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End of season rides for ILDRA

ILDRA (Irish Long Distance Riding Association) has hosted several pleasure rides (PRs) and competitive trail rides (CTRs) throughout 2021, offering numerous riders the opportunities to enjoy safe off-road riding with their horses.

ILDRA returned to the very popular venue of Shane’s Castle on October 10 for a day of riding in glorious autumn sunshine. Attending riders enjoyed the riding trails on offer through the Shane’s Castle Estate and into the neighbouring Randalstown Forest.

Thanks go to the Conly family for marking the route and to Emma Hayes and David Cunningham for running the event on the day. Thanks also go to the O’Neill family and Shane’s Castle Estate staff for allowing access and for the Forestry Service for allowing access to Randalstown Forest.

On November 14, ILDRA returned to Castle Ward after several years of absence. Riders enjoyed the new hoof trail route available at Castle Ward and were treated to a wide variety of riding scenes (some eagle-eyed riders may have spotted some of the filming locations from the popular Game of Thrones series), including forested tracks and waterside riding along the edge of Strangford Lough.

Thanks go to the National Trust and Castle Ward Estate staff for allowing access to this venue. Thanks also go to the Hayes family for organising the event.

For upcoming ILDRA rides in 2022, please check ILDRA’s website or Facebook page and for details on how to enter these events.

Thanks go to all of the ILDRA committee members, who have kindly marked and organised events throughout the year – remember, they are always looking for more volunteers!

Bree Rutledge

If you would like to find out more about Horse Week, Bree Rutledge can be contacted by email: or or by telephone: +44 (0) 28 9033 4493.



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