3800 Water Works Parkway, Des Moines, IA


Irish Run Farms is a little piece of heaven located adjacent to Waterworks Park in Des Moines, Iowa. It is a full-service, private equestrian training facility; offering boarding, training, lessons, sales and leases. Riders may choose to utilize the large outdoor arena, newly surfaced indoor arena or the bridle trails in the park.

The heated main barn boasts a cinderblock construction; keeping the horses cool during the hot summer months and warm during the cold Iowa winters. Clients may also enjoy our comfortable lounge, equipped with refrigerator, microwave and internet access. A washer, dryer, indoor restroom, wash stall and secure tack room are also available for customer use. All of the large stalls are matted and have windows (with interchangeable screens and storms). Stall guards may be used when safety is not a concern. Horses are fed breakfast, lunch, dinner and a night snack and are turned out daily. As an added bonus, our stable hand lives a few short steps from the barn to offer round-the-clock care.

Though the stable is literally in the “heart of the city,” it is a bucolic setting with plenty of room to graze horses, socialize and picnic. Sunday morning trail rides and bonfires are regular events when weather permits.




Irish Run Farms boarders are a happy and friendly lot. Group trail rides are a frequent activity (weather permitting), and someone is always at the barn! Several boarders enjoy foxhunting with The Moingona Hunt and haul together to the nearby hunt countries. Other riders lesson together or just share some refreshments in the lounge or at the picnic table after a ride. During the summer and autumn months evening bonfires at the fire pit are a great way to relax with fellow equestrians. We all support the local shows, either as participants or observers.

Irish Run has a consistency of  horse care from dedicated and long-term employees who know each of the horses needs, and care about them.  The facility is kept neat and workmanlike at all times.

Waterworks Park offers miles of  trails that you can enjoy with your horse and friends.  The facility has an indoor and outdoor riding arena and a friendly atmosphere.

Foxhunting is available with North Hills Hunt.