We are a working farm and livery stables in picturesque Cullenagh, Kilmeadan (also, Cullinagh, Kilmeaden) on the banks of the River Dawn in County Waterford, Ireland.

Facilities include two American barns, a 40m X 60m floodlit arena, riverside and woodland farm trails, individual tack rooms, security gates and large turnout paddocks.

Located ten minutes from the sea and the stunning Copper Coast on the main Rosslare to Cork route, we are convenient for mountains and coastline, character pubs, restaurants, castles, historic houses and gardens as well as horse racing, music and theatre.

We provide self catering accommodation at The Thatch Cottage in the beautiful village of Annestown, which is situated along the Copper Coast. The cottage is nestled in the Anne Valley and it overlooks the sea and Annestown Beach. A network of cliffside paths stretches between the beach and the neighbouring villages. This stunning part of the Copper Coast is an artist's haven, and guests have full access to the art studio at Cullenagh.

For further information, please contact Evie by phone at 051 384121 or by email at cullenaghstables@gmail.com or through our Cullenagh Stables & Farm Facebook page.

Our postal address is Cullenagh Stables, Cullenagh House, Kilmeaden, County Waterford, X91 HT6X

Distance by Car :

Waterford - 10 minutes
Copper Coast - 10 minutes
Dungarvan - 30 minutes
Cork - 60 minutes
Rosslare - 50 minutes
Dublin - 90 minutes

Wednesday, August 16, 2017


Notes on Schooling

Sylvia Loch lectures worldwide on the history of classical horsemanship. She is the author of The Classical Rider, Dressage in Lightness, The Classical Seat and The Royal Horses of Europe. The following is from a recent lecture by Sylvia:

Too few riders are taught the correct use of the reins and how to handle them, but more important than ever - the correct use of the seat.  Once the horse is going forward correctly, the tension on the rein will lessens until it becomes the finest of all the aids.

Contact should be governed merely by the fingers tightening or releasing (for a second) rather than any obvious movement of the hand. I still see hands which draw back or separate in a huge percentage of riders, even those at advanced levels.  This leads me to ask you all, how many of your trainers explain that it is the seat and legs that puts the horse into the hand.  And do they show you how?  I never blame students when they do not appear to know this.  Unfortunately, it is generally the system which is at fault.  There is little respect for the horse's mouth and people are obsessed with getting their horse on the bit, long before they know how to achieve this!

People cannot believe how an engaged horse, ridden on a contact - with the rein straight - and not flopping - can still be as light as a feather on the hand. This takes proper schooling, but it is possible with all.

http://www.sylvialoch.com

Wednesday, July 26, 2017



Tuesday, May 23, 2017

Video: A Little Fun

This video is a short clip from an afternoon at the yard


Tuesday, April 25, 2017

loving the stretch in the evenings



image courtesy of Dee Kinsella

Across The Seasons

Show season and the grooming kit is out
image courtesy of Gillian Corcoran 

Nip In The Air
Spring Colours


Thursday, March 16, 2017

Delighted we have followers in Japan, home to the most beautiful cherry blossoms and the best cars. We are still on the hunt for a new Pajero suitable for an Irish farm.

All suggestions very welcome! 

pic: Cullenagh Stables

Happy St Patrick's!


Tuesday, March 7, 2017

Out and About!


pic: Gillian Corcoran


pic: Julie Lennon

pic: Cullenagh Stables

pic: Stephanie Sweeney

having a chat!

pic: Gillian Corcoran

Friday, February 10, 2017

Tuesday, February 7, 2017

Spa Well at Gorthaclode

The ancient spa well at Gorthaclode fringes the farm. Before doing our homework, we had wondered why there are pools of warm water at different spots along the River Dawn. Their use can be traced back to the days when horses and carts lined the High Road and pilgrims immersed themselves in the healing spring water. The following is a poetic account of those days:

(Via Cartophile's Log)

Do truths find their way home? Are there imprints left behind from centuries before, when smoke and steel drove paths beneath amaranthine skies, through rolling forests ablaze with oranges and golds? The spa well spills its secrets into the pools of colour collecting in the millrace and along the weir and in the trout streams.

In the shadow of a blasting furnace, iron water was collected by the bucketload and pilgrims soaked in the chalybeate spring. The Gorthaclode Spa was hailed as miraculous before events and circumstance dissolved a ritual into history and stories were hidden in the rivers and streams.

Does a landscape summon its stories home? Does an element return to its source over and over?

Sitting along a pathway at Gorthaclode are wagons loaded with steel as they wait patiently for an old railroad to return to life. Sharing a history with the crystalline rock birthed in the soil and pulled home by the lodestone buried in the hills, is this celestial metal merely finding its way home and are we merely the transporters?


 © 2017 Evie Connolly

Saturday, February 4, 2017

twilight

image courtesy of Julie Lennon

twilight's tunnel

time out on the Copper Coast






Sunday, January 8, 2017

The week we joined the Gypsies

Historic Saintes Marie de la Mer is the sacred festive ground for the annual veneration of Saint Sara, saint of the nomadic peoples. This little seaside town in the Camargue region of Provence, France welcomes pilgrims from the four corners of Europe and beyond to venerate the Black Sara during the last week of May each year as well as the Sunday closest to October 22nd.

Romanies, Manouches, Travellers, Tziganes and Gitans fill the streets with music and colour, culminating in the procession to the sea on foot and horseback to celebrate the arrival by sea of three very important saints who are deeply embedded in the life of Saint Sara - they are Mary Magdalene, Mary Salome and Mary of Clopas.

The bearers go into the sea to symbolize the arrival of the Marys. Some stories tell of Sara seeing the Marys arrive by boat. The sea was rough, and the boat threatened to founder. Mary Salome threw her cloak on the waves and, using it as a raft, Sarah floated towards the Saints and helped them reach land by praying. Other stories tell of Sara being a collector of alms who worked for the Three Marys.

After blessings and to the accompaniment of music and the set of bells, the Procession returns to the church. Later that day, there is a ceremony of bringing the reliquaries back up to the 'High Chapel'.

Violins, guitars, dance and singsong light up the evenings at Saintes Maries de la Mer. A multitude of small candles are lit during the festival and children held up in front of the statues as prayers are recited.

The music, colour, artistry and reverence contained within the celebrations reflect the spirit of the nomadic peoples, eternal pilgrims on the world's roads (many are fervent travellers of El Camino de Santiago). Indeed, within the world of art and literature, the Gypsy has for centuries represented the artist's nomadic soul, their connection with the spirit world and their resistance to imposed boundaries and materialism.

This free spiritedness undoubtedly attracted the attention of writers and artists such as Hemingway and Picasso who were visitors to Saintes Maries de la Mer. The painter Augustus John fell in love with Provence, which he claimed "had been for years the goal of my dreams" as he did with the Gypsy and Romany culture. John relinquished much of his worldly pleasures to pursue a nomadic lifestyle and learn the Romany language.

Taking the sturdy Camargue ponies through the wetlands of Provence and along the streets of Saintes Maries de la Mer, hatless (unrecommended, though understandably in keeping with an ancient tradition), there was the feeling of physical and spiritual freedom - the boundariless domain of the nomad and the artist.

Encampment at Dartmouth by Augustus John



Sunday, September 25, 2016

September Sunrise!





along the Weir Path

photo: Siobhan Reddy
photo: Siobhan Reddy

Tuesday, May 31, 2016

Wednesday, April 27, 2016


My Cousin Vinny ready for his guest appearance at Punchestown Festival today!

Friday, April 1, 2016

Wednesday, March 2, 2016


Former Cheltenham winner, Cousin Vinny makes headlines with his career change!

 pictures from Endurance Riding Ireland's fun ride at Cullenagh Stables on February 28th

Julie and Mia

Willow giving her pony a well earned rest!


Haleema

Marisa and Margaret



Stephanie and Julie

Jennifer
Gillian