long term livery & short/holiday livery
Full, DIY, Semi DIY and Grass livery available
Bespoke packages available to suit your needs
Special rates for retired horses and ponies
Inspection of facilities welcome
Holiday and short-term livery available
No horsebox? No problem, Transport available
Philip, who is a BHS Accredited professional coach, is the owner of Maddybenny and actively runs the 120-acre farm. He has vast experience in equestrian activities both nationally and internationally and first competed at the RDS in Dublin in 1963 and indeed competed there again many times up to 2017. Philip also competed internationally for Ireland in Eventing competition from 1973 up to 1994.
He began the stud farm in 1988 and has bred many competition horses for both show jumping and eventing including the diminutive Portersize Just a Jiff who competed with Camilla Spiers on the Irish Eventing team in the 2012 Olympics and who was reserve on the team for 2016 Olympics. Philip has show jumped several of his own home bred horses and was Amateur Ulster Region Champion in 2017 on Senate Hill
Fiona is the yard manager at Maddybenny and is a qualified HSI coach (stage 2). She has competed in show jumping competitions for many years both on her own and on Maddybenny horses and was the Amateur Ulster Region Champion in 2018. Fiona has been teaching for several years, all age ranges and abilities up to competition standard. She also has vast experience in training and schooling young horses.
Tegan, daughter of Philip and Eavan, first sat on a pony at the age of 1 and has been addicted to horses ever since! She started in Pony Club aged 4 years old and went on to represent the Route Hunt Pony Club at the UK Championships, represented Ireland in the Junior European Show Jumping Championships in Germany, and more recently switched to Eventing and represented Ireland at senior level in Nations Cup Championships in Boekelo, Holland.
She is currently producing young horses for show jumping and eventing and campaigning her 4* event horse Texan Style (another home bred horse!)
We offer individual and group lessons to all equestrians on their own horses and we take in horses for schooling.
Arenas available all year, 7 days per week and cross-country course available weather permitting. Riding Clubs and Pony clubs can hire the total facilities for training courses and camps from Easter to October.
Maddybenny has hosted competitions for Pony Club, Riding Club and Eventing Ireland as well as running in house competitions for livery clients. We run Show Jumping, Dressage, Tetrathlon, Eventing, and Derby competitions for all levels.
My horses have been at livery at Maddybenny for more years than I care to mention and during that time the place has gradually developed its facilities to what it is now, and still something is always being improved upon – it doesn’t stagnate! The facilities are good, comprising both jumping and dressage arenas, in addition to a modest- size indoor which is a godsend when it is impossibly wet or as a safe space to school a spooky horse.
There is also access to a very varied cross-country course or even occasionally – fields! For hacking out there are a number of fairly quiet roads from the farm, of varying lengths. And, of course, being Portrush, there is the beach- in fact, you have a choice of 3 beaches if you count Benone and Portstewart. In the summer there’s good turnout grass fields for the horses, and in winter there are sand paddocks for stabled horses. The staff are efficient, friendly, knowledgeable, and willing to give advice and help when necessary. Tuition is also available.
Every week the farrier comes, there is a good local vet, the stables have a worming programme, carried out by the staff. One can make economies by having group call outs for dentistry or injections
I would say the best things about Maddybenny, the big plus points are that you can have company if you want it – this is very important with younger or nervous riders to keep their enthusiasm going; expert advice is on hand if things go wrong; if you are sick or on holiday, someone will be there to look after your horse; and the best thing: a friendly atmosphere, good craic, and beautiful setting of the grounds around the farm.
I have kept horses in livery at Maddybenny for over 20 years, and I love it! The facilities are excellent for all disciplines and constantly being upgraded. The staff are friendly, efficient, and knowledgeable. Most importantly my horse is happy!
I would highly recommend Maddybenny to anyone