Endurance Riding Ireland

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from ILDRA and the world of Endurance

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Here you will find News and Information, Ride Reports, Photos and Results from the many activities ILDRA are involved with.

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Ireland field strong team at Europeans

13 Aug 19

Ireland fields a strong team at the European Endurance Championships and Euston Park Festival this weekend (17th / 18th Aug)

Avril Bray and Tom MacGuinness represent Ireland in the European Championships on the Saturday

Nicola Boud-Tighe, Tom MacGuinness, Amy McAuley, Martin McNamara, Mary Thompson and Seaic MacMurchadha ride in 2* and 1* events on the Sunday.

More info and to follow the action you can visit: eustonparkendurance.co.uk/home/ride-information/uk-endurance-festival-international/

Good luck to all our horse/rider combinations and their crews over the weekend.


Leinster Branch EGM

24 Jul 19

The ILDRA board of directors has called an EGM of the Leinster Branch to consider the future of the Branch on:
Saturday 10th August at 2.15pm

St.John's GAA Club
Sacre Coeur,
21 Grange Road,
Dublin 16
D16 DK76

All Leinster Branch members are invited to attend.


Board of directors meeting 14th July 2019

19 Jul 19

The directors unanimously:-

1) Noted the minutes of previous meeting, (already approved), no matters arising.

2) Approved the 2018 draft accounts subject to auditing

3) Approved the National Championships schedule at St.Patrick's Coast Ride on Saturday 7th September 2019.

4) Approved arrangements for the forthcoming Home International/Celtic Challenge competitions, including issuing an invitation to Endurance Ireland members to participate in the Irish team.

5) Branch Reports:

Ulster Branch
Ulster Branch rides have been well attended including a recent bbq.

Leinster Branch
No response has been received to requests for information regarding Leinster Branch activities and there are reports of a new endurance group involving some members of the Leinster Branch Committee. No recent resignations from the committee have been reported to the directors although the chairman Peter O'Carroll has declined further communication regarding ILDRA.

A Companies Office search revealed that steps had been taken to promote a new organisation as far back as June 2018 as follows;

(i) On 22nd June 2018, three serving directors of ILDRA including the then chairman (Peter O'Carroll, Andrea O'Carroll and John Ryan) signed as subscribers, the Memorandum and Articles of Association of a proposed company called Endurance Riding Eireann, its objects being "to carry on the business of promotion and administration of the sport of endurance riding in Ireland and anything ancillary to above".

(ii) Endurance Riding Eireann was incorporated on 2nd November 2018 with Peter O'Carroll, Andrea O'Carroll and John Ryan as its directors.

The board noted no formal disclosure of the above matters had been made to either the ILDRA directors or the members of Leinster Branch and that Peter O'Carroll, Andrea O'Carroll and John Ryan had all represented ILDRA Leinster Branch in the mediation process organised by Horse Sport Ireland on 19th March 2019 without making disclosure of their directorships in Endurance Riding Eireann to the other parties in mediation.

The board unanimously considered it necessary to call an EGM of Leinster Branch to consider the future of the Branch, details to follow.

Helen McFarland
Chairman ILDRA board of directors.


Woodburn Forest Ride and BBQ
(Saturday Ride)

06 Jul 19

The Irish Long Distance Riding Association’s annual BBQ and Pleasure Ride took place on Saturday 6th July at Woodburn Forest near Carrickfergus in County Antrim. A great turnout of riders of all ages and abilities enjoyed the lovely trails through the forest and along the edges of the three reservoirs. There were opportunities for a nice canter along some of the grassy verges along the water’s edge whilst some of the rougher tracks called for a more leisurely pace. These conditions were ideal for some of the younger riders on lead rein enjoying an introduction to ILDRA’s many safe off-road riding events.

A beautiful clear sunny day enabled great views over the surrounding countryside, with a bird’s eye view over Kilroot Power Station to Belfast lough and to picturesque parts of the County Down coast. Delicate flowers of pyramidal orchids and foxgloves lined the woodlands surrounding the extensive trails at Woodburn Forest Park.

Following the completion of the well-marked 5.5 mile route, riders and their accompanying walkers gathered around the coals to cook their burgers and sausages on their well-lit BBQ to complete their picnics and discuss all matters horsey. Picnics completed happy riders headed home with a colourful rosette as a memento of an enjoyable pleasure ride.

Thanks are due to Woodburn Presbyterian Church for the use of their car park and facilities, to the Northern Ireland Water Service and to the Forestry Service for access to this lovely wooded reservoir site. Thanks go to the ride organisers of Ruth Lyness, Karina McVeigh and Susie Kinley for marking and running the ride on the day and to members of the Ulster Branch committee for supplying BBQ essentials. ILDRA’s next ride is at the stunning Glenariff Forest Park, famous for its waterfalls and spectacular views. This ride offers pleasure rides only and takes place on the 28th July, for further information contact ILDRA’s Facebook page or website.


Shane's Castle (incorporating Randlestown Forest)

23 Jun 19

ILDRA (Irish Long Distance Riding Association) returned to the wonderful Shane’s Castle Estate and Randalstown Forest Park for a range of Competitive Trail Rides (CTRs) and Pleasure Rides on the 23rd of June. The forecast took a change from the recent norm and offered warm, dry weather which made for perfect riding conditions to enjoy the beautiful views along the River Maine towards Lough Neagh and through the woodlands of Randalstown Forest Park. Eagle-eyed riders were able to spot the range of birds of prey visible in Randalstown Forest at the World of Owls located near here. Riders also had the opportunity to ride through one of the filming locations used in the popular Game of Thrones series.

David Nealon, MRCVS, was kept extremely busy with the several regular CTR riders as well as guiding new riders and their horses through the vetting procedure. Farm Week’s very own Bree Rutledge completed her first Pre-Novice CTR with ILDRA riding 10 miles with her homebred horse ‘Clovermount Rhinestone’ with aspirations to continue their endurance career together to partake in this year’s HICC competition held at the British Horse Feed’s Red Dragon Festival of Endurance.

Pony Club rider Ella Anderson also completed her first Pre-Novice CTR of 10 miles on ‘Opal’ accompanied by fellow Pony Club rider Amy Murphy on ‘Sweet Honey Bee’. Regular TREC competitors Jayne Woodward on ‘Boycie’ and Arlene Jackson on ‘Prima Rosa’ also completed their first Pre-Novice CTRs with ILDRA with both horses and riders completing a course of 10 miles. Congratulations go to all of the new riders and horses for completing their first CTRs with ILDRA and beginning their endurance careers.

Congratulations also go to Gail Hadden and Diesel for completing their first 20-mile CTR and beginning their qualification process to obtain their Bronze Shamrock. The ILDRA Shamrock Grading Systems allows riders to gradually progress through the grades of endurance, building up their horse’s fitness and stamina to be able to compete at their desired level of competition whether that is regular 20-mile CTRs or partaking in FEI level events of 100-mile competitions.

ILDRA’s next ride takes place at Woodburn Forest Park offering pleasure rides on Saturday the 6th of July with this ride also incorporating the annual ILDRA BBQ. Please note that you must been your own meat to this ride, there will be BBQ facilities available at this event and that venue parking takes place at Woodburn Presbyterian Church car park. For further information contact the ride organisers Karina McVeigh and Ruth Lyness or through ILDRA’s website and Facebook page.



10 miles (16km)

Bree Rutledge on Clovermount Rhinestone, Jayne Woodward on Boycie, Arlene Jackson on Prima Rosa, Amy Murphy on Sweet Honey Bee, Ella Anderson on Opal.

20 miles (32km)

Gail Hadden on Diesel, Ruth Lyness on Autumn Whisper, Jocelyn Willis on Sam.

25 miles (40km)

Emma Hayes on Yasser Arafat.

30 miles (48km)

Helen McFarland on She Stoops to Conquer.


Cam Forest

26 May 19


05 May 19

Shane Castle

28 Apr 19


14 Apr 19