Endurance Riding Ireland

New Web Site

ILDRA have a new web site as you will be noticing if you have been here before. It works on your mobile as well.

We still have some features and sections that need more information, such as under the awards section, and others where we need your help in finding out what is missing, such as the 100 mile page, but for now pretty much all you should need is there.

We would like you feedback on it, is there anything missing that you think should be included, any links not going where they should... please let us know what you think.


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 Rides) - these normally start at 50 miles and are for experienced 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 - ensure 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?

Next Events

Date 2017
Sun 02 Jul
Sat 08 Jul
Sun 16 Jul
48km CTR (Pre-entry essential), PR
Sun 23 Jul
Millyard Equestrian Centre
PR and if weather permitting Go-As-You-Please
Wed 26 Jul
Lindum (EGB)
Home International & Celtic Challenge
Sun 13 Aug
Sun 27 Aug


Latest News

Seacliff (SERC | Scotland)


Six members of ILDRA (Irish Long Distance Riding Association) had a superbly successful weekend in Seacliff, Scotland at the International FEI Endurance competition. Three members from Ulster Branch - Helen McFarland, Morgan Skillen and Jacob Morrow and three from Leinster Branch - Mary Thompson, Andrea O’Carroll and Nicola Boud Tighe pulled out all the stops and achieved three 1* accreditations and two 2* accreditations. As a club we are ecstatic with the performance of our riders in Seacliff, Scotland.  Indeed this was Morgan Skillen’s and Mary Thompson’s first ever International event (FEI) and both were immensely proud of their achievements.

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Good luck to Irish riders at Seacliff

We would like to wish all the Irish riders competing at Seacliff FEI ride in Scotland over the weekend of 16th to 18th June the best of luckread more


Baronscourt - A picture in Spring

Endurance riders in Ulster were privileged to enjoy the unparalleled delights of Baronscourt estate in Spring - rampant rhododendrons, late bluebells, frisky lambs, destructive deer and everywhere buzzards wheeling overhead. Competitive riders had the opportunity to train over the demanding trails up and down Bessy Bell and the Pleasure Rides took in the woodland canters through the estate and round the lake.

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