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ILDRA (Irish Long Distance Riding Association) headed to the Mourne Mountains for their latest CTR on the 10th of June 2018. Beginning at Tollymore Forest Park, several CTR and pleasure riders enjoyed the spectacular mountainous views of the County Down landscape and coastline here, whilst other riders completing longer CTR distances ventured out of Tollymore Forest Park along bridleways to the summit of Slievenaslat.
The longer ride distances across two venues introduces the need for a mobile crew car to meet the riders at designated locations, namely road crossings to provide assistance and also to offer water and cooling sloshes to both horse and rider. The longer distances of endurance rides would likely be unachievable without a mobile crew and an endurance rider’s crew is a vital aspect of the sport.
Veterinary duties were performed on the day by Michael Duggan, BVSc, MRCVS. Given the longer distances being completed on the day, Michael was kept busy as longer distances of over 40 miles require a mid-ride vet check to ensure that the horse is fit to continue over the distance and allow for a rest period for both horse and rider. Helen McFarland on ‘J St Jake’ successfully completed a 50-mile CTR. Congratulations to Helen for completing this ride on one of ILDRA’s more mountainous rides. The Gold Shamrock award in endurance is achieved by the successful completion of two 50-mile CTRs by both horse and rider. It is a prestigious and highly coveted qualification and is the aspiration of many endurance riders.
Many thanks go to the Forestry Service for allowing access to the forest park and to the ride organisers of the Ulster Branch Committee for marking and running the ride on the day. ILDRA heads to Woodburn Forest Park on the 22nd of June for the next Ulster branch ride. Please note that this ride is on a Friday and is an evening ride starting at 4pm which offers Pleasure Rides only. This ride is also ILDRA’s annual BBQ, please note that you must bring your own meat for cooking. For further details please contact the ride organisers, Ruth Lyness and Karina McVeigh, or through ILDRA’s facebook page or website www.enduranceridingireland.com.
16km (10 miles): Dermott MacGuinness on Shinook.
32km (20 miles): Mary Thompson on Horseware Iguazu.
40km (25 miles): Jocelyn Willis on Sam, Karina McVeigh on Cheyenne.
80km (50 miles): Helen McFarland on J St Jake.
Suncream was the order of the day for the ILDRA’s (Irish Long Distance Riding Association) ride at the stunning location of Baronscourt on the 27th of May 2018. Several CTR and pleasure riders came out to enjoy the brilliant weather of the bank holiday weekend and the amazing scenery of the countryside of the Baronscourt estate in County Tyrone.
Rampant colours of rhododendrons, little goslings and late-blooming bluebells were some of the sights on offer, alongside views of the magnificent Baronscourt house. The three vast lakes of the estate offered some cool and shelter to the riders and their horses as they passed along through the woodland area here.
Veterinary duties were performed on the day by Michael Duggan, BVSc, MRCVS, who diligently checked all CTR horses for their respective distances. Some new horses and new faces had joined ILDRA for completing their first CTRs. Both Mary Thompson and Tom MacGuinness, who have both competed internationally for Ireland at FEI level, with Tom recently winning a 120km** FEI ride in Spain on his horse ‘Sasha’, brought new horses to Baronscourt for a CTR of ‘Horseware Iguazu’ and ‘Horseware Positano’. Lorraine MacGuinness also completed her first CTR with ILDRA on ‘Matutina’, undoubtedly catching the endurance bug.
Many thanks to Lord Abercorn and the Baronscourt Estate staff for allowing access to the wonderful estate. Also, thanks to the ride organisers of Kathy and Kirsten Conly for marking the venue and running the ride on the day.
ILDRA heads to the Mourne Mountains for the next Ulster Branch ride on the 10th of June, offering Competitive Rides, Pony Club and Pleasure Rides suitable for all. Please note that this ride starts at Tollymore Forest Park and parking will be at this venue. For those wishing to complete longer distances at this ride, there will be route options to take in Castlewellan Forest Park on horseback as well as Tollymore. A reminder to CTR and Pony Club riders to enter online or via post with the ride organiser, Kirsten Conly. Further ride details are available on www.enduranceridingireland.com or through ILDRA’s facebook page.
19km (12 miles): Tom MacGuinness on Horseware Iguazu, Mary Thompson on Horseware Positano, Dermott MacGuiness on Shinook
38km (23 miles): Jocelyn Willis on Sam, Jane Hobson on Glenoran Steps, Lorraine MacGuinness on Matutina
64km (40 miles): Helen McFarland on J St Jake, Tasha Anderson on Just C’Mall
ILDRA (Irish Long Distance Riding Association) headed to the west of the country on the 29th of April to the stunning National Trust property of Florencecourt estate with several riders enjoying pleasure rides and CTRs (Competitive Trail Rides) throughout the day. Florencecourt has recently gained fame standing in as the filming location of Limmerige House in the new BBC television programme of the Woman in White.
Shaded woodland trails, mountainous viewpoints and tranquil river crossings were the order of the day. Even an elusive red squirrel was spotted! The stunning Fermanagh landscape was gloriously bathed in sunlight offering a touch of warmth and an opportunity to shed the winter riding coats.
Veterinary duties were diligently performed on the day by David Nealon, MRCVS, with all horses successfully passing their respective vettings. Shamrock qualifications were plentiful on the day with both Jane Hobson’s horse ‘Glenoran Steps’ and Mary Thompson’s horse ‘Matutina’ gaining their Bronze Shamrock Qualifications. The next ‘step’ on the endurance ladder is the completion of a 48km Silver Qualifier ride, successfully achieved on the day by Jacob Morrow’s horse ‘Kentucky Ten’. Congratulations go to all our CTR riders and those achieving their Shamrock Qualifications.
Congratulations must also go to Helen McFarland and her horse ‘J St Jake’, both Helen and Jake are an iconic and inspirational combination in the sport of endurance riding in Ireland for many other competitors. Jake has been competing in endurance with ILDRA since 2002 and is in his 17th consecutive season of endurance. Both Helen and Jake are highly experienced in the sport of endurance, with Jake having completed over 8,800km in competitive endurance rides. Jake shows no signs of slowing down at 23 years old and is sure to have many more endurance seasons ahead of him.
Many thanks to the National Trust for allowing access to Florencecourt estate and its excellent trails. Thanks also to the ride organisers of Kathy and Kirsten Conly for marking and organising the ride on the day.
ILDRA heads to Woodburn Forest Park on the 13th of May for the next Ulster branch ride. Please note that this ride is on a Saturday and offers Pleasure Rides only. For further details please contact the ride organiser, Helen McFarland, or through ILDRA’s facebook page or website www.enduranceridingireland.com.
16km (10 miles): Dermott MacGuinness on Chinook
32km (20 miles): Mary Thompson on Matutina, Jane Hobson on Glenoran Steps
40km (25 miles): Helen McFarland on J St Jake
48km (30 miles): Karina McVeigh on Cheyenne, Ruth Lyness on Autumn Whisper, Jocelyn Willis on Sam, Jacob Morrow on Kentucky Ten
ILDRA travels to the rugged Cam Forest
ILDRA (Irish Long Distance Riding Association) headed to the North of the country on the 15th of April to the vast expanse of Cam Forest, with several CTR and pleasure riders turning out on the day.
Veterinary duties were performed on the day by David Nealon MRCVS with all horses passing their vetting. The long forest trails provided some shelter from the rain but the keen riders were not deterred from their rides out. A notable CTR ride of the day was Amy Murphy completing her first Pre-Novice CTR on her horse 'Sweet Honey Bee', who she hopes to bring up through the endurance grades.
Many thanks go to the Forestry Service for allowing access to Cam Forest and its wonderful woodland trails. Thanks also go to the ride organisers of Kirsten and Kathy Conly for marking and organising the ride on the day.
ILDRA heads to the West of the country for the next ride being held at the beautiful location of Florencecourt, offering stunning views of the Fermanagh countryside on the 29th of April 2018. This ride offers Competitive Rides, Pony Club and Pleasure Rides suitable for all. A reminder to CTR and Pony Club riders to enter online or via post with the ride organiser, Kirsten Conly. Further ride details are available on www.enduranceridingireland.com or through ILDRA’s facebook page.
16km (10 miles): Kim Murphy on Blue Murphy, Amy Murphy on Sweet Honey Bee.
32km (20 miles): Karina McVeigh on Cheyenne, Ruth Lyness on Autumn Whisper, Jocelyn Willis on Sam.
62km (39 miles): Helen McFarland on Just C'Mall, Tasha Anderson on She Stoops to Conquer.
ILDRA would like to invite applications for the Chef De Equipe of the Irish HI/CC endurance team.
This person must be able to travel to Brodie Castle in Scotland for the duration of the event which may be from the 16th to the 20th of August.
The candidate should have knowledge of the HI/CC structure.
This person should also have a good knowledge of the riders available to compete
This is a voluntary position.
In order to give the selected person time to plan for this event the closing date for expression of interest is the 30th of April. ILDRA will be following the policy guidelines on recruitment contained in the Risk assessment document. (available on www.enduranceridingireland.com )
A letter expressing your interest in the position should be emailed to ILDRA secretary email@example.com by 6pm Monday the 30th of April