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Next Ride Notice

Florencecourt - Sun Jul 3 2016 - Ulster Branch

The next - Ulster Branch ride featuring CTR, PR & Pony Club will be held at Florencecourt, Enniskillen on Sun Jul 3 2016 - Full details available here and watch this space for last minute notices and changes.

Ballyhale - Sun Jul 3 2016 - Leinster Branch

The next - Leinster Branch ride featuring 32km, PR will be held at Ballyhale on Sun Jul 3 2016 - Full details available here and watch this space for last minute notices and changes.

Safeguarding 1 – Basic Awareness - Thu Jul 7 2016 - Leinster Branch

The next - Leinster Branch ride featuring will be held at Horse Sport Ireland Offices, Naas. on Thu Jul 7 2016 - Full details available here and watch this space for last minute notices and changes.


Inistioge

Great weather and a great turnout in Inistiogue on Sunday. With CTR's from 32km to 80km completed. Well done to 32 km Demelza Frannsen on Hasan, Jane Doyle on "Julie",Stephen Trant on "Pierre". 40km Sean Ashe, 64km Haleema Dowd on brownshill Bella who is now silver qualified.80km
Peter o Carroll on Diamond 
Andrea o Carroll on Kildalton Spice, both of these fantastic mares are now gold qualified. Our next Leinster ride is in oldcourt in Co.Wicklow on Sunday the 19th of [...]

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ILDRA HI/CC Selection 2016

HOME INTERNATIONAL & CELTIC CHALLENGE SELECTION CRITERIA 2016

Please see here the 2016 Selection Document for the Home International and Celtic Challenge competitions

This year the event is being hosted in Ireland and will be run in September at St. Patrick's Coast Ride

The event, with sponsorship form Aloeride incorporates classes for Novice 40km (25 mile) to Gold qualified  2-day 160km (100 miles) riders as well as places for Juniors and 1st year competitive riders.

In all 12 places are available + reserve riders so plenty of [...]

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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?

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Next Events

Sun Jul 3 2016
Florencecourt

Sun Jul 3 2016
Ballyhale

Thu Jul 7 2016
Safeguarding 1 – Basic Awareness

Sun Jul 17 2016
Clonmel

Sun Jul 24 2016
Millyard Equestrian Centre