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Next Ride Notice

Gosford Forest Park Annual Fancy Dress - Sun Oct 30 2016 - Ulster Branch

The next - Ulster Branch ride featuring PR and Fancy Dress & RDA will be held at Gosford Forest Park 7 Gosford Demense Armagh BT60 1GD on Sun Oct 30 2016 - Full details available here and watch this space for last minute notices and changes.

Fancy Dress & Halloween Games - Danville House Farm - Sun Oct 30 2016 - Leinster Branch

The next - Leinster Branch ride featuring PR Start at 10.30am will be held at Danville House Farm, Co. Kilkenny on Sun Oct 30 2016 - Full details available here and watch this space for last minute notices and changes.

2016 AGMs, Awards and Trophies

This years Branch and Main AGMs will be help as detailed below and in the calendar.

In addition all applications for awards and trophies must be with the  relevant person by the dates listed below.

The forms were emailed to members with the September Newsletter and can also be download below.

Ulster Branch
Friday 18th November.
The venue will be at Woodville House by kind permission of the Greer family.
Trophy applications are to be forwarded to Kirsten Conly no [...]


St. Patrick's Coast - Home International and Celtic Challenge (2 days)

Bigger, better and with more beaches than ever!  This was the emphatic verdict on St.Patrick's Coast Ride in 2016 - for the third year running this event proved a resounding success attracting a record number of entries, including a substantial overseas contingent, to take part in the hotly contested Home International and  Celtic Challenge competitions.  For the first time in many years, Northern Ireland was able to put on a competitive 100mile (160km) ride as the premier class of [...]


Leinster Branch AGM

The AGM will take place Nikki Boud Tighe's House, Baltinglass, Co. Wicklow on 19th November 2016 at 6pm.

For the awards to be done for then all you mileage forms need to be with Michelle Byrne on or before the 17th of October 2016.

Milage forms are available in the Downloads section on the website.

Please send these to Michelle Byrne, 41 North Glebe, Kildare Town.  Or email her on

Please remember to bring back Trophies on the night or give to a committee member before the AGM

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?