Carroll’s Equestrian Store – Waterford’s new equestrian store

CARROLL’S Equestrian Store in Ballybricken opened its doors at the start September and is located in the premises previously occupied by Xtravision.

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The store is located alongside Carroll’s Pharmacy which has traditionally stocked animal remedies.
“We would have always been known as the veterinary pharmacy,” explained owner of Carroll’s Equestrian Store Clodagh Carroll.

“Last year we started taking in more blankets and bits and bobs for horses. When this unit became available, we decide to expand our equine offering.”

Her father Tom Carroll started the tradition of stocking tack in the pharmacy in the 1970s.

However, the saddlery offering grew too big for the pharmacy and was moved into the premises where Altitude is now located.

Clodagh always had a love for horses, and her father Tom had a huge passion for racehorses, particularly Bishop’s Hall.

Carroll’s Equestrian Sore, 25, Ballybricken. Photos: Joe Cashin.

Carroll’s Equestrian Sore, 25, Ballybricken. Photos: Joe Cashin.

When she came back to Waterford 18 years ago, she became involved in the family business and their equine offering grew steadily.

“We always did supplements but branched out into offering items such as blankets for winter and we literally ran out of space so that’s why we moved in here,” she explained.

She continued: “We made the decision in July to open the equestrian store and since we opened in September the feedback has been really positive. People are delighted they have somewhere they can pop in, particularly if they’re stuck for something which they need immediately. Something may have broken or they may be looking for something at the last minute for a show on a Saturday.”

Clodagh says Carroll’s Equestrian Store is the only such store of its kind in Waterford.
They offer a personal fitting service for back protectors and hats, and are stockists of leading brands such as Racesafe, Champion hats, Imperial Riding, Harry Horse, Hunter Field wellington range, Toggi horsewear, countrywear and riding wear.

Julieanne Moore and Clodagh Carroll at Carroll’s Equestrian Store.

Julieanne Moore and Clodagh Carroll at Carroll’s Equestrian Store.

They are exclusive stockists of the new Racesafe Prorace 2.0 back protector which will be compulsory for all jockeys from January.

Additionally, the store offers a range of second hand saddles and all regular riding equipment as well as supplements for horses, dogs and cats.

“There was definitely a gap in the market,” explained Clodagh.
“I found that when I was riding, if I needed something urgently, there was nowhere to go in Waterford. I would have had to drive to Clonmel.”

Also working at the store are Julieanne Moore, who previously worked in Carroll’s Pharmacy and has a vast racing knowledge, and Eleanor Widger, who is well-known in pony club circles.

Carroll’s Equestrian Sore is open Monday-Friday from 9.30am-6pm and on Saturday from 9.30am-5.30pm.
Deposits can be taken on items at Carroll’s Equestrian Sore, while items can also be ordered in and purchased over the phone.

For more information find Carroll’s Equestrian Store on Facebook and Instagram, email carrollsequestrianstore@gmail.com or call 051-844 605.

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