MAY 2024 Timetable

Important dates:

  • BHS 1st Ride Assessment 24th & 26th June – 4 spaces available
  • 2 day Pony Camp July 3rd & 4th and 10th & 11th.


***NEW Beginners Class Semiprivate 3.30pm. Beginner Riding Lesson 45 mins. Care & Ride Classes. 4 Weeks course. Aimed at 6 – 8 years of age.

Mondays Private Lessons

Tuesdays 7th, 14th, 21st & 28th (4)

Wednesdays 1st, 8th, 15th, 22nd & 28th (5)

Thursdays 2nd, 9th, 16th, 23rd & 30th (5)


Equine Therapy Sessions TRR

Tuesdays 7th, 14th, 21st & 28th (4)

Wednesdays 1st, 8th, 15th, 22nd & 29th (5)

Friday 3rd, 10th, 17th, 24th & 31st (5)

Saturday 11th, 18th, 25th (3)

BHS Courses & Assessments 2024

We are a BHS & AIRE Approved in Co Dublin, we are also a BHS training and assessment Centre.

📌BHS Ride Safe Silver CA – 20th March (4 spaces left)

📌BHS Stage 2 Training – 4th March Online Care Section

📌BHS Stage 2 Assessment – 10th May (1 space left and 2 for Lunge repeats)

📌BHS Stage 1 (through the Challenge Awards) – 18th May ( 2 spaces left)

Bookings can be made for the online courses on

Please check out our list of courses in the comments below. All enquires please email Catriona


Equine Therapy Volunteering

TY Students can gain their Gaisce Awards as a community volunteer. Helping 1 day a week over 13 weeks. Learning valuable communication skills, and gaining a deeper understanding of empathy and patience. Contact Catriona for more details at

BHS training and assessments Feb/March

BHS training and assessments February and March.

Balcultry Stables, Swords, Co Dublin.

Challenge Awards Silver Riding Out Safely. 

1st Ride exam for the Stage 1 assessment.  

12th Feb Mon x Zoom 7pm.

14th Feb Wed All Day at Stables. 10 am to 4pm

All material and training is included e165.

BHS Challenge Awards Silver.  

BHS Stage 1 Through the Challenge Awards. 10 am to 1pm. 3x Days Saturday 24th Feb Pre Test. Saturday 2nd March Training. 9th March Assessment/Exam.  * CA Ride Safe not included.  e430

BHS  Membership not required.

To book contact Catriona by email

Christmas Clinics 2023 Balcultry EC

Christmas Clinics 2023

Pole Dancing on Thursday 28th December and Show Jumping Saturday 30th Dec. Both great ways to keep fit and prepare you and your horse for competition.

Price e40 per rider small groups of 3/4 to a group. Bookings on Balcultry Stables – Its Plain Sailing Online Payments page events

Please put your choice of heights that you are comfortable jumping. Contact Catriona if your unsure which clinic to book. Email #britishhorsesociety #Showjumping #Dressage

How to find your New Best Friend!

BHS First Horse/Pony Guide

🐴Taking on the responsibility of a pony is an exciting commitment for you and your the whole family! 🌟Join our BHS award program to learn all about buying a horse/pony, its care and practical skills.

#Giftideas for Pony Mad Kids young and old !

Tuesday 2nd January 7pm over Zoom. Book and certificate included e34.99. #britishhorsesociety #lovehorses

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November Calendar of Events @Balcultry

November Calendar of Events @Balcultry

ClassDetails  Booking Link
Pony Camp2nd & 3rd Nov Thur & Fri 9.30 am to 1pm. Ride, Care and Games.Click Here
Beginners  Wed 3.34pm 8th, 22nd & 29th November. (3 Classes) Thur at 4.15pm 9th, 23th & 30th November. (3 Classes)Wed Beginners Click Here Thurs Beginners Click Here
Novice / IntermediateThur 5.15pm 9th, 23th & 30th November. (3 Classes)Thurs Novice Click Here
 Equine Therapy SessionsNEW Kids 6 to 12 years old.
Book directly with Catriona
Tue and Fri mornings and afternoons
Clinics Horse Owners  Clinics Dressage, SJ, XC and Pole Work  Full details Click Here  
  BHS Training & AssessmentsBHS Training & Assessments Dates listedListing on our website Click Here  
 Online TrainingCovering topics over Zoom that help & advise horse owners and career students.List of events here  
Notes: No Lessons 15th, 16th & 17th November. bookings – please let me know if you wish to book the pony camp with your stable cards. Text Catriona 086 052 8313 or email
#AIREApproved #britishhorse #lovehorses


BHS Silver Challenge Dates

We have BHS training and Assessments coming up, for the Silver Challenge Awards. 

These BHS Silver Challenge Awards will grant students direct entry to BHS Stage 2 on completion. There are 8 subjects/topics equal to the topics in the BHS Stage 1 plus some of the Stage 2 topics are included.  

The training will cover the contents of the BHS Bronze and Silver Awards. No membership is required for these awards. 

Dates: at Balcultry Stables EC

Saturday 11th Nov Mock Assessment

Saturday 18th & 25th Nov Training

Saturday 2nd Dec Assessment

To enquire contact Catriona @ Balcultry Mob; 086 052 8313 or email

BHS Training Online over Zoom

These classes are aimed at horse owners and to help those who wish to pursue a career in the Equine Industry. Giving guidance, sample Q&As for those taking the BHS Assessments Stage 2 & 3. Mondays 7.30pm – 9pm

16-Oct  Feeding: Feeding a horse in different levels of work and special cases e.g. young, old, or sick horses. Keeping horses and ponies through the seasons stabled and at grass. How to make up a simple feed chart.

23-Oct Health & Welfare: Recognise when a horse is off colour or is not sound and should not be worked. Treatment of minor wounds and basic nursing. When to call the Vet. Understand the importance of regular worming, the inspection and care of the horses’ teeth and keeping health records.

6-Nov Anatomy: Thorough knowledge of the points of the horse, and the horse’s skeletal frame. The basic outline of the digestive system. The basic structure of the horses’ foot and its function. The position of the main internal organs in the horse.

13-Nov Tack & Rugging Up: Uses and fitting of rugs and blankets. Bandaging for warmth, protection and simple veterinary purposes. Washing & Storage or rugs and blankets. Principles of biting. Daily cleaning and care of all saddlery. Fitting lunging equipment, various types of boots, breastplates and martingales. Inspection of horses for injury from ill fitting saddles, bridles, boots etc.

Bookings click

BHS Challenge Awards Training and Assessment

Where: Balcultry Stables EC, Swords Co Dublin.

Starts: Wednesday 4th October 2023 7pm -9pm. 2hrs over 4 weeks. (4th, 11th, 18th and 25th October)

Covers: BHS Silver CA The Care Section Caring, Knowing and Handing Horses.

Training Fee: €200 Handouts and reading materials included.

Assessment: (Optional and extra cost) 3 awards and booklets in the Care Section. Saturday 11th November am.

These BHS Silver Awards will grant you direct entry to BHS Stage 2 on completion. There are 8 subjects/topics and are equal topics in the BHS Stage 1 and more. The training will cover the contents of the Bronze and Silver Awards.
Entry Requirements: A good understanding of horses is required; Riding sections you should be competent in trot, canter and jumping. Silver awards are recommended for over 13 years of age. Please read the Challenge Awards Learning Outcome document.

Please fill out the booking form and we will be in contact with you as soon as possible.

Booking form; Enquiries to Catriona at Balcultry Stables EC text 086 052 8313 or email

Pony Camps

We have a super pony camp days 10am to 3.30pm. Ages from 11 to 16 years.

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