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 2018
Sun 16 Sep
Pr . Ctr. RH2RH
Sun 23 Sep
CTRs (up to 80km), PR & Pony Club
Sun 07 Oct
Sun 14 Oct
Knockmany Forest Park
Pleasure Ride
Sun 21 Oct
Sun 21 Oct
Pr . RH2RH CTRs up to 80km
Sun 28 Oct
Gosford Forest Park
PR & Fancy Dress
Sun 04 Nov
Delamont Country Park
Pleasure Ride Only
Sun 11 Nov


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Knockmany Forest Park

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Shane's Castle

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Mournes - (Based from Tollymore)

50-mile achievement at ILDRA’s Mournes Rideread more

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