camp
Balcultry Stables, Balcultry Road, Swords, Co Dublin
14 to 16 June 2019

We have a new camp planned for Adult BHS Gold Members with their equine partners at Balcultry Stables, during June.  Balcultry Stables is a new venue for us and we are hoping that it will suit our BHS Gold Members living in the Republic of Ireland.

This will be the seventeenth year of the BHS Ireland camps and they are suitable for all levels of rider and horse novice to advanced.

The camp will begin on the Friday morning and end on the Sunday afternoon.  There will be six lessons on offer spread over the three days and we will have a selection of top instructors/coaches to keep us all inspired and motivated.

Accommodation for your horse will be at Balcultry Stables and accommodation for you will be a Kettles Country House Hotel, (, which is very closeby.

There are two cost options:-

Shared accommodation at Kettles Country House Hotel Euro 555 per horse and rider

Single accommodation at Kettles Country House Hotel Euro 615 per horse and rider.

For the horse this will provide two nights stabling and bedding, hay/haylage and for the rider two nights accommodation, all meals, six lessons, a variety of talks, demonstrations and home grown entertainment in the evenings. Book quickly to secure your place.

Payment may be made via Paypal to the BHS Ireland account at the address, or by cheques made payable to The British Horse Society. 
(Please note that a minimum of 12 paid up places is required for a camp to take place). 
Payment may be spread over a number of months

Contact Susan Spratt, BHS Manager for Northern Ireland & Republic of Ireland to find out more…


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BHS Ireland Adult Camp

17 to 20 June 2019
Balcutry Stables, Balcultry Road, Swords, Co Dublin

Information for Campers Below

·      Please arrive at Balcultry Stables, Balcultry Road,  Swords, Co Dublin between 11.30am and 12.30pm on Friday, 17 June 2019.
·      Check in for both horse and rider will take place on arrival and this will be followed by lunch and an introduction to the camp at 1pm.
·      There will be 5 lessons in total over the weekend. Or a lesson may be replaced with an accompanied hack in the estate. The first lesson will be a flat lesson and the time will be sorted when you arrive.
Lesson 1: on the Friday afternoon
Lesson 2 and 3 on Saturday: one in the morning and one in the afternoon
Lessons 4 and 5 on Sunday: one in the morning and one in the afternoon
·      Please note accommodation for riders is in Kettles Country House Hotel which is a short drive from the stable yard.

Facilities Provided:

Stable with mucking out equipment



Breakfast, lunch and evening meal.

Things to Check and What to bring:

  • Please ensure your BHS Gold Membership is current.
  • Please ensure your horse has been vaccinated for Flu/Tet. – Please bring his/her passport with you. (Flu/Tet timescales and information attached – it takes 21 days for the first two compulsory vaccinations.)
  • Please check your Riding Hat!
    A correctly fitted and secured hat must be worn when mounted, lungeing, leading or loading horses. Hats must carry one of the following current hat standards, PAS 015, ASTM F1163, VG1 or Snell E2001 and should carry a BSi ‘KITE’ mark or the American equivalent, the ‘SEI’ mark. All hats should carry a ‘CE’ mark.
    (For further information refer to
  • Please check your Body Protector!
    These are MANDATORY for cross-country jumping and it is a requirement that your arms are completely covered. The body protector must be BETA Level 3 2009 or 2018 label.
    Level 3 (purple label) is considered appropriate for general riding, competitions including eventing and working with horses. Level 3 body protectors should prevent minor bruising that would have produced stiffness and pain, reduce soft tissue injuries and prevent a limited number of rib fractures. (For more information refer to stallions except with special permission.
  • Footwear – Jodhpur boots or long riding boots (leather or rubber) must be worn for riding. Fitted Leather gaiters or half chaps in good condition may be worn with jodhpur boots. For Riding there must be a minimum clearance of ¼ inch either side of the stirrup. When not riding you can wear shoes or boots suitable for stable tasks.
  • Your Horse must be a minimum of four years old
  • Horse feed. Fly spray is recommended.
  • Wine etc
  • All the usual necessary equipment for you and your horse!

Things to Note for Your Safety

Jewellery – Must not be worn. Permitted items include a watch. Studs or piercings of any sort are potentially dangerous and should be removed.

Hair – For health and safety reasons, hair that is shoulder length or longer should be tied back.

Gloves – It is highly recommended that gloves are worn when riding, lungeing, leading and loading.
Dress  – is smart casual with jodhpurs/breeches of any colour, comfortable clothing on top to suit the weather conditions – preferably with long sleeves – this is compulsory for cross-country.  You would be advised to bring waterproofs.

Dogs – Dogs are not permitted.