Endurance Riding Ireland

Home International / Celtic Challenge


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Combinations needed at all levels for the Home International/Celtic Challenge teams hosted by Wales at the Red Dragon this year.

  • 2 day 160 km

  • 2 day 120 km

  • 2 day 80 km

  • 80 km ER

  • 50 km junior

  • 40 km novice/novice

More than one rider is needed for many of these classes so don't be shy!

More Info on HI/CC page in the next weeks.


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 2019
Sun 18 Aug
CTRs (up to 80km), PR & Pony Club
Sun 25 Aug
Cam Forest
CTR (80km), PR, PC & RH2RH
Sat 07 Sep
St. Patrick's Coast 2019
ER, CTR, PR, PC and RDA - Hosting the Irish National Championships
Sun 22 Sep
Knockmany Forest Park
Pleasure Ride
Fri 04 Oct
See dedicated web site


Latest News

Statement from Board of Directors (June 2019)

ILDRA's board of directors has been informed of Horse Sport Ireland's unilateral decision to remove ILDRA as the recognised Endurance affiliate in Ireland.read more

Mournes - (Based in Tollymore Forest Park)

Mountainous trail rides enjoyed by many at ILDRA’s Mournes Rideread more

Irish riders enjoy clean sweep at 25th anniversary Endurance GB FEI King's Forest Ride

Tom MacGuiness and Martin McNamara triumph at King's Forestread more

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