Whitefields Stables thrives to openly practice social inclusion for people with disabilities and focus on enhancing their quality of life.
We take a person centred approach to provide services to anybody with an additional need and support and encourage independence.
The Stables provide meaningful and live like activities and provide a supportive environment to anybody.
Ideally located between Edenderry, Tullamore and Mullingar (Offaly, Meath and Westmeath Border), the Stables are nestled in a quiet and rural setting surrounded by acres of green fields and farm animals. We provide Therapeutic Horse Riding, Animal Assisted Activities and Camp Activities around the needs of our service users all year round.
As an Outlet, the Stables have a small pet farm element attached to it and visitors are always encouraged to pay a visit to the farm animals and bring little treats for them. A visit to the Stables can also be educational for school groups, playschools or day care users. And should the weather not co-operate, individual lessons can be held in the indoor arena.
In 2015 the Stables gained another additional feature with the creation of a Sensory Trail along the border of the hedging. The Sensory Trail features different surfaces, provide sensory stimulation, educate and most of all provide another activity for everybody to enjoy.
We are also home to the one and only Lilly – a travelling Therapeutic Pony that will come to you if a visit to the Stables is not feasible.
Parties are also on the menu, as we felt it was necessary to provide a real alternative to indoor parties which can be at times repetitive and may not suit the individual need. And what could be more fun than being outdoors and horse around?
All activities are planned with the individual and their needs in mind. Sessions are delivered by qualified staff and we are fully insured.
The Stables are owned and run by Jeanette Donath, a German native, who moved to Ireland in 1999. After too many years working successfully in the financial services environment, Jeanette decided on a career move to work outside an office environment and with horses.
In 2008, Jeanette met a local lady who has a son with ASD and the idea was born to set up a sensory shelter specialising in Equine Assisted Therapy.
Being a professional and believing in a wholehearted education, Jeanette studied Equine Science at the University of Limerick.
After completing her Certificate, Jeanette qualified in 2013 as a Therapeutic Riding Coach with Festina Lente in Bray, Dublin.
In 2015 Jeanette completed a course in Special Needs Assisting with the Laois/Offaly Education and Training Board/FETAC.
Jeanette lives locally with her partner and daughter and too many cats and dogs.