ILDRA - Home of Endurance Riding in Ireland

Next Ride Notice

St. Patrick's Coast - Sat Apr 26 2014

Competitive Entries close on 12th April - Pleasure Ride Entries on 19th April (Yes Pleasure Riders do have to enter in advance) 
Ride features: FEI, ERs, CTRs, Schools, Riding & Pony Club and Pleasure Rides.(CLICK HERE)

For full ride details click here

Ataixa Ride - Donard, Co. Wicklow - All Proceeds for Charity - Sun May 4 2014 - Leinster Branch

The next - Leinster Branch ride featuring 10 Mile Challange, Competitive PR (Teams of 3/4) , CTR (pre-entr will be held at Moat Farm, Donard, Co. Wicklow. on Sun May 4 2014 - Full details available here and watch this space for last minute notices and changes.

Glenariff Forest Park - Sun May 11 2014 - Ulster Branch

The next - Ulster Branch ride featuring CTR, PR, RC & PC will be held at Glenariff Forest Park, 98 Glenariff Road BT44 0QX on Sun May 11 2014 - Full details available here and watch this space for last minute notices and changes.

Florence Court

Spring was quite definitely in the air at Florencecourt for the ILDRA endurance ride on 13th April, with riders enjoying the sunshine in their shirtsleeves, as well as primroses and picnics in abundance. Competitive riders got a bit of last minute training before St Patrick's Coast Ride on Saturday 26th April and several pleasure riders also made the trip worthwhile, taking in the sights at Florencecourt and Marble Arch Caves.

For Jake Morrow, on Tambo, the long journey from Co.Down was vindicated by a successful Silver Shamrock Final Award, while Aine Cullen, riding Ellanora and Susan Hunter on Colour Cascade both completed Silver Shamrock Qualifiers. Attending veterinary surgeon, David Nealham MRCVS, was pleased with the condition of the competitive trail ride horses, who were all successful. Organisers, Kathy Conly and Kirsten Conly-Devlin had worked hard to produce an easily followed trail for both competitive and pleasure riders, which was much appreciated by all [...]


Punchestown Festival 2014

Exclusive Ticket Deal

As a supporter and/or member of ILDRA you are entitled to reduced priced admission tickets on Tue 29th April t the Punchestown Festival with access to the Reserved Enclosure & HSI Pavilion with the parade of Affiliates, including Endurance, been on at 2:30pm

Tickets are available - contact Edward Allen or another ILDRA board member to reserve yours. They are Only €15 each.

Please reserve yours through ILDRA directly


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?

2013 Home International Win for Ireland

Over in August 2013 the Irish Endurance Team travelled to Barbury Castle in Wiltshire. 12 Horses and riders plus crew and supporters made the journey under the guidance of Chef d'Equipe David Cunningham with everyone camping at the venue. The weather was mixed by the criac was mighty and the Endurance was superb
Great courses made for a very close competition with the Irish Celtic Challenge team coming 2nd , finishing just behind Cornwall in a closely fought battle however the Home International team did one better wining back this magnificent trophy last one in Ludlow 5 years ago, beating Scotland by a close shave who came in 2nd.

Congratulations to both teams.