Endurance Riding Ireland

Important Notice

Notice of EGM and AGM on Saturday 24th November has been sent to all current members - if you have not received yours please contact (secretary@enduranceridingireland.com) immediately and documents can be emailed to you as required.

At a meeting of the ILDRA board of directors last night, Peter O'Carroll resigned as both Chairman and Director and the directors convened an EGM of the company for Saturday 24th November. The meeting will take place at CityNorth Hotel, Gormanstown, Co. Meath at 2pm.
24 Nov 2018


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 2018
Sun 18 Nov
Sat 24 Nov
CityNorth Hotel, Gormanstown, Co. Meath at 2:00pm
Sat 24 Nov
It will follow directly after the EGM


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