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Pferde - Reiten - Ferien

Reiseberichte aus der Internationalen Presse
Stern
Ferien im Galopp
von Frauke Hunfeld
Eine Woche von Hof zu Hof oder Tagesritte von der Ranch - Irland zu Pferd ist ein Erlebnis von ungeahnter Freiheit.
Strand, Sonne, Meer. Unendliche Weiten, tausendfach grün. Und ein Pferd, mit dem es sich in diese Unendlichkeit hineinjagen lässt. Ein irischer Nachmittag im September.
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Die Zeit
Locker in die Steigbügel

Der große schwere Mann mit den Stiefeln, dem Strickpulli und der Weste nickt noch Paddy und Jimmy zu, dann setzt er sich an die Theke in John Langs Pub und bestellt ein Bier. Der Mann gehört hierher, das spürt mann sofort. Nur sein Name irritiert und paßt irgendwie nicht nach Grange im irischen Landkreis Sligo:Tillman Anhold, ein Aussteiger aus Deutschland
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Im Pferdesattel um die Welt
Mit Pferden durchs wilde Donegal
von Susanne Kappmeier
Wann schmeckt das dunkle, kühle Guinness am besten? -Trailreiter in Irland wissen es genau. Nach sechs Stunden im Sattel, nach atemberaubenden Galoppaden am Meeresstrand, Schrittreprisen durchs Moor und nachdem man sich dreimal verritten hat. Zuhörer im Pub gibt es immer, die sich die Storys der Urlauber anhören. Mehr und mehr werden es,die für ein paar Tage oder sogar ein paar Wochen Irland mit dem Pferd kennenlernen. Sie erleben Ferien, die mit dem üblichen Pauschal-Tourismus soviel gemeinsam haben wie ein Flugzeug mit einem Schaf.
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Im Pferdesattel um die Welt
Tipps vom Profi:
Trailreiter Tilman Anhold
von Susanne Kappmeier
Sie heißen Glenmore oder Glider, Sandy oder Cormack und man kann mit ihnen buchstüblich durch dick und dünn, über Stock und Stein gehen: unsere Irish Hunter.
Sie sind zuverlässige und quicklebendige, trittsichere und erfahrene Partner. So kann man jeden Ausritt und alle Trails durch das wildromantische Donegal in vollen Zügen genießen.
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Reisen & Reiten
Wind, Wasser und grüne Wiesen...
von Jutta Mayer
Wind, Wasser und grüne Wiesen – mit diesen drei Schlagwörtern läßt sich wohl unser Reiturlaub im Südwesten Irlands am besten beschreiben. Nach der frühzeitigen Anmeldung im März und langem, sehnsüchtigem Warten auf den Abreisetag, ging es endlich los. Das Flugzeug brachte meine Freundin Elisabeth und mich von Düsseldorf über Dublin zum Flughafen Kerry County im Südwestern Irelands, wo wir bereits von Mrs. O’ Sullivan herzlich begrüßt wurden.
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Stern
Irland im Galopp
von Uta van Steen
Es ist ein braunes Pony und hört auf den beunruhigenden Namen Flash - Blitz.. Seine Mähne weht so wild wie die Brandungsgischt des Atlantiks, und seine Augen schimmern dunkler als der Himmel über Connemara. "Na komm doch mal her" sage ich forsch und wedele mit dem Halfter. Flash bewegt die Ohren und betrachtet mich aufmerksam....
Flash hat mich im Sturm erobert - in einem Cuaifeach, dem Wirbelwind, den es nur in Connemara gibt.
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Jugend Magazin
Urlaub im Sattel - Irische Impressionen
Ein Sieben-Tage-Ritt durch Südirland: Das schien meiner Frau und mir der richtige Prospekt, der uns Ende September die sprach. Vierzig Kilometer pro Tag, Unterkunft in kleinen Hotels und jede Nacht an einem anderen Ort, gute, gesunde Pferde und ein erfahrener Führer. Hier wurde kein Pony-Treck geboten, sondern ein Querfeldeinritt von Kilarney durch die Grafschaft Kerry, die südwestliche Ecke von Irland, und über die Pässe des Ballagasheen Gebirges, dessen Gipfel so bedeutsame Namen wie Windy Gap (Windige Spalte) und Devils Elbow (Teufelsellbogen) haben. ...der ganze Artikel
   
Pegasus und PferdeRevue
Nach Irland der Pferde wegen
von Martin Haller
Der Wind blies stark hier oben auf dem Bergrücken mitten in der Connemara, er spielte mit den Mähnen und Schweifen der Pferde, zerrte an unseren Regenjacken und Legte das dünne Berggras in silberne Wellen. In dem felsübersäten Tal vor uns lagen braun-grüne Weideflächen, von einem endlosen Labyrinth aus Steinmauern zerschnitten, so dass das ganze Land wie ein riesiges Puzzlespiel erschien.
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Los Angeles Times
Eire Unfolds Astride a Spirited Steed Over hill, through dale and into the heart of a beautiful land and its people on horseback
By ANNE DOWIE
SLIGO, Ireland - It's hard to imagine that there remains in this world a man who will greet you as a friend even though you are a stranger, house and feed you, and let you choose from among his hundred sleek, spirited horses to ride off on your own across a gorgeous landscape for a week or two.

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The Irish Post
Get saddled up in Sligo
Nothing in Life is quite so invigorating as racing across a beachy strand on horseback.

By Brendan Gallagher
If you are not into wild deserted beaches, crashing surf, rugged outcrops and the smell of peat fires you won't enjoy this at all. If you detest the thought of long days in the saddle, hot toddies by a roaring fire,the smack of a salty wind on your cheek, five star foodand probably the best view of any breakfast
room anywhere in the world you'd better move.
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Gallop Magazine
The Esmirald Isle
"A land of Mystery and Magic"
Five miles of caramel sand streched before me. Sun kissed the island´s ridge and the sea swirled at my feet. The air was fresh, salty, full of pre-sunset silence. And I solitude... I was the only person in the whole world, and Inishowne the only horse. He snorted, gathered himself into a tig and danced on the beach. I let the reins run through my fingers and together we galloped at the featureless sand. ...read the whole article
   
Irish Independant
Thunder on the strand

by Peter Cunningham
There are still smidgens of snow, sparkling geometric shapes, up on Benwiskin, Ben Bulben's mountain neighbour. Although the late spring sunshine has coaxed out primproses along every bank, down on Cliffony strand you can see the wind is swirling in from Donegal Bay and unsettling flocks of oyster catchers.
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Irish Independant
The Industrialists from Hamburg
When Elke is not out on a horse, she works in Sligo in Abbott Laboratories. How did she find her way here from Cologne? "I wanted an Irishman," she says and laughs. We are returning up a winding boreen, redolent of blooming gorse. "No, I couldn't live anywhere else." Elke and Tommy also run a B&B and take any of Tilman's overflow. To the industrialists from Hamburg and Berlin who come here, the sight every morning when they get up of sea on one side and Ben Bulben on the other is newly mesmerising.
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The Sundy Times
Sligo Trail, Ireland

What's the attraction? You're given a map, an Irish hunter and the name of the pub you'll be staying in that night - then you're off. Six days, at your own pace, along beaches and forest tracks, mountains and farmland through one of the most untouched parts of Ireland. Your bags are transported by vehicle, while fodder and a field for the evening awayt your horse. All tacking and grooming is done by you.
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The Sundy Times
Galloping across hill and dale in lovely Ireland
Killarney, Ireland – This land’s wildness, mysteries and brilliant shades of green make it one of the Earth’s natural wonders. A horse named Misty took me swiftly on a tour of fancy. I rode over Ireland like a conqueror claiming hitherto unseen lands. With a group of six other tourist and one guide I rode around Killarney’s Lower Lake. ...read the whole article
   
Horse and Pony
Floridians recount trail riding trip to Ireland

When my friend, Sue Kahne said she and her husband, Wally, were going on a riding vacation through Ireland, my husband Joe Faso and I asked if we could tag along. Our flight to Ireland went without a hitch. After a delay at Shannon Airport, we were driven the 83 miles to O’Sullivan’s Killarney Riding Stable. We met our host and hostess Doni and Noreen O’Sullivan.
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Horse Play Magazine
He said / She said:
What one Couple did on their horseback vacation.
Victor Thomas, 54, a biochemist, and his wife, Diane Bova Thomas, 46, a biologist, of Unionville, Pennsylvania, won the horseback holiday contest sponsored by HorsePlay and Cross Country International Equestrian Vacations (CCI). The couple and their daughters, Anna, 16, and Sarah, 13 both Pony clubbers, keep four horses and a pony at home. The family wasn’t always such a horsey bunch. It all began when they won a pony in a raffle eight years ago. ...read the whole article
   
The New Times
Ireland - a view from Horseback
by Wendy Carlson
The pelting rain had worked its way under my waxed jacket and I was soaked to the skin, so I really didn't fancy plunging through the icy surf of the Atlantic Ocean on a giant gelding named Apache. Not that I had much choice. Apache was galloping behind Judd, the equine equivalent of a Mack truck. Every time Judd's saucer-sized hooves hit the beach they spewed sand into my face.
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Newsday
A Ride on the Wild Side:
Horse-Trekking in Ireland
IRELAND’S wildness, mysteries and brilliant shades of green make this land stand alone among earth’s natural wonders’ as Ireland itself stands alone on the edge of Europe. In such a land did a horse named Misty wing me away on a tour of fancy, riding over Ireland’s earthbound heavens like a conquistador claiming hitherto unseen land, with six other tourists and a guide..
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Robb Report
The "Real" Ireland
My next riding adventure took place in Ireland’s wild west, the rugged seacoast dubbed “the most Irish part of Ireland”. Donie O’Sullivan, the garrulous owner of Killarney Riding Stables, offers a variety of inn-to-inn rides that last up to six days. I opted for a day ride along the Ring of Kerry’s seductive sea. O’Sullivan expertly selected a horse to fit each of the six riders. He put a short, inexperienced rider onto a calm Connemara pony and handed me the reins of “Pepsi”, a powerful Irish draught.
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Ireland on Horseback
by Suzy Graham
My two horse-owning sisters and I had always been intrigued by those ads in the horse magazines for equestrian vacations. Finally having come to the conclusion that life is too short to postpone those activities one really wants to experience, we booked a week in Ireland with Cross Country International.
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Practical Horseman
The Beach Gallop
From the castle, we moved on to a day of sightseeing and shopping in Killarney, and a comfortable night at the Glena House country inn before what would be our most stimulating ride. Hurricane Iris's impact on the Irish coast -- waves crashing against shoreline rocks, wind whipping sheets of rain across the cliffs -- failed to dampen our spirits or those of Donie Sullivan, owner of Killarney Riding Stables.
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Australien Gourmet Traveller
Connemara Horseback - Trailriding in Ireland

by Viginia Westbury
WILLIE LEAHY WAS BORN ON MAY 1, which, he says, qualifies him to become a leprechaun. With his round, tanned face and bushy eyebrows, he already looks a bit like one, mind. Willie is the kind of Irishman who says "top of the morning " to you, flirts with all the women, tells a pretty tall yarn and can, you suspect, charm the brass handles off a coffin.
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Ireland on Horseback
by Wendy Carlson

The thunder of galloping hoofs broke the silence of a serene mountain valley. A flock of sheep stopped grazing to wach our posse churn across the landscape, a blur of manes and - tails and determined, red-cheeked faces-This is the Wild West of Ireland. We were riding through Connemara over countryside so mesmerizing I hardly noticed I'd been bumping up and down in the saddle for nearly five hours
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