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The Galway Blazers have a long history of holding a point-to-point dating back over a hundred years. The hunt dates from the beginning of the 19th century and has established itself as one of the famous Irish Hunts due to the goodwill and generosity of farmers and landowners throughout the county.
We run two meetings a year at Dartfield just outside Loughrea with the first one taking place in October and the second fixture being held in April. The course is situated at Dartfield Horse Museum and heritage centre which is set on 350 acres of parkland just forty minutes from Galway city.
Over the years, Loughrea point-to-point has produced many top national hunt stars such as Bewleys Berry, Boys Hurrah, Brindisi Breeze, Never Compromise and King Johns Castle.
Loughrea Point-to-Point Races
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How To Get There
From the Dublin take the M6 as far as the Ballinasloe West exit 15, and continue on the N6 towards Loughrea/Galway as far as Kilreekil village. Dartfield is half a mile beyond the village on the right hand side of the N6.
From Galway take the M6 and exit at Junction 16 for Loughrea. After approx. three miles on the access road you arrive at a roundabout, take the first exit. Continue past the Portumna Junction for less than a mile, and the entrance to Dartfield will be on your left.
Loughrea is situated 30 minutes from Galway airport and an hour and 50 minutes from Dublin airport.
Did You Know?
“Brindisi Breeze achieved the extraordinary feat of winning his maiden point-to-point at Loughrea before going on to win at the Cheltenham festival in the same season”.
Our free parking is situated in the centre of the track which allows race goers to have a clear view of each fence giving you the chance to get up close to the action.
The position of our car park provides you with the ideal location to bring your own picnic if you wanted to base yourself from the boot of the car.
There is toilet and baby changing facilities in the café in the Horse Museum along with portaloos located around the course.
In our bookmakers ring you can view and bet on any off-course races on the day in both England and Ireland.
In between races, spectators can avail of our popular outside caterers who sell everything from burgers and chips to bacon and sausage rolls to keep you full during the course of the afternoon.
Our caterer is located beside the parade ring which means you don’t have to venture too far from the action.
There is also the option of taking a walk up to the café located in the Horse Museum which sells tasty sandwiches and soups along with cakes and treats.
Our outside caterer's sell tea and coffee to keep you warm during your days racing.
The cafe located in the Horse Museum sell a delicious range of hot chocolate drinks along with juices and soft drinks for the younger race goers.
As the track is adjacent to Dartfield Horse Museum, a trip to our point-to-point provides visitors with a choice of attractions to have a look at.
Dartfield Horse Museum is a fascinating place to visit for anyone interested in the Irish horse and its uses down through the years as it houses a room devoted to the Galway Blazers, an Art Gallery with a very comprehensive selection of old and modern paintings and prints and a selection of antiques.
The Museum also houses an excellent Tack and Country clothing shop and an array of beautiful gift items. There is also a Blacksmith’s Forge, where there is a daily demonstration of traditional iron work.
Dartfield also offers walking trails around the 350 acre farm, an array of farm animals as well as horse riding.