Thoroughbred Country

Thoroughbred Country, created by members of both the tourism and thoroughbred industries, is Ireland’s latest gem highlighting the rich equine tourism experiences across counties Kildare and Tipperary and sharing the wonderful stories, people, horses and destinations. In Thoroughbred Country, style comes in all forms, and craft and character are found around every corner. This is the home of rolling grasslands and sweeping valleys. This is the home of history, heritage, and horses – and unbridled joy.

Horses have been an integral part of Ireland’s cultural heritage for the last 2,000 years. They are at the heart of the Irish story, from mythical figures to modern-day thoroughbred champions. They have also been a big part of the Clanard Court Hotel's heritage with the owning Fennin Family being very involved. The late Willie 'Bailey' Fennin Senior bred, owned and trained the race horse 'Athy Spirit' (photo below), who gained 10 career victories including the big Galway Races double in 1990. You can spot the horsey influences all around our hotel, which even feature in our gardens and in our cocktail list names!

Thoroughbred Country Experiences give you a chance to experience a wide variety of exclusive, behind-the-scenes, and luxury equine experiences so whether you’re traveling alone, with your partner, or with family there is an experience that awaits you, getting a chance to be introduced to the humans and horses responsible for the world-renowned thoroughbred industry. 

The hotel is a proud partner of Thoroughbred Country which offers these exclusive experiences to immerse yourself in the heart and passion of Irish Racing and Thoroughbred Horse Breeding. There are a handpicked choice of captivating visitor experiences and attractions where you can meet the key figures responsible for upholding the global acclaim of the Irish Thoroughbred; the breeders, the trainers, the jockeys and the unsung heroes. In addition to the Irish National Stud experience as listed in our Top Local Things to Do, we recommend:

  • Kildangan Stud - Foal to Fame Tour

  • Jessica Harrington Racing Experience

  • The Curragh - Behind The Scenes.

Combine one of the above experiences (which are located closest to us) with your Race Day to really allow yourself to immerse in all things Thoroughbred Country!


athy sprit photograph with the fennins

willie at horse resize