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Baronscourt - Sun May 29 2016 - Ulster Branch

The next - Ulster Branch ride featuring CTR, PR & Pony Club will be held at Newtownstewart, Omagh, Baronscourt, Co.Tyrone BT78 4EZ on Sun May 29 2016 - Full details available here and watch this space for last minute notices and changes.

Inistioge - Sun May 29 2016 - Leinster Branch

The next - Leinster Branch ride featuring CTR, PR (pre entry essential) will be held at Inistoige, Co. Kilkenny on Sun May 29 2016 - Full details available here and watch this space for last minute notices and changes.

Slieve Auchty Riding Centre PR - Sun May 29 2016 - Leinster Branch

The next - Leinster Branch ride featuring Pleasure Ride will be held at Slieve Auchty Riding Centre, Loghrea, Co. Galway on Sun May 29 2016 - Full details available here and watch this space for last minute notices and changes.


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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Florencecourt

With snow covering the slopes of Cuilcagh and primroses lining the forest paths, it truly was a fresh Spring day at Florencecourt for the ILDRA endurance ride.  Fortunately the snow soon melted and the sun shone on the many competitive and pleasure riders who made the long trek to Co.Fermanagh. With increasing fitness levels as the season progresses, several riders chose the longer distance rides and are to be congratulated in achieving their goals - particular mention should be [...]

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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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Baronscourt

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