ILDRA - Home of Endurance Riding in Ireland

Next Ride Notice

Venue Change to be Confirmed - Sun Oct 9 2016 - Ulster Branch

The next - Ulster Branch ride featuring CTR, PR, RC and PC will be held at TBC on Sun Oct 9 2016 - Full details available here and watch this space for last minute notices and changes.

Ballyfoyle/Johnswell - Sun Oct 16 2016 - Leinster Branch

The next - Leinster Branch ride featuring PR will be held at Ballyfoyle/Johnswell on Sun Oct 16 2016 - Full details available here and watch this space for last minute notices and changes.

Home International and Celtic Challenge Squad announced

Team Chef d'Equipe Robyn Catterall has announced the endurance squad to represent Ireland at the annual 2016 Home International and Celtic Challenge competition being hosted this year by Ireland and being run as part of the St. Patrick's Coast Ride over the weekend of 10th and 11th September.

160km 2 day (100 miles): Helen McFarland
160km 2 day (100 miles): Jenni Cunningham
120km 2 day (75 miles): Morgan Skillen
80km ER 1 day (50 miles): Peter O Carroll
80km ER 1 day [...]


St. Patricks Coast Ride Entries are Open

Entries are open for the St. Patrick;s Coast Ride on 10th - 11th September

We are hosting the Home International and Celtic Challenge Rides this year at St. Patrick's and will be welcoming teams from England, Scotland and Wales. Please do come along and support the ride by either competing or enjoying a Pleasure Ride and/or by helping out on one of the days.

Enter at:

There will evening meals served on Fri, Sat and Sun night and everyone [...]


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?