ILDRA - Home of Endurance Riding in Ireland

Next Ride Notice

Going the Distance (Module 4) 'Health' - Wed Mar 29 2017 - Ulster Branch

The next - Ulster Branch ride featuring Horse and Human 1st Aid will be held at Woodville House, Lough Road, Woodville Avenue, Lurgan BT66 6JP on Wed Mar 29 2017 - Full details available here and watch this space for last minute notices and changes.

Clonmel - Sun Apr 9 2017 - Leinster Branch

The next - Leinster Branch ride featuring Up to 48km CTR (pre entry essential), PR will be held at Clonmel, Co. Tipperary on Sun Apr 9 2017 - Full details available here and watch this space for last minute notices and changes.

Cam Forest


Cam Forest near Limavady, is a well-kept secret in the equestrian world and the select few who have enjoyed its miles of woodland canters and stunning views are understandably reluctant to share this knowledge with the masses! However, the secret was well and truly out when ILDRA held an endurance and pleasure ride there recently. As this was the first time competitions had been held at this venue for some years, competitive riders covered relatively modest distances of [...]


ILDRA member Tom MacGuiness qualifies for WEG 2018

Tom MacGuinness, of Horseware fame, is tte first Irish rider to qualify for WEG 2018 to be held in the Tryon International Centre, North Carolina in th US between 10 and 23 Sept 2013.

Tom as also qualified for the European Championships to be held later this year.

The qualifing ride was a 3* 160km (100 mile) event held at Tordera, Spain, an hour notth of Barcelons where Tom rode his 9 year old chestnut gelding Sasha D'Allais.

Tom, along with another local rider, Helen [...]


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

Wed Mar 29 2017
Going the Distance (Module 4) 'Health'

Sun Apr 9 2017

Sun Apr 9 2017

Sun Apr 16 2017
Training Day

Sun Apr 23 2017
Shane's Castle