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Next Ride Notice

Gosford Forest Park Fancy Dress - Sun Oct 26 2014 - Ulster Branch

The next - Ulster Branch ride featuring PR and Fancy Dress will be held at Gosford Forest Park 7 Gosford Demense Armagh BT60 1GD on Sun Oct 26 2014 - Full details available here and watch this space for last minute notices and changes.

Leinster Branch AGM and Awards Night - Sat Nov 1 2014 - Leinster Branch

The next - Leinster Branch ride featuring will be held at Edward Allan's House, Moat Farm, Donard, Co. Wicklow on Sat Nov 1 2014 - Full details available here and watch this space for last minute notices and changes.

Child Protection Course - HSI, Nass - Thu Nov 6 2014 - Leinster Branch

The next - Leinster Branch ride featuring 6:30pm will be held at Horse Sport Ireland, Beech House, Millennium Park, Osberstown, Nass on Thu Nov 6 2014 - Full details available here and watch this space for last minute notices and changes.

Leinster Branch AGM Trophies Reminder

The AGM will take place Edward Allan's House, Moat Farm, Donard, Co. Wicklow on November 1st at 8pm.

For the awards to be done for then all you mileage forms need to be with Michelle on or before the 13th October.

Mileage 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 [...]


Scarva Estate

Some photos from the ride:


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?