The base for the Clew Bay Trail Ride is at Drummindoo Stud. Our family business was founded by Paddy Joe and Patsy Foy in 1963. Some stallions that have resided here include the famous Connemara ''Carna Dun'', the Thoroughbred ''Fast Frigate'' and the Irish Draught ''Shuttlecock to name but a few. Initially horses were bred, produced and sold worldwide. In 1979 they started to offer horse riding. The farm has been developed over time from a small stud to a modern equestrian facility which includes American barn stabling, an indoor arena, outdoor menage and a gallop track (all with a sand and rubber surface).
Our association with horses goes back generations and we have been serving the Irish Horse Industry for many years.
Our stud has won awards in the Bord na gCapall Best Run Stud Farm on two occasions. Our stallions have brought home the Croker Cup from the RDS twice, in 1984 with ''Fast Frigate'' and in 2004 with ''Spirit House''. Drummindoo Stud has played host to various prestigious equestrian events and since 1990 the annual Westport Horse and Pony Show.
MEET THE TEAM
After working in various sectors of the equine industry including show jumping, showing, racing and breeding Padraic qualified as a Riding Instructor. He has served as a Master Trainer for the Central Performance Testing of Registered Connemara Pony Stallions.
Padraic established the Clew Bay Trail Ride in 1995 as he perceived a market for a quality equestrian product in the beautiful Clew Bay region. Since then people from all over the world have enjoyed this unique experience.
He felt that traditional horse training methods did not always meet the needs of the horse and he believed that if people could understand and communicate better with horses, life would be better not only for the horses but for people too. When he discovered Monty Roberts Concepts, he decided to learn more. He travelled initially to the UK to study with Kelly Marks, then to the Monty Roberts International Learning Center in California to further his education in this trust based non-violent way of training horses and qualified as a Certified Monty Roberts Instructor in 2015. When he is not riding on the trail Padraic is busy training horses and people as well as offering Horsemanship Courses and Clinics in Monty's Methods.
Ailise represents the third generation at Drummindoo Stud. She first started riding when she was about two years of age and had her first pony Polly Pockets about a year later. Over the years her passion for all things equestrian has grown thanks to ponies such as Jack Flash and Scooby Doo to name but a few.
She has competed in showing, showjumping and hunter trials as well as going fox hunting and has a lot of practical experience.
She is in demand for turning horses out to a high standard and has prepared some for international competition.
As the primary rider for all horses started at the stud and she has started nearly all of the trail horses. Ailise is currently studying Equine Business Management at Athlone Institute of Technology.
When not studying or working with young horses she helps out on the Clew Bay Trail Ride. She loves riding on the trail, getting to know people and taking photos of participants. She can even shoot video from a galloping horse.
Her plans are to travel abroad to learn more about horses and become an all round equestrian.
Paddy Joe Foy
Paddy Joe founded Drummindoo Stud with his wife Patsy in 1963.
His family association with horses goes back generations. Paddy Joe's grandfather who lived in the small village of Aughagower, just outside Westport provided transport for the local priest by horse and sidecar in this vast parish. Paddy Joe has a keen interest in driving and provides a horse drawn carriage service for special events. The Henry Brothers (relatives of Paddy Joe) emigrated to Kenosha, Wisconsin in the early 1800's and ran a very successful horse livery business there.
Paddy Joe's career spans decades. Initially he stood stallions and exported horses and ponies internationally. In 1979 he developed a horse riding service at Drummindoo Stud. All along he has been judging at shows both at home and abroad. He is well known in the horse industry as a good judge with a keen eye for conformation and movement. His favourite breeds are the Connemara Pony and Irish Draught Horse and he has been actively involved in their development over the years. He has served on the Irish Horse Board and has been National Chairman of the Irish shows Association.
He provides invaluable experience to ensure the smooth running of the centre.