ILDRA - Home of Endurance Riding in Ireland

Next Ride Notice

Woodburn Forest Park - Get Out Doors Weekend - Sat Sep 20 2014 - Ulster Branch

The next - Ulster Branch ride featuring Pleasure Ride will be held at Woodburn Forest, 190 Woodburn Road, Carrickfergus, Co Antrim on Sat Sep 20 2014 - Full details available here and watch this space for last minute notices and changes.

Beach Ride - Sun Sep 21 2014 - Leinster Branch

The next - Leinster Branch ride featuring CRT to 32km, PR will be held at Old Bawn beach, Cahore, Co.Wexford on Sun Sep 21 2014 - Full details available here and watch this space for last minute notices and changes.

Home International & Celtic Challenge Day 1 - Scottish Champions

Not our day but the spirit of competition alive and well.

This year the Home Internationals and Celtic Challenge were held in Yetholm in Scotland on the 16th and 17th of August. Last year (2013) the Irish team won the Home International at Barbery Castle, England. We were determined to defend this title and put a strong team forward.

The Home International and Celtic Challenge are competitions run on an annual basis with each of the four countries, Ireland, England, [...]


Off to WEG

ILDRA would like to wish the very best of luck to all those going to WEG this year in Normandy in France. Many ILDRA members will be both going over to support and crew the riders who are Helen McFarland on C'mall and Tom MacGuinness on LR Artista. The Chef d'Equipe for this event  is Edward Allan. The event will start on the 28th of August 2014 but horses will leave on the 22nd of August 2014. ILDRA would like to congratulate all who qualified for WEG and wish all going and [...]


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?


Next Events

Sat Sep 20 2014
Woodburn Forest Park - Get Out Doors Weekend

Sun Sep 21 2014
Beach Ride

Sun Oct 12 2014
Knockmany Forest Park

Sun Oct 19 2014

Sun Oct 26 2014
Gosford Forest Park Fancy Dress