News News News News News News News News News News News News News News News News News News News
Here's our News Page - Scroll down to read the latest news from Rose Cottage Riding School

[Menu]

 

Rose Cottage Riding School, Malin

Following expiry of its lease on the land, Rose Cottage Riding School is closed until further notice

In the thirty or so days to 4 January 2013 and even though this site is not being regularly maintained, we have been pleased to welcome visitors to this web site from 10 cities in 6 countries! 
These countries are listed here roughly in descending order of the number of contacts:

  Google translation

United Kingdom
Ireland
United States

Australia
France
Netherlands

Thank you all so much for your interest.  Do please come back and visit us again.

The countries and cities identified here are based on Google's location of the top level domain of the requesting site. The hosting server suggests even more! This is therefore only a very approximate summary and may be incomplete but it is fun nevertheless. Under this method of counting our record number for visitor countries in any 30 day period is in August 2009 and stands at 26!

 

 

Rose Cottage Riding School, Malin

     On the 12 May 2012 we said goodbye to 'Song Of Easter'.

     She was 34 years old and had had many happy years retirement with us, we and the wonkeys will miss this golden oldie, RIP Sweet Easter x x x

 

Rose Cottage Riding School, Malin

Our 2012 Calendar is now available in PDF format hereEnjoy all the year round some views of Rose Cottage at its height.

 

 

Rose Cottage Riding School, Malin

 

  Former riders at Rose Cottage Riding School certainly remain keen and dedicated to practice their sport - as this picture shows! 
  Picture taken 4th February 2012 at Bunagee beach.

  Now, the question is:  Do you recognise the horse and rider?

 

Rose Cottage Riding School, Malin

 

Do you really know all the points of your horse?  We've just added this annotated image to our web site.  Go to our Fun page to check your knowledge..

 

 

 

Rose Cottage Riding School, Malin

 

We hope you all had a lovely Halloween 2011.  Let us know how you celebrated.

 

Rose Cottage Riding School, Malin

Some of Tommy Cooper's jokes have been added to our fun page!  Take a look now here

 

Rose Cottage Riding School, Malin

We've some sad news to report about Kate's special horse Hamlet.  He died today, 26th May 2011. Kate who had had him for 18 years said:

"Hamlet was amazing, a legend, a superstar, a horse in a lifetime!! and more than all this he was MINE!!! I loved him as much as he loved me and my heart is broken, I have worried about his welfare for as long as I can remember and now he is gone.. There is a huge hole in our lives God Bless him Run Free big man! Cause chaos as always!"

 

 

Rose Cottage Riding School, Malin

It's really spring now.  We have just put up some new pictures - and a few nice older ones - on the Behind the Scenes page.   See our favourites around the yard!!

 

 

Rose Cottage Riding School, Malin

A Happy New Year to you all...

Our 2011 Calendar is available here for download. It has some lovely pictures! 
We hope you enjoyed our downloadable Christmas and New Year card. Kate and all at Rose Cottage would like to thank all our customers and website visitors for their custom over the past year.
If you want to buy a present why not get a voucher?  Rose Cottage vouchers make the ideal present.

 

Rose Cottage Riding School, Malin

Have a look at some pictures of our 2010 Halloween Ride!!  Aren't you scared?

We are so grateful to Liam for these excellent shots.  Have some fun yourself at Rose Cottage Riding School.

 

 

Our New 2011 Calendar is out!!  Have a flick through it and even download it for your own use HERE!!

 

Rose Cottage Riding School, Malin

Halloween 2010 at Rose Cottage..!  

We're looking forward to seeing you at the Halloween Games on Friday 29th October or the Halloween Sunday Ride - Sunday 31st October.

Give Katie a call to book. +353 (0) 876311676

 

 

 

 

Rose Cottage Riding School, Malin

Google Street view came to Ireland on the 1st October 2010

If you want to go to Google Street View and see for yourself, look at the wonderful scenery in the area or simply see the view from our outdoor school just click here

 

Rose Cottage Riding School, Malin

Sarah Brophy, a rider at Rose Cottage Riding School, wins GOLD at the 2010 Special Olympics Ireland!  How about that?  Out of 323 persons selected to represent Ulster at the Limerick event this year there were around 49 athletes from Ireland competing in Equestrian events. Sarah was in Team Ulster and there were 10 in that team. The Equestrian part of the Special Olympics was held in Clonshire Stables, Adare, Co. Limerick.  Sarah, who has been riding for seven years had qualified last year in the Ulster regional competitions at the Omagh Riding for the Disabled Association (R.D.A.) stables. Well done Sarah - a fantastic job.  See some photographs of this event here.

 

 

Rose Cottage Riding School, Malin

Just a bit of news about Harvey. Regulars to this web site will recall Harvey and Ivan a Clydesdale youngster and a lovely donkey who came to us but who soon went to live with Diane.  Well, Harvey, who is still only three, was measured the other day at 16:3hh.  Harvey looks like he will easily beat the usual 17hh when he's finished growing - though that could be a while yet.  We'll try to keep you updated so watch this space...  Recent (small) pics of him can be seen on our Behind the Scenes page.

 

Rose Cottage Riding School, Malin

We are delighted to report that Rose Cottage has a new donkey!!  How about that for fast action?  She is Coco and will be a friend for Ballynally who has been so upset at the death of her long time friend, Pepsi which we reported below.  Go to our Behind the Scenes page to see details and a couple of pictures.

 

Rose Cottage Riding School, Malin

Pepsi doing what she liked best! We are sad to have to report that our elderly white donkey, Pepsi passed away peacefully in her stable on the 9th April.. It was a very sad day for everyone and her friend Ballynally is very upset.  We originally bought Pepsi to even up the girls to the boys and knew she was well in her 20's then, but it is still sad when these things happen. Pepsi was very happy here and had had a relaxed few years choosing to stay in her field or come into her stable depending on her mood and the weather.

 

Rose Cottage Riding School, Malin

We shall be holding our usual Good Friday jumping day and following it with Games on Easter Monday.  Do let Kate know if you want to take part.  Then we have Pony Days scheduled for Wed 31st March and Wed 7th April.  We hope to have some pictures of all of these soon.  Oh, and Knikki has now had his wolf teeth removed (see original story here) and will be starting work again over Easter.  It's all go at Rose Cottage!

 

Mia came Second and was rated Excellent at the St Patrick's Celtic Winners Show at the National Show Centre, Cloghran, Co Dublin held on 17th March 2010 in ring No. 11 and judged by Mr J. Keogh.Mia is Kate's Siberian Husky.  The class included the following breeds Dobermann Pinscher, Giant Schnauzer, Hovawart, Leonberger and of course the Siberian Husky.  Picture can be seen here

 

Rose Cottage Riding School, Malin

Lá Fhéile Pádraig Sona Daoibh!- A Happy St Patrick's Day to you all.  We shall be having some riding games at Rose Cottage Riding School to celebrate.  We hope to be able to show a few pictures shortly.

 

Rose Cottage Riding School, Malin

2010 - LATEST NEWS!!  This time on the Dogs front not the horses!!  Mia, our Siberian Husky, won her class at a local show on 20th February 2010 and took
Best of Breed at The Belfast Queen Island Show. 
She came 2nd at Newtonards Championship Show, Sunday 28th February and was again graded excellent . She qualified for Crufts 2010 and was shown there on the 11th March 2010.  She didn't get a place but hey, it's the first time!  We hope to show some pictures shortly. In the meantime there's a bit more about our Dogs here
 

 

Rose Cottage Riding School, Malin

Hurrah, Spring is coming!!  Kate has announced that now that the evenings are getting lighter lessons will start again on Tuesdays, Wednesdays and Thursdays in February!!
Get ready for our new season!!  Give Kate a call if you want to be a part of the Rose Cottage Riding Experience, there's none better in Malin.

 

 

Rose Cottage Riding School, Malin

Well, do we have news for you?  We are so pleased to announce the birth of Lucas Gavin, (son of Samantha, our Assistant Instructor and her partner Gavin), who was born on Boxing Day 2009 at 4:34 pm.  He weighed in at 8lbs 6oz and both mother and son are doing well.   Just have a look at these pictures.  If you are near a bottle of something appropriate - just possibly one of Irish Whiskey, then please be upstanding and have a 'sip' to welcome our most recent family arrival.  Grandmother Kate and new Aunt Ashleigh and all the family are of course delighted! 
Somehow the Rose Cottage Riding School business has taken a temporary back seat!!

 

Rose Cottage Riding School, Malin
 

Kate McDermott and all at Rose Cottage Riding School hope you all had a super Christmas and New Year and wish their customers and web site visitors alike, a healthy and prosperous 2010. 
Come back here soon to follow Rose Cottage as we move into the next decade!

 

Rose Cottage Riding School, Malin

Did you visit our Christmas Page this time?  We had there our special Christmas/New Year card to you that you could print out and fold into a card, there's was our annual link to an Advent Calendar of fun and games and if you were still short of presents for anyone we offered Vouchers!  PLUS (!) we had a few Christmas cracker jokes just for you!!  We offer gift vouchers all year round so if you need to buy someone a present for any reason why not buy a Rose Cottage Riding School Gift Voucher?

To find out how to buy a Gift Voucher click here.

 

Rose Cottage Riding School, Malin

Halloween was fun this year.  The weather wasn't what you might call 'fab' - in fact it wasn't good at all (!)  - but that didn't stop us and a really good time was had by all.  We have a few pics (well, rather a lot actually!) to show, courtesy of Chloe and Miriam.  You can see them on our Customer Page here

 

 

Rose Cottage Riding School, Malin

In late September 2009, Kate took her husky bitch Mia (Show name "Rottiron Riva" ) to the Belfast Championship Dog Show and won SECOND Prize!!  Then in mid October at the Portadown Dog Championship she came THIRD.

 

Rose Cottage Riding School, Malin

Our Pony Riders - together with a few others - took part in a Handy Pony contest on the 26th August!  Some of the events were hilarious and everybody had a great time.  Handy Pony tests are a good way to develop a well trained (ie 'Handy') pony that can negotiate obstacles and is a pleasure to ride. .See some of the pictures here on our pony Rider page and judge for yourself how they did....

 

Rose Cottage Riding School, Malin

Kate entered her Siberian Husky Puppy Bitch Mia (Show name: Rottiron Riva) at the prestigious Navan Dog Show on 15th August 2009.  She won THIRD prize!!  To watch a video of her being shown and then to have a look at the Official Results go to our RCRS Dog's page here.

 

Rose Cottage Riding School, Malin

Here's a first for us!  Danny Ruddy got married to Evelyn in August and went to the church on horseback.  He chose our mare Lee and we were delighted to help  More about this - and even a video! - on our Customer page...

 

Rose Cottage Riding School, Malin

Remember 'Little' Patrick, our mascot used as a link on our home page?  Well, he's two and a bit now and we have managed to get a photo or two of him with his companion Music.  They live out at a fairly remote three acre field so it's more difficult to get good pictures of them than it is of those who are actually located at Rose Cottage.  As a result when we do get to see them we take rather a lot of pictures!  The latest ones can be found here.  There are quite a few!  Do please be patient whilst the page loads.  We think you'll find the wait worthwhile!

 

Rose Cottage Riding School, Malin

 
An Ideal Gift!  Did you know that we now offer Gift Vouchers?  Ideal if you want to give a gift of a riding lesson, a hack-out or of a beach ride to a friend or child at any time of the year and they are available for any amount too.  What's more, they are valid for twelve months so the recipient can choose when to use it. Just contact Katie on +353 (0) 876311676 or send her an e-mail at contact@malinriding.com and she will let you know how you can arrange to buy your voucher.

 

Rose Cottage Riding School, Malin

Rose Cottage Riding School  attended Carndonagh Show on the 18th July 2009!!  The 97th Inishowen Agricultural Society Show was held at the show grounds, Tulnaree, Carndonagh, about three miles from Malin. As usual there was a wide display of goats, sheep, horses, cows, donkeys, dogs, crafts, vegetables, cakes and other home industries as well as a variety of stalls and fun activities for all.  Rose Cottage's Kate McDermott was there with some of her horses and riders.  We have some pictures here

 

Rose Cottage Riding School, Malin

Biggles has been backed for the first time!!    Now that he's four it's time he was introduced to the saddle and to riders.  So, in early July, that's exactly what we did.  If you are interested, there's more about this - and some pics too - at our Behind the Scenes page.

 

Rose Cottage Riding School, Malin

Another foal for Rose Cottage Riding School in 2009!!  Ashleigh's only pony 'Whisper' had her foal on the 20th June.  It's a gorgeous dun filly. All of us and Ashleigh in particular, are so pleased. Have a look at the pictures on our Behind the Scenes page - she looks great.  More news soon we hope...

 

Rose Cottage Riding School, Malin

At the beginning of May 2009 Rose Cottage Riding School applied for and was awarded the coveted Fáilte Ireland Approval.  Fáilte Ireland, is the National Tourism Development Authority of Ireland and it was established in 2003 to guide and promote tourism throughout the country.  Their seal of approval is only given to tourism-related enterprises after a formal inspection involving a careful assessment against many criteria.  Rose Cottage Riding School is proud to have achieved the necessary approvals and our visitors from both from Ireland and from overseas can visit Rose Cottage knowing that we fully meet the standards required by Ireland's National Tourism Authority.  We look forward to welcoming you!

 

Rose Cottage Riding School, Malin

Over the Easter weekend 9-13th April 2009, we held another of our Jumping Days.  We held several classes but in the Open Class The eventual winner was Ashleigh riding Lee, second was Samantha on Valco, third was Immy riding Barney.  You can see some pictures of the competition in progress here

 

Rose Cottage Riding School, Malin

For the benefit of our many visitors for whom English may not be their first language, we are testing the use of Google's web page translation facility.  On this page and to draw attention to it, we have placed a link to the left of the visitor summary at the top of this page.  However elsewhere on this site the link is located at the bottom of each page   Automatic translation of web pages can of course be very variable and it might not be as useful as we would like.  However please do try it and let the webmaster know how successful you think it is.

 

Rose Cottage Riding School, Malin

Our website e-mail address contact@malinriding.com has recently been experiencing some problems and you may have not been able to send us your messages.  We believe the problems have now been fixed but if you have had difficulties sending us messages or perhaps had difficulties sending sending images for inclusion in our web site, please do try sending them again.  We do apologise for this hiccup and hope that you haven't been too inconvenienced. 

If you are sending us images for inclusion on the web site please consider reducing the file size of them before sending since the images produced by modern digital cameras can be huge.  Where possible we prefer to receive jpeg images each of between 500kbytes to 1 Mbyte in size.  If you have not got the necessary image processing software to resize your camera images then PC users can get the excellent and widely acclaimed IrfanView software FREE at http://www.irfanview.net/. If you have any difficulties please contact the webmaster at webmaster@malinriding.com

 

Rose Cottage Riding School, Malin

Here are two dates (well, only approximate dates because we cannot really plan these things!) for your diaries. No fewer than two more of our mares, Faith (who only has one eye owing to an accident in her earlier life) and Whisper, are currently both in foal and, if after the experience with Clio, you can believe forecast equine delivery dates ever again (!), they are due to be delivered on the 16th and 18th of June respectively. Both foals have been sired by our own stallion Woody.  So do keep coming back to see what news we have of them.

 

Rose Cottage Riding School, Malin

STOP PRESS!!  After all the waiting and the worry, Clio's baby finally arrived!!  It's a BOY!!  The colt - who has been named Óisín - was born on Saturday 21st March!! 
Have a look here for the very first pictures!!.   Mum and son are doing well.

 

Rose Cottage Riding School, Malin


On St. Patrick's Day
(March 17th), just for fun, we changed our Home page to green for the day and wished all our visitors Lá Fhéile Pádraig Sona Daoibh! (Happy St. Patrick’s Day)!!  Maybe you noticed it. However, more interesting was our own St. Patrick's Day fun games day at Rose Cottage. 
A few pictures have been placed on our Customer Page here

 

 

Rose Cottage Riding School, Malin

Regular visitors to this web site may remember that last year we had the Irish National Broadcaster RTÉ's Travel Programme No Frontiers filming at Rose Cottage. They filmed at the Cottage itself and the presenter of the programme, Katherine Thomas, was filmed at the yard and on our nearby beach with our Assistant Instructor Sam. It was broadcast at 19:30 on RTÉ One on 22nd February 2009 and was titled Inishowen.


We are pleased to thank and acknowledge RTÉ in using these stills from their video archive

If, for any reason,  you were not able to see it then, you can still watch this program by going to RTÉ's program archive at http://www.rte.ie/travel/nofrontiers/index.html (you can also click on the image above to go there) and then selecting the edition dated 22 February 2009.  Once there, click on the Inishowen thumbnail to watch a short video clip.  Katherine was riding Tabs and Sam rode Zuko. You'll get a great opportunity to see what galloping along the beach at Rose Cottage Riding School is really like - and with empty beaches, even in June too! You'll also get to see a little of the Inishowen peninsula and can read a bit about it as well.  But, don't leave it at that!  Why not come and try the real thing?

We took a few of our own still photos on the day when they were with us. You can see them here. Have a look....

 

Rose Cottage Riding School, Malin

Courtesy of Weather-on-Line we now have a link to a forecast of the weather at Malin Head on our Links Page.  Click here to go to it and try it out. There are 1-4 and 5-8 day forecasts there as well as today's. Of course we can make no guarantee of its accuracy and in any case Malin Head, being rather more remote than Malin Town, can sometimes have its 'own' weather. Nevertheless, we hope it might be useful to you when planning visits to the area or just for interest to compare our weather with yours.

 

Rose Cottage Riding School, Malin

How well do you know our horses?  We have just started our own  Quiz Page  where we show you a part of a picture of one of the horses and you have to decide which horse it is...  To have a go click here. Best of luck.

 

Rose Cottage Riding School, Malin

Our First Pony Group Event of 2009 is coming up!  

A date for your diaries!  The first Pony Group Event of 2009 will be held at Rose Cottage on the 16th February 2009 at 1pm. 

If you are not already a Pony Group Member and would like to enrol a younger rider please contact Katie on  +353 (0) 876311676
 

 

Rose Cottage Riding School, Malin

Regular readers of this News Page will know that last year we had the Irish National Broadcaster RTE's Travel Programme No Frontiers filming here for a programme.  They filmed the Cottage and the presenter of the programme, Katherine Thomas, was filmed at the yard with our Assistant Instructor Sam. The programme is provisionally planned to be broadcast by RTE on the 8th March. If we hear more we shall update this News entry accordingly.

 

Rose Cottage Riding School, Malin

A Happy New Year to you all!  

In case you didn't manage to get a 'horsy joke' in your cracker this Christmas, here are one or two to make up...

What's the difference between a horse and a blacksmith?  Nothing, they'll both make a bolt for the door
A horse walks into a bar and the barman says: "What's with the long face?"
What's got eight legs, three heads and two wings?  A man sitting on a horse holding a chicken
A white horse walks into a bar and the barman says "Hey, we have a whisky named after you!" and the horse says "What, Eric?"
How do you hire a horse?" Put a brick under each foot

Our News page has been split in order to help the page open more quickly.  If you would like to see news items from before 2009 click here

  Google translation

Home | Menu | Gallery | Foals | Customers | Pony Group |Teaching/Exams |Jumping | Behind the Scenes | Useful Sites | News | Our Wins | Business Card | Brochure | Newsletter | Fun |Slideshow |

Updated: 18/08/2013