ILDRA - Home of Endurance Riding in Ireland

Next Ride Notice

Connaught Branch - Details to follow - Sun Jul 31 2016

The next ride featuring Pleasure Ride will be held at TBA on Sun Jul 31 2016 - Full details available here and watch this space for last minute notices and changes.

Wolfhill - Sun Aug 7 2016 - Leinster Branch

The next - Leinster Branch ride featuring CTR, PR (pre entry essential) will be held at Wolfhill, Co. Laois on Sun Aug 7 2016 - Full details available here and watch this space for last minute notices and changes.

Shane's Castle - Sun Aug 14 2016 - Ulster Branch

The next - Ulster Branch ride featuring CTR, PR, RC & PC (Up to 80km) will be held at Shanes Castle, Randlestown Road Antrim on Sun Aug 14 2016 - Full details available here and watch this space for last minute notices and changes.

Glenariff Forest Park

Results from Glenariff as follows:-
Successful completions:-
25km (16 Miles)
Jenni Cunningham - Just C'Mall
35 km (22 Miles)
Robyn Catterall - Arabella Blue
Hannah Catterall - Ellanora
Morgan Skillen - Mayo
Karina McVeigh - Cheyenne
Ruth Lyness - Amber
Kim Murphy - Blue Murphy
Anna Blackwell - Jasmine
PC 35km (22 Miles)
Amy Murphy - Candy
48km (30 Miles)
Jacob Morrow - Tambo
Special [...]


Mournes - Starting in CASTLEWELLAN

Meanwhile Castlewellen forest park was the starting point for the Mournes run which took place 12th June. It started out as a wet day and the mountains continued to have misty weather conditions throughout the day. This only added to the splendour of the forestry, and helped to keep the horses cool.

It was a great day for our Irish international rider Morgan Skillen who successfully completed her final Gold event of 80kms with her excellent pony Mayo. Well done Morgan, keep it [...]


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

Sun Jul 31 2016
Connaught Branch - Details to follow

Sun Aug 7 2016

Sun Aug 14 2016
Shane's Castle

Sun Aug 21 2016

Sun Aug 28 2016
Annual BBQ - Venue TBC