Endurance Riding Ireland

3 FOR 2 OFFER ON VETTED PLEASURE RIDES

  • canter along the beach at St. Patrick’s Coast Ride?
  • ride a finish up the hill at Downpatrick racecourse?
  • trot past acres of wild bluebells at Shane’s Castle?

You can do all this and more with us at ILDRA (Irish Long Distance Riding Association). Our riders enjoy access to many private estates, forestry and other land not normally open to the public and are open to both members and non-members (although entries are pre-booked, online only)

3 for 2 offer on Vetted Pleasure Rides

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Welcome

ILDRA (Irish Long Distance Riding Association - 1990) is a long established Endurance Riding Organisation with representation throughout Ireland and is recognised by 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 2022
Event/Venue
Branch
Sun 17 Jul
Florence Court (Cancelled)
CTR, Vetted Pleasure Rides and Pleasure Rides
Sun 24 Jul
Shane's Castle
CTR, Vetted Pleasure Rides and Pleasure Rides
Sat 03 Sep
St Patrick's Coast Ride
ERs, CTRs, Vetted Pleasure Rides & Pleasure Rides

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3 for 2 offer on Vetted Pleasure Rides

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