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Next Ride Notice

Equine based Sports First Aid Course - Sat May 7 2016 - Ulster Branch

The next - Ulster Branch ride featuring will be held at Lurgan on Sat May 7 2016 - Full details available here and watch this space for last minute notices and changes.

Charity Ride Tollymore - Sun May 15 2016 - Ulster Branch

The next - Ulster Branch ride featuring Pleasurer Ride will be held at Tollymore Forest Park, Bryansford Road, Newcastle, Co.Down on Sun May 15 2016 - Full details available here and watch this space for last minute notices and changes.

Wolfhill - Sun May 15 2016 - Leinster Branch

The next - Leinster Branch ride featuring PR start at 11am will be held at Wolfhill, Co.Loais on Sun May 15 2016 - Full details available here and watch this space for last minute notices and changes.


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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Punchestown Festival 2016

ILDRA Member ticket deal - 26th April

HSI Affiliate Organisation members, such as ILDRA members, can avail of a discount on tickets to  to the Punchestown Festival 2016

Half Price Tickets for members of HSI Affiliate Bodies & HSI Shareholders

€17.50 Admission Tuesday 26th April

Includes access to Reserved Enclosure & HSI Pavilion and the Parade of Affiliates 2.15pm  

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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

Sat May 7 2016
Equine based Sports First Aid Course

Sun May 15 2016
Charity Ride Tollymore

Sun May 15 2016
Wolfhill

Thu May 19 2016
Safeguarding 1 – Basic Awareness

Sun May 29 2016
Baronscourt