ILDRA - Home of Endurance Riding in Ireland

Next Ride Notice

Shane's Castle - Sun Feb 26 2017 - Ulster Branch

The next - Ulster Branch ride featuring CTR, PR, RC & PC (Up to 48km) will be held at Shanes Castle, Randlestown Road Antrim on Sun Feb 26 2017 - Full details available here and watch this space for last minute notices and changes.

Donard - Sun Mar 5 2017 - Leinster Branch

The next - Leinster Branch ride featuring 48km CTR(up to 80km if demanded,Pre - Entries by February 28th to, PR will be held at Moat Farm, Donard, Co. Wicklow on Sun Mar 5 2017 - Full details available here and watch this space for last minute notices and changes.

Cam Forest


Cam Forest near Limavady, is a well-kept secret in the equestrian world and the select few who have enjoyed its miles of woodland canters and stunning views are understandably reluctant to share this knowledge with the masses! However, the secret was well and truly out when ILDRA held an endurance and pleasure ride there recently. As this was the first time competitions had been held at this venue for some years, competitive riders covered relatively modest distances of [...]


Tollymore Forest Park - Valentine Ride

ILDRA get competitive season off to a great start at Tollymore

The ILDRA Ulster Branch season is now well underway with the first Competitive Trail Ride (CTR) held on Sun 12th February at Tollymore Forest Park. We woke that morning to some very cold temperatures but the forecast was positive and dry for the day. The view that greeted everyone as they got closer to the venue of Slieve Donard, with its white hat on, was quite impressive. The weather, although a little chilly, was [...]


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?


Next Events

Sun Feb 26 2017
Shane's Castle

Sun Mar 5 2017

Wed Mar 8 2017
Going the Distance (Module 3) 'Suport'

Sun Mar 12 2017
Gosford Forest Park

Sun Mar 26 2017