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 2019
Tue 22 Jan
Taking the Reins to improving your performance
Talk on Rider Biomechanics (incl. theory and practical)
Sun 27 Jan
Knockmany Forest Park
Pleasure Ride
Sun 03 Feb
Ballyhale Co. Kilkenny
Pr. CTRS up to 48km
Sat 09 Feb
Annual Dinner and Awards
2018 Annual Awards will be presented
Sun 17 Feb
Sat 23 Feb
Sun 10 Mar
CTRs (max. 80km), PR, PC & RH2RH
Sun 17 Mar
Inistoge Co. Kilkenny
Pr. CTRS up to 64Km subject to entries
Sun 24 Mar
Sun 24 Mar
Kinnity Co Offaly
Pr. CTRS up to 64Km subject to entries
Sat 30 Mar
Clandeboye Estate Charity Ride
PR - in aid of Air Ambulance NI
Sun 07 Apr
Sun 14 Apr
CTRs (up to 80km), PR & Pony Club


Latest News

Log Book Price increase 2019

Log book fees increaseread more

Board Meeting December 2018

Notes from the Dec 2018 ILDRA Board meetingread more


Resuts of the EGM resolution here. See alos the AGM report and Chair's address from the AGM on its calendar page.read more

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