Our Horses


At Ballylagan Trails we value our team of horses more than anything else. They are the heart and soul of our South Antrim operation; they are not riding school machines, but individual working horses, with individual traits, who demand our respect. We recognise this and believe ‘if you take care of your horse, it will take care of you”.

All Ballylagan horses have been highly trained and are specialised in other areas, but yet, love being hacked out as a herd and are safe to ride.


Mr Rooney (Stable Name)

Ballylagan’s beautiful 13.2h Irish Gypsy Cob, aged 11, who is trained for a cart, but loves an active hack out. A joy to ride and a real gentleman, he will bring back memories of lounging on your favourite armchair at home! Appropriate for the Beginner to Advanced Rider.


Murphy (Stable Name)

This 16h Irish Sport Horse is the stalwart in the Ballylagan crew and at the age of 24, Murphy takes everything in his stride. He has starred in Re-enactments with live cannons, on cultural parades and in TV scenes. If you fall asleep on board, you can be sure to be taken home on this steed! Murphy in his day hunted and now has earned his place, enjoying all year round organic grazing and pampering in his retiring years. Appropriate for the Novice to Advanced rider.


Snowy (Stable Name)

Prince Fantasia (Green Passport Name)

Another 1st Class Irish Connemara, 14.2h and at the age of 7yrs, he is our next up and coming star…… and oh how he can turn it on with all the flare and finesse. The only dazzling pure grey on the yard, a real looker and he knows it!! He has recently been registered with Show Jumping Ireland and successfully show jumps for a local school up to a metre, but still likes to get out with the herd. Appropriate for the Intermediate to Advanced rider.


Miley (Stable Name)

Je T’aime Millennium (Passport Name)

We are honoured to own this very special 16.3h and, still growing mare. Only 6yrs and owned since the age of 4, this warm blood has the brain of a 10yr old. Still young, and jumping SJI up to 1.10m successfully, she has been known to jump out of the arena, 1.50m. She is the trail blazer and Alpha female of the herd just because of her sheer height and conformation. Miley has beautiful stable manners and is never phased on the road, but she is still learning every day, so requires the advanced rider.


Gemini (Stable Name)

Holiday Candle Light (Green Passport Name)

A 14.2h, 1st Class Irish Connemara, aged 15yrs, she is at her peak, but we are reluctant to sell her on as she is the master of all. In her earlier years she was used as a brood mare and produced 3 Connemara foals with previous owners. She is the most successful on the yard, winning in cross country, Derby’s, 80’s SJI, Endurance Riding and obstacle courses! She has always aimed to please and is always placed in the ribbons. Her most recent 1st was in Newry at the 2018 Kernan’s Equestrian Summer SJI League in the 80’s. She adapts to her rider’s ability and excels with those who are forward going. Her outline tells you she likes a blade of grass at every opportunity. After serving our family and friends well at competition the last 6yrs, she has a soft spot for humans but would rather be left alone in a field of horses!! Appropriate for the Beginner to Advanced Rider.


Lady (Stable Name)

Lady (Stable Name)

The latest recruit to Ballylagan, and confirmation that trail rides are the way forward. Lady is a 10yr old, 15.2h, ex-flat bred race horse, which is rare in these parts of Ireland. This thoroughbred chestnut mare has the sweetest of natures to work around and on board; all you have to do is sit. Don’t worry she won’t take off, she is Lady by name and a Lady by nature.

We have brought this mare to a life she now deserves and every day she shows us that she is grateful. Appropriate for the Novice to Advanced Rider.


DOLLY (Stable Name)

Truly the cutest pony on Ballylagan. Standing at 11.2, age 6, Dolly is the perfect pony for our aspiring young riders on lead rein and enjoys nothing more than a big hug and a groom. Beautifully reared by Liz Graham of the Gobbins, Islandmagee, Dolly loves a good party and has been known to sneak into the house to eat all the cake~the Ballylagan Tea Room better watch out!!

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Join us on a Trail ride

Our trail rides are Suitable for all abilities, novice to advanced, we also provide 1 ¼ hr, 2hr & 3hr treks.
(Helmets and boots can be provided), call us today on 07926 622 351



12 Ballylagan Road,
Straid, Ballyclare,
Co. Antrim, BT39 9NF



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