Come To Us
Situated on the Comeragh Mountains, only a stones throw from the Nire Valley, Toorala is a magical setting for training horses in the art of Classical Dressage. We are located only 10min from Clonmel, Co. Tipperary and 20min from the coastal town of Dungarvan.
Liz Frayling, our head Coach, has a background grounded in the Classical Dressage methods combined with a love of nature and history. Influenced by the teachings of Pluvinel, Baucher, de la Guérinière, Oliveira and more recently Rupert Isaacson we have developed a centre in our corner of Ireland to allow everyone the chance to experience Classical Dressage at it's finest. No matter what discipline or level of experience, our horses will enable you to understand and work towards a clear, stress-free goal of lightness and suppleness.
5-Day Classical Dressage Holiday Package
Introductory Theory Session
6hrs of Classical Dressage Training every day including Inhand and Ridden Work with schoolmaster horses.
Tour of Coolmore Stud
Visit to the Fethard Horse Museum
Visit to the coastal town of Dungarvan
A visit to Sólás na Mara to unwind and experience the seaweed baths a hot stone or full body massage!
Accommodation is not included in price. Price will vary according to which tourist destinations are visited. Lunch is included every day.
We also offer private ridden or Classical in-hand training lessons at our base with Liz Frayling (please see ABOUT US for more info). Private lessons can be with either your own horse or one of our talented Schoolmaster's. Discuss any topic you wish, work on the horses' way of going, test riding etc. Liz uses her expertise as a Classically trained dressage rider and Rider Biomechanics Coach to create fun, informative sessions to help both you and your horse succeed.
What is Classical In-hand Training?
In-hand lessons mark the basics for all of our horses but can be started at any age. This is a great way to start lateral work and teach all of the different elements on the ground first. For example, shoulder-in, travers, leg yield and half pass. By teaching the horse from the ground we eliminate a lot of tension from the equation that often occurs when lateral work is introduced under saddle. It is also a fantastic way to build muscle and improve suppleness. Eventually this then leads to collected work such as piaffe and passage and also canter pirouettes and changes. It's a great way to work the horse in its own right, as part of your warm up or for rehabilitation following injury.
Lessons can be booked on an individual basis or in a block. Please contact us for more information to discuss your requirements.