Report & Results:
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.
Cam Forest has extensive tracks available for riding and our route will take in many of them. Cam Forest covers a total of just over 1,300 hectares about five and a half miles east of Limavady, straddling the North Sperrins ridge. The Forest contains a multitude of wildlife from badgers and red squirrels to kestrels and buzzards.
The entrance is off the B66 Limavady (Ringsend Road), which is halfway between Limavady and the main Coleraine – Garvagh A29 road.