If you haven’t figured it out by now, our family likes animals. My youngest son Ryan has loved horses since he could walk. Ryan rides every time we are at my parents’ farm. Everyday all summer and even at Christmas when he has to dress in enough winter wear to look like the abominable snowman. This was Ryan’s day. We went to see the Irish National Stud Farm!
These stallions lead the Life of Reilly. The stalls are large and luxurious. They each have a sky light and an abundance of straw bedding. And during breeding season they each breed approximately 120 mares!
We arrived after breeding season so the boys are resting and enjoying their individual pastures. The entire farm can only be described as bucolic. There are tree-lined paved walkways. Immaculate barns. Mares and foals grazing on rolling hills. Little ones laying down for a nap in the sunshine. Heaven for a young boy who declared after walking the grounds…”I think I need a farm for myself.”
We enjoyed lunch at the café on the grounds and then it was time for a walk around the Japanese gardens that are part of the stud farm. What beautiful flowers and setting. The last little bit of our stroll came at a quicker pace because Ireland’s weather had decided to return to normal. Rain.