English and Horse Riding Courses

We specialise in residential English Language and Horse Riding courses for unaccompanied young people aged 9-16 years. All our teachers are fully qualified. There are accompanied excursions to Dublin, Causey Farm or the Irish National Stud. Everyone stays in our modern purpose built accommodation on our farm only 20 km north of Dublin. Because we tailor our programme for the needs of the individual, 40% of our students return to RMEC for another year.

Our English Teaching staff are experienced in identifying the individual needs of each student ensuring everyone learns at a level that suits them so they can reach their full potential. We keep groups deliberately small to allow more time for genuine one-to-one teacher/student support. Students will receive 15 hours classroom English and 15 hours fun riding per week. Because we take a small number of students from all over Europe, there are lots of opportunities to practice English conversation outside lesson time, this enhances their learning experience. Students develop a passion for the English Language and their parents tell us they flourish in lessons when they return to school.

Students stay and eat all meals in the new purpose built complex at the Equestrian Centre at Smithstown Farm with the Beggan Family. All bedrooms are ensuite and students sleep in bunk beds. With panoramic views over the Meath countryside, you can see the horses and ponies eating lush green grass from your bedroom window!

  • 15 hours Horse Riding per week with a qualified BHS Instructor
  • All meals and drinks for the duration of your stay
  • One excursion per week - fully accompanied
  • 24 hour adult supervision in secury farmland location.
  • Purpose built accommodation for students.
  • 15 hours English lessons per week with a qualified TEFL Teacher

What is included in the package?

  • 15 hours English lessons per week with a qualified Teacher
  • 15 hours Horse Riding per week with a qualified Instructor
  • Regular supervised Evening Activities, e.g. tennis and football on our Astro Pitch, art, badminton, rounders, woodland walks, a Friday night disco & more…
  • One excursion per week – fully accompanied – usually to Dublin City Centre, the Irish National Stud and Kildare Shopping Outlet Mall or Causey Farm – ‘The Irish Experience’.
  • For students who stay multiple weeks, on Saturday there is an extra excursion eg: to Grainne Rafter’s Pottery Studio to make ceramics, or a trip to the cinema or bowling.
  • Free airport pick-up and drop-offs and transfer to and from the centre between 10am-6pm on Saturdays.
  • Full accommodation in dormitories sleeping 4 with ensuite shower & WC.
  • All meals and drinks for the duration of your stay.
  • 24 hour adult supervision in secure farmland location.

2024 Dates and Prices

Summer 2024 Start Date End Date Price in Euro
1 Saturday 30 June Saturday 6 July €1495 Click Here
2 Saturday 6 July Saturday 13 July €1495 Click Here
3 Saturday 13 July Saturday 20 July €1495 Click Here
4 Saturday 20 July Saturday 27 July €1495 Click Here

No additional charges apply (but your flight is not included). Please book your flight to Dublin to arrive and depart between 10:00 a.m. to 6:00 p.m. on Saturday to take advantage of our FREE airport shuttle. Students arriving outside this time will be charged 100 euro each way.

Places are limited, so do not wait to reserve your holiday! You must pay a deposit of 300 euros for a 2 week stay payable by bank transfer. The RMEC blue hooded sweatshirt is an extra 50 euro including postage & packing.

We can cater for groups all year around. If these dates do not suit you, please email Amanda – we will be happy to add more dates to our calandar.