Endurance Riding Ireland


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 24 Sep
CTRs (up to 80km), PR & Pony Club
Sun 01 Oct
Pleasure Ride and up to 48km CTR (pre entry essential)
Sun 08 Oct
Knockmany Forest Park
Pleasure Ride
Thu 19 Oct
Safeguarding 1
Basic Awareness
Sun 29 Oct
Sat 04 Nov
Sun 05 Nov
Delamont Country Park
Pleasure Ride Only
Fri 10 Nov
Thu 16 Nov
Safeguarding 1
Basic Awareness


Latest News


ILDRA AGM Dates are announced for both Branch and National meetings and Awards presentations and dinner.read more

Vacancy - Chef d'Equipe Irish Endurance Team WEG 2018

In the event that an Irish Endurance Team qualifies for the World Equestrian Games in Tryon, USA, Sept 2018 - Horse Sport Ireland is seeking a Chef D'Equipe for Ireland's team. The position will be filled on a voluntary basis.read more

Lindum (EGB)

Results for the Irish Squad competing at the EMERALD GREEN FEEDS LINDUM SPIRIT ride held at Market Rasen Racecourse are now on-lineread more

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