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
Sun 28 Apr
Shane Castle
PR, RC, PC, RH2RH & CTR (Up to 64km)
Sun 28 Apr
Stradbally Co laois
Pr. CTRS up to 80km subject to entries
Sun 05 May
CTRs (max. 80km), PR & Pony Club
Sun 19 May
Oldcourt Co. Wicklow
Pleasure rides and Ctrs up to 48km subject to entries.
Sun 26 May
Cam Forest
CTR (80km), PR, PC & RH2RH
Sun 09 Jun
Mournes - (Based TBA)
Sun 09 Jun
Donard Co Wicklow
Pleasure rides and Ctrs up to 48km subject to entries.
Sun 23 Jun
CTR, PR, RC & PC (Up to 80km)


Latest News


Wintery hints in the air at Endurance Rides at Florencecourt Estate read more

Clandeboye Estate Charity Ride

Hamper 1 - # 155 - Carla Mullan
Hamper 2 - # 3 - Roz Corry
Hamper 3 - # 14 - Liz Evans
Hamper 4 - # 64 - David McAdoo
Hamper 5 - # 86 - Pauline Rainey

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Gosford Forest Park

Spring has sprung at ILDRA’s Gosford Rideread more

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