11th May 2020
Safety has always been a top priority for endurance riders and will be even more so in the coming months when we hope there can be some resumption of sporting activities.
With that in mind we ask for your continued patience as we work out what changes will be required to allow us to safely organise endurance rides.
In the meantime and in recognition of the changed circumstances resulting from Covid19, all members who have paid annual membership and horse registration fees for 2020 will be able to carry over their memberships and horse registrations for 2021 without further payment.
Thank you for your support in the past and we look forward to it in the future.
ILDRA Ulster Branch is running a Pleasure Ride in aid of the Huntington's Disease Association NI at Ballydugan House on 112th April 2020
We are also holding a draw for some really great prizes in the day.
Check out the list or donations at either of the above links - don't miss out on the draw or the ride....
ILDRA is delighted to have been asked to host the 2020 Home International and Celtic Challenge Championships at St.Patrick's Coast Ride on 5th/6th September. This proved to be a very popular and successful venue when Ireland last hosted the event in 2016
We look forward to welcoming both regular riders and visitors from the competing nations' teams to this prestigious competition in the beautiful part of Co.Down where the 'mountains of Mourne sweep down to the sea'.
There is more information on the St. Patrick's Coasts ride Web site.
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: