Woodlands Equestrian Sligo, Established in 1997 by the Hession family, Tony and Julia developed the Centre, along side their stud ‘Beezies Stud’ breeding and producing Irish Draughts, Connemara ponies and Irish Sport horses from carefully selected foundation stock. The ‘Beezies’ prefix can be found in the UK and in Europe competing successfully.
In 2010 Simone took over the ownership of Woodlands Equestrian, with Julia continuing to run Beezies Stud standing her own stallion Beezies Echo.
All weather customer friendly facilities.
Woodlands facilities include 40×20 indoor arena, 60×20 outdoor arena, 30×20 outdoor arena and 26 stables. Tea room, toilets and a flood lite car park. As well as off road hacking and cross country.
Simone is a qualified BHSAI, HSI level Two coach, BHS Ride Leader, Occupational First Aider, holds a child protection cert and is Garda vetted. She is the rider of the ‘Beezies’ competition horses which are based at Woodlands Equestrian. Also competing horses for owners. She presently competes Beezies Big Brother, Beezies Double Diamond and Beezies Contrast.
She trains regularly to improve her performance, training with such International trainers as, Conrad Schumacher, Fredi Eilberg and Gareth Hughes. Simone and her horses have trained in Germany and the UK as well as part of the National Training Squad. Simone presently training with Irish International and Olympic riders Judy Reynolds and Heike Holstein
Currently competing at SJI and DI shows, now besides competing at home and abroad, she teaches dressage, showjumping, eventing and hobby riders at Woodlands Equestrian Centre, also preparing horses for competitions, sales and inspections.
Simone now breeds from her retired competition horse Beezies Rose.