ILDRA - Home of Endurance Riding in Ireland

Next Ride Notice

Ride Judges Training Course - Sat Jan 21 2017

The next ride featuring will be held at Clifford Fenton's Farm on Sat Jan 21 2017 - Full details available here and watch this space for last minute notices and changes.

Going the Distance (Module 1) 'Be Prepared' - Wed Jan 25 2017 - Ulster Branch

The next - Ulster Branch ride featuring Conditioning, Nutrition and Fitness will be held at Woodvale House, Lough Road, Woodvale Avenue, Lurgan on Wed Jan 25 2017 - Full details available here and watch this space for last minute notices and changes.

Wolfhill - Sun Feb 19 2017 - Leinster Branch

The next - Leinster Branch ride featuring 32km CTR, PR will be held at Wolfhill, Co. Loais on Sun Feb 19 2017 - Full details available here and watch this space for last minute notices and changes.

Ride Judge Training Course

A Ride Judge Training Course is being run on 21st and 22nd of January 2017. The venue for the is Clifford Fenton's Farm, Castleruddery, Co. Wicklow.

The course will run from approx. 9:00 - 17:00 on Saturday the 21st and from 9:00 - 13:00 on Sunday the 22nd. As this is a 2 day course there are lots of B&B's within a short radius of the venue.

The course will cost €60 per person, this cost includes lunch Saturday, tea, coffee and refreshments both days. Spaces for the [...]


International News

Amy Mc Auley riding MRM STABLES "Rafik De Kerpont" trained by Ismail Mohammed Abdul Rehman, finished a successful 8th in the H.H Sheikha Fatima Bint Mubarak Ladies Endurance Cup CEI2* 120km at Emirates international Endurance Village . Abu Dhabi , UAE today.
She finished with an average speed of 24.75 kph
101 starters


Leinster Branch AGM

The AGM will take place Nikki Boud Tighe's House, Baltinglass, Co. Wicklow on 19th November 2016 at 6pm.

For the awards to be done for then all you mileage forms need to be with Michelle Byrne on or before the 17th of October 2016.

Milage forms are available in the Downloads section on the website.

Please send these to Michelle Byrne, 41 North Glebe, Kildare Town.  Or email her on

Please remember to bring back Trophies on the night or give to a committee member before the AGM

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?