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Boulta Schooling Gallops
Boulta Schooling Gallops

There are new schooling Birch Hurdles available at Boulta Schooling Gallops.

 

Schooling Bumpers will resume on Wed 2nd December the races will commence  @ 2pm.

Regulation Back protectors, helmets and boots must be worn.

For more information please contact Gerard Mulcahy on 086 8577913

 

 

All weather schooling strip.

10 furlong grass circuit including:

8 hurdles

7 Turf Club approved pt to pt fences.

50 x50 sand arena wth practise small jumps and hurdle, ideal for green/ young horse.

Pt to Pt course including shed, toilets , and standard fences available for hire

 

About Boulta

The Boulta Schooling Gallops opened in 1993 by Ger Mulcahy. The land is high and the drainage good making it an ideal training gallop. The gallop is a mile and two furlongs long. The track itself was sown with special hard-wearing grass, similar to scutch, which forms a tough mat three to four inches down so the surface is less liable to cut up in wet weather. Initially, 6 chase fences were erected as well as 6 hurdles. The first year proved very successful. Nearly 70 winners during the 93/94 point-to-point season were among the horse which had been schooled at Boulta. The width of the gallop is 120 yards, as wide as any race track. There is a long back straight and the turns are contoured like those on a race course. There is a flat grass gallop over a mile, suitable for flat horses. There is a viewing bank situated at the highest point in the centre for trainers and owners. The latest edition is the 40 by 50 sand arena which has a hurdle in it and horses warm up before going onto the gallop.  It is also used for showjumping and dressage in the spring and summer.

 

 

 

 

 

 

Maintenance

When the season is finished, the track is para-ploughed to break the ‘pan’ which eradicates any false patches. Boulta has invested in a disc aerator which helps to increase the health of the root system. The gallop is aerated 3 times a year. This results in a deeper soil plus better and more efficient grass growth. The track is sprayed in May to ensure there is nothing growing only the grass. One of the most important aspects of it all is to have the underground root-system in tip-top shape. The root system is what drains the soil. A section of a fence is moved after every 10-15 horses so that the next customer will be schooling on fresh ground.

 

Flappers

In June 2000 Boulta held their first ever Horse and Pony race meeting. A total of 78 runners competed in the flapping meeting at Boulta. The whole event was in aid of charity. The pony derby was won by Pat Lordan from Carrigtwohill with the 9 year old Pat Mangan, son of trainer Jimmy finishing in 2nd place on his charge “bomber”. In 2001 a 2nd flapping meeting was held with a total of 8 races. Paul Townend won the confined making it his first ever win on the flapping scene aboard his pony Bob. Townend went on to be champion jockey for the 09/10 national hunt season. Other jockeys who began their careers in Boulta were Billy Lee, Con McScweeny, Christopher Hayes and Derek Tyner. An interesting point to note is that the flapping course was right handed whereas Boulta point-to-point is a left handed track.

 

Point-to-point

Point-to-point racing enthusiasts were spoilt in 2002 with the new programme of Autumn/Winter meetings being scheduled, Boulta being one of the venues. After 23 years since races were last held in Boulta they were to return. Back in the 40’s a meeting was held over a banks course, the brain child of Matty Mulcahy (father of Ger Mulcahy) and John O’Leary. From 1945 to 1979 a racing meeting was held in Boulta. This was to return with the 2002 meeting being held on the 23rd of November with 6 races on the card. The Boulta point-to-point meeting rapidly gained recognition as an excellent point-to-point track. This led to it being made a 2 day meeting. Davy Russel signed off his amateur career at Boulta point-to-point before turning a professional.

 

 

Some famous names

To mention but a few horses that began their schooling career in Boulta, we had Conna Castle, Monty’s Pass, Imperial Call, Valley Henry, Blue Sea Cracker and Denman.

 

X-Country

 

In 2006 Ger Mulcahy turned his attention towards a x-country track. Similar to the gallops he built a training course. In 2008, the first Boulta One Day Event was held under Eventing Ireland. A young Joseph O’Brien won the junior class on his prolific pony Ice Cool Bailey. The track has grown to over 200 fences including a water feature, steps, quarry and various banks including a Punchestown bank and the Ballymaloe bank. A hunter-trial is held every spring and a riding club one day event is also held in the summer.  The x-country course is still expanding.  Last spring Boulta’s first jump cross was held which is a course featuring x-country fences and show jumps.

 

Injured Jockey Event

 

In July 2011 an injured jockey’s event was held. The day included flapping races, a donkey derby, a high jump and bare back jumping. The highlight of the day was the donkey derby which saw local jockeys like Richie Rohan and Pat Collins participate. This will more than likely become an annual event with next year planning a barn dance.

 

Open 7 days a week

 

20euro XC schooling

 

40euro Gallops

Boulta Schooling
Tel 058 59539
Mob  086 8577913
www.boulta.com
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