I'm looking at study abroad programs in New Zealand and Ireland for next semester, and I'm trying to figure out how easily riding will fit into the equation. I know both countries have excellent riding schools, but (not to sound naive/ignorant) I don't exactly know how to go about finding a riding school there. I tried the internet, and turned up a few stables, but nothing that is close to where I'm looking.

Also, how different is riding in europe/nz from here? I'm 99% sure they don't do 'hunters' and I envision lots of cross country, which I've never really done, but would love to.

So, if you live abroad/have studied abroad, what is it like? Any advice? How should I go about finding a riding school?