ILDRA - Home of Endurance Riding in Ireland

Next Ride Notice

Millyard Equestrian Centre - Sun Jul 27 2014 - Ulster Branch

The next - Ulster Branch ride featuring PR and if weather permitting Go-As-You-Please will be held at Millyard 37 Cluntagh Road, Hillsborough, County Down BT26 6BW on Sun Jul 27 2014 - Full details available here and watch this space for last minute notices and changes.

Child Protection Course - HSI, Nass - Wed Jul 30 2014 - Ulster Branch

The next - Ulster Branch ride featuring will be held at Horse Sport Ireland, 1st Floor, Beech House, Millennium Park, Osberstown, N on Wed Jul 30 2014 - Full details available here and watch this space for last minute notices and changes.

Stranahealy - Sun Aug 3 2014 - Leinster Branch

The next - Leinster Branch ride featuring PR and CTRs up to 40km available will be held at Stranahealy on Sun Aug 3 2014 - Full details available here and watch this space for last minute notices and changes.


The board, committees and members of ILDRA pass their condolences to member Gail Baillie whose father died last weekend. Our thoughts and prayers are with Gail and the whole family circle at this time.”

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Donard Festival of Endurance

The welcome at Donald was as warm as ever - the village in the middle of the Wicklow Mountains has been a magnet for endurance riding in Ireland since the 1990s, when the sport was still in its infancy here - and 2014 was no different, with barbecues, parties and a local show all forming part of the weekend activities as well as the endurance championships.

The emphasis, as always with the sport of endurance riding, was on inclusivity and the show was open to members and non- [...]

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Home International and Celtic Challenge 2014

Would you like to represent Ireland

We are picking the teams to represent Ireland at the Home International and Celtic Challenge competitions 2014 - This year hosted by Scotland and being run as part of the Scottish Championships at Yetholm over the weekend of August 16th and 17th.

The criteria for selection can be found here and names should be sent to the team Chef d'Equipe or member of the selection committee (Chairs of the branches) by 5th July (day after Oldcourt and Mournes ride). You can of course send in your interest before then and any rides done after application will be taken into account by the selectors.

The teams are made up of both Novice riders and Horses as well as more experienced partnerships bring together a great mix of talent. Everyone works as team, learning and gaining valuable experience as well as experience a big ride and having a lot of fun in the process.

For more information read the selection document linked above, talk to the Chef d'Equipe or other committee members and past competitors who will all be willing to answer your questions and advise you on the event.

There is a team place for someone in their first year of Endurance so there are places for all standards, it is an all inclusive team and anyone who has just started, or is vastly experienced has a chance so put your names forward now. It just might be your year.... 

Who are ILDRA? and what is Endurance Riding?

ILDRA (Irish Long Distance Riding Association) is the governing body for Endurance Riding in Ireland and is affiliated to Horse Sport Ireland (HSI).

It organises a series of rides throughout Ireland. Most rides involve a Pleasure Ride for members and non-members, normally of about 8 miles, and a series of CTRs (Competitive Trail Rides) over a number of distances starting from 20 miles for members. Some events also feature ERs (Endurance Races) - these normally start at 50 miles and are for experiences horses and riders only.

So what is Endurance Riding - Perhaps it is useful to say what Endurance Riding isn't. It isn't a long pony trek, ambling through lanes, it isn't for the faint hearted, and it isn't for the rider who doesn't actually enjoy being in the saddle for long.

So what is it? It is a unique competitive challenge and a supreme sport for learning about equine fitness. Veterinary checks before and after competitive rides - and in the middle too for longer distances - ensures the best possible care is taken of your horse. Any problems can be picked up earlier rather than later.

You, the rider, learn more about the way your horse functions, with the importance of regulating your riding to suit conditions which will affect the way your horse behaves and how he presents to the vet Key factors include:

  • The terrain: is it hilly or flat, sandy or hard ground?
  • The weather: is it cold, wet, foggy, or hot and sunny?
  • The route: does it look to be difficult to follow on the map, or a more simple circular course?