I have been keeping my hunters with Hawthorn Farm for 13 years now and cannot recommend James and his team highly enough. The care and attention to detail is outstanding and my first hunter was always one of the best turned out in the hunt field every Saturday. Any injury big or small is immediately and thoroughly attended to and I never have the slightest worry my horse isn’t always in the best of care. I recently bought a very green horse that had great potential for the hunting field but clearly needed a lot of work and James and the team at Hawthorn supported me all the way. This is not a horse I would have even considered buying if I didn’t know I had the Hawthorn Farm support in the background. The facilities have everything you need from a gallops to an indoor arena, outdoor arena, a derby course and even ditches for schooling. I am able to use these facilities to school Freddie myself every weekend but more importantly the Hawthorn team started him off with plenty of much needed professional schooling and continue to do so and he is now flying in both the hunt field and at the hunter trials.
As a long standing client and livery owner in Hawthorn Farm I would like to outline the benefits of keeping my horses there over the years. I have had 4 horses over a 25 year period with the O'Haire family and have experienced a lovely friendly family run yard with exceptional care and attention given to the horses at all times. The welfare of the horses is of paramount importance to the family.
The atmosphere is very relaxed in Hawthorn which lends itself to 'happy horses ' and they all get a run out in the paddocks on a daily basis for the well being of their minds and to kick up their heels.
The facilities are excellent with a 6 horse walker, a recently refurbished indoor arena, an outdoor arena, a sand gallop which is available to use at all times and is great for keeping horses fit, and a Derby schooling field with an assortment of skinnies, banks, drops and tyres to add to the excitement when schooling or preparing for competition.
Shay, James and Ciara provide individual attention to each client to ensure all their requirements are looked after. James with the assistance of Richard ensures all the horses are fit and well schooled and prepared for eventing, hunting and showjumping.
There are a variety of horses in the yard currently with 1-4 Star Event Horses, Hunters, Riding Club and Pony Club competition horses all enjoying the lovely facilities available to them.
I can recommend Hawthorn Farm as an excellent yard which caters for every type of horse and rider and can only encourage people who are looking for a very happy relaxed atmosphere for their horses to come and experience it for themselves.
I have just finished my second season having my new hunter Miss Ruby-Tyro at Hawthorn Farm in Coill Dubh and I can’t thank them enough for the excellent facilities and care where my new hunter settled in so quickly and so well.
She is, as is every horse there, turned out impeccably for every hunt/hunter trials; her fitness far exceeds mine and I only hope my kids will get me a place where I will be looked after as well as they do at Hawthorn Farm.
The O’Haire’s run a top class stable which we have enjoyed with indoor and outdoor arena, full size gallops and plenty of jumps indoor or outside. They helped me find this mare which they thought would suit me/my age and they got it just perfect in all areas.
Thank you all at Hawthorn Farm.
I first sent a horse to James to break about 18 years ago and i am so glad I did. I have always had horses with him since then. They have all been really well produced and not hurried. He treats each one as an individual. He is very generous with his time and discusses with me his plans for each on a regular basis. He will give you an accurate and honest assessment of each horses ability.
James has helped me with a couple of young horses and he did a fantastic job. He is very quiet, relaxed, balanced and professional - everything you want working with young horses