Monatrea Equestrian Centre
Welcome to Monatrea Equestrian Centre, one of Ireland’s oldest established Equestrian centres, spanning some 60 years. Founded in 1951 with the purchase of ‘Spinster’ who’s blood lines are still to the fore in the Monatrea horses.
We offer our guests the opportunity to ride with us through quiet country lanes, grassy boreens and open farm land. The beautiful beaches of Whiting Bay, Ardmore and Ferry Point are on our door step which makes for a lovely ride – tides permitting! Choose from a one to two hour hack or for the more experienced a day ride which is approximately four hours.
For those looking for tuition, why not avail of our professional instructors in our outdoor 60 x 20 m ménage. Tuition is available from the top levels of dressage, showjumping and cross country, to begineers sitting on a horse for the first time. There are different types of horses and ponies to ride at Monatrea from queit hackers to ex-european event horses to suit all types of riders both begineers and advanced.
The school is used by local Pony and Riding Clubs for instruction and is available for hire.
If you would like to bring your own horse / pony with you on your holidays to our stables, please do as there is plenty of green grass. Or, why not, leave your horse/ponies here with us on full or half livery in our yard which is a modern American style barn. We also have specially designed programmes/livery for competition horses and ponies, for both if you want to compete them yourself or be an owner and watch your horse gain its full potentional.
Our proximity to several national and international Event courses, Showjumping and Race courses gives our guests at Monatrea the opportunity to view the best of Irish bread horses in action.
The History of Monatrea Equestrian Centre
Monatrea Equestrian Centre has its origins dating back from the mid to late 1950’s, when in fact it had nothing to do with Monatrea at all. Its foundations originate from the farm at Woodbine Hill, in Kinsalebeg, West Waterford on the south coast of Ireland, a stones throw from the sea.
The original founder is Mary Roch-Perks. A fine horse lady and daughter of the late Col. Horace Roch who in the early days started teaching friends and friends children to ride as a side line out of the farm yard as early as 1953. She later married George Perks in 1956. Mary ( now Roch-Perks) is still very active in the equestrian world with consistent winners in the Eventing World and at the Royal Dublin Horse Show.
From the 1950’s through the 1960’s the farm at Woodbine Hill steadily progressed and expanded along with the horses, culminating with the purchase of the house down at Ferry Point called Monatrea in 1968. George and Mary Roch-Perks saw Monatrea had potiental as a Hotel and Country Club.
The horses very quickly left the yard at Woodbine Hill and were reinstated in their new quarters at Monatrea House Hotel and Country Club. The brood mares only remained back on the Farm at Woodbine Hill. The Trekking, Tutition, and Livery blossomed at Monatrea for the next 20 years. Mary’s daughter Laura took over the management of the horse side of Monatrea, who in 1985 married John Griffith. Herself a very successful rider in Show Jumping, and in particular Eventing World. Laura was also a keen Hunting Lady. She was a whip in the U.S.A. under the eye of Mr Ben Hardaway, – himself a keen supporter of the West Waterford Hunt in the days of Tom and Elsie Morgan.
In 1985, due to financial investment required on the farm to bring it into the modern world, Monatrea House Hotel was sold to a Philippian lady to raise funds. It remained a Hotel for another two years until sold to its current Swiss owner in 1988, who has it as a private house. When the Hotel was sold, Laura and John purchased the horses and ponies from Monatrea and moved them to their current location at the Farm House, Springfield. The Farm house was bought by Laura and John in 1986, it was previously a house occupied by Emily Roch ( The mother of Mary and wife of the Col.)in her latter years.
The name Monatrea has remained with the horses ( as a prefix) and as the Equestrian Centre to this day – one of the oldest in the country spanning some 60 years and three generations of instructors. Laura still manages the horses and young stock with her daughter Melian from our modern facilities that have been developed over the years.
The horses are in the blood!
American Barn style stabling with separate tack and feed rooms.
Livery- Competition,full and half livery.
Boot room and sit down area.
Wash down area.
Hay and Bedding barn, home produced haylage.
24 hour security.
Owners living onsite.
Full 60m x 20m ménage with sand and rubber.
Full set of showjumping jumps.
Several cross country jumps on the farm.
Numerous grass turnout paddocks.
Quiet country lanes for hacking.
Bridleways backing onto the farm.
Several beaches that can be ridden on within easy hacking distances.
Monatrea Equestrian Centre Gallery