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Welcome to our news and results section.

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

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HI/CC Chef dEquipe

13 Apr 18

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 kkathycon@aol.com by 6pm Monday the 30th of April



25 Mar 18

Spring has sprung at Baronscourt Ride

Sunshine was the welcome visitor for ILDRA’s (Irish Long Distance Riding Association) ride at the magnificent Baronscourt Estate on the 25th of March 2018. Numerous pleasure and CTR riders enjoyed riding through the gorgeous scenery of the landscape with the feeling of spring truly being in the air.

Veterinary duties were performed by David Nealon MRCVS, with all horses successfully passing both initial and final vet checks. Several riders have begun to increase their ride distances as the endurance season begins to get underway in preparation for competitions throughout the year, including the prestigious Home Internationals and Celtic Challenge being held in Inverness in Scotland this year.

Daffodil ladened woodlands awaited all riders on their final few kilometres of the ride. As they turned for home, the heights and views afforded by the foothills of the Sperrin Mountains gave way to the peaceful lakes near the Estate House. The youngest riders on the day, Emily Wright on ‘Snowflake’ and Gina Morrison on ‘Pelé’, spent their ride soaking up the sun’s rays near the lakes.

Congratulations go to Jane Hobson riding ‘Glenoran Steps’ who successfully completed her Bronze Qualifier Ride, bringing them one step closer to becoming a Bronze qualified endurance horse and rider. Another notable success of the day was Mary Thompson riding ‘Matutina’. Mary is an experienced endurance rider having represented Ireland at FEI level and she is currently bringing her new horse through the endurance grades with ‘Matutina’ gaining her Bronze Qualifier Ride. In order to gain the Bronze Shamrock qualification, a further CTR ride at the longer distance of 40km is required.

Many thanks to Lord Abercorn and the Baronscourt Estate staff for allowing access to such a stunning location and enabling the riders to enjoy a privileged day out. 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 North for the next Ulster Branch ride at the rugged location of Cam Forest on the 15th of April, offering 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, Morgan Skillen. Further ride details are available on www.enduranceridingireland.com or through ILDRA’s facebook page.


CTR Results

19km (12 miles): Dermot MacGuinness on Shinook, Roseanna Andrews on Arnie

38km (23 miles): Jocelyn Willis on Sam, Ruth Lyness on Autumn Whisper, Mary Thompson on Matutina, Jane Hobson on Glenoran Steps

48km (30 miles): Helen McFarland on Just C’Mall, Tasha Anderson on She Stoops to Conquer



Shane Castle

11 Mar 18

Mother’s Day at Shane’s Castle Ride

A misty start soon transformed into a lovely day out for numerous pleasure and CTR riders attending ILDRA’s (Irish Long Distance Riding Association) event at Shane’s Castle on Sunday the 11th of March. A sharp contrast to the snowy weather experienced by many during the start of March, with the only sign of ‘snow’ being through the beautiful arrays of snowdrops growing throughout the estate grounds.

The attending vet on the day was Michael Duggan, BVSc, MRCVS, who like so many CTR riders was new to the sport of endurance riding. Michael diligently checked all 15 CTR horses before they departed upon their respective endurance rides for the day. Similarly, on their return from their riding, veterinary duties were performed once again to ensure that all horse were sound and fit after their work with all 15 being passed, a good indication of fitness for the coming endurance season of 2018. Congratulations are extended to the Pre-Novice riders for successfully completing their first CTR with ILDRA, we hope that you have gotten the endurance bug!

Mother’s Day and horse riding were synonymous at Shane’s Castle with several mother and daughter duos enjoying a ride-out together. Amy and Kim Murphy both completed CTR rides, with Amy successfully completing her first Pony Club Pre-Novice ride on her new horse Sweet Honey Bee. Another mother-daughter pairing was that of Stephanie and Hannah Wilding enjoying a pleasure ride through the stunning scenery. 

A notable CTR ride of the day was that of Jocelyn Willis and her horse Sam. Jocelyn and Sam successfully completed their silver qualifier ride of 48km bringing them one step closer to obtaining their silver shamrock qualification. A silver final ride is required at a distance of 64km to complete the silver shamrock criteria. This longer ride distance introduces the need for a compulsory vet check and rest period during the ride to ensure that the safety and welfare of horse (and rider too!) are paramount.

Thanks are extended to the O’Neill family and Shane’s Castle estate staff for enabling access to this location and to the Forestry Service for allowing access to the neighbouring Randalstown Forest. Also, thanks to the ride organisers, Neil and Tasha Anderson for marking and running the ride on the day.

The next ILDRA Ulster branch ride is at the stunning location of Baronscourt on the 25th of March, offering 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, Kathy Conly. Further ride details are available on www.enduranceridingireland.com or through ILDRA’s facebook page.


CTR Results

16km (10 miles): Amy Murphy on Sweet Honey Bee, Jane Hobson on Glenoran Steps

25km (16 miles): Kim Fields on Summer, Dermot MacGuinness on Shinook, Mary Thompson on Matutina, Gwen Jaswal on Queenie

32km (20 miles): Emma Hayes on Yasser Arafat, Ruth Lyness on Amber, Jacob Morrow on Kentucky Ten, Helen McFarland on Just C’mall, Tasha Anderson on She Stoops to Conquer, Kim Murphy on Blue Murphy

40km (25 miles): Robyn Catterall on Arabella Blue

48km (30 miles): Roseanna Andrews on Arnie, Jocelyn Willis on Sam


Safe Guarding Courses

12 Feb 18

HSI are running and supporting a series of Safe Guarding Courses throughout Ireland

Details of Venus and dates.

More details on HSI website

1. Safeguarding 1 – Basic Awareness Workshop in Child Welfare & Protection  – a must for anyone working with children!

All Coaches, Club Children’s Officers and Designated Liaison Persons must first complete the 3 hour Child Welfare & Protection Basic Awareness Course.  This course educates participants on the implementation of best practice in protecting the welfare of children involved in sport. This course must be renewed every three years.


2. Safeguarding 2 – Club Children’s Officer (CCO) Workshop – a must for all Club Children’s Officers

The old six hour Children’s Officer Training Course has been replaced by two separate three hour courses.

A Club Children’s Officer should be child centered in focus and have as the primary aim the establishment of a child centered ethos within the club. S/he is the link between the children and the adults in the club.  S/he also takes responsibility for monitoring and reporting to the Club Management Committee on how club policy impacts on young people and Sports Leaders. The Children’s Officer msut complete Safeguarding 1 training and then Safeguarding 2 training.


3. Safeguarding 3 – Designated Liaison Person (DLP) Workshop

The third part of the ISC Child Welfare & Protection Training Programme is the Designated Liaison Person workshop.

A person appointed to the Designated Liaison Person position in a club must have completed the Basic Awareness Workshop in Child Welfare & Protection and should complete the NEW Designated Liaison Person 3 hour workshop. A club may appoint the same person to both the CCO and DLP positions however best practice advises that they are kept as separate role


Tollymore Ride Cancelled

11 Feb 18

Due to conditionas in carpark we have had to cancel todays Tollymore Ride,

Tracks are fine but carpark is dangerous and unlikely to clear up during the morning.

We are going to try and reorganise for next week so keep an eye out here and on facebook.



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