Horses of Ireland: Coláiste ÍdePublished by LeadMare • Jul 21st, 2006 • Category: International Horse, LeadMare Tales
Back to the Future
When Lord Ventry built his estate in the late 1700′s on the shores of Dingle Bay in West County Kerry, did he know what the future held?
Did he know that less than three hundred years later, it would be the home of Coláiste Íde Stables, a riding school nestled between crumbling stone buildings covered with moss and ivy, the same buildings that once housed his employees, horses, and other livestock? Did he realize the building where his children were schooled would be used for stable business, while his original residence would become Colaiste Ide, an Irish-speaking boarding school for girls?
Did he imagine his piece of history would become a place where horses and horse girls learn the skills to make their mark on history?
Perhaps Lord Ventry had no knowledge of the future. Still, when you canter through the lush woods and along the beautiful coastline of Coláiste Íde, you blink your eyes and wonder — have I been transported back in time? You have the odd sense Lord Ventry’s spirit is riding alongside, sitting proud on the back of his grandest horse. You feel the rich history, and are thankful the people of Coláiste Íde are preserving the past for future generations.