THE Irish Long Distance Riding Association (ILDRA) held their first event since the start of lockdown at the much-loved and beautiful venue of Shane’s Castle, Antrim on Sunday, July 26. Under the new normal, a range of COVID protocols had been introduced prior to this ride, including the requirement of all riders to pre-enter and a restriction of the numbers of riders able to ride together on the day. All of the organising committee at ILDRA would like to thank the attending riders for the adherence to the new guidelines and their ongoing support.
Riders (and their horses!) enjoyed seeing old friends (socially distanced, of course) and reuniting after several months apart. All of those attending on the day enjoyed riding around the scenic trails in the Shane’s Castle Estate and into Randalstown Forest Park, where deer and buzzards could be spotted. The riverside trails at Shane’s Castle made for peaceful riding conditions and perfect photo opportunities across the picturesque bridges.
ILDRA extends its thanks to the O’Neill family and estate staff for allowing access to Shane’s Castle and to the forestry service for allowing access to Randalstown Forest Park.
Thanks also go to all of the ILDRA committee members, who oversaw the safe running of this event in compliance with the COVID regulations and to the ride organiser, Jocelyn Willis, assisted by Bree Rutledge and Vincent McAufield.
Please check the official ILDRA website and Facebook page for details on the future events and how to pre-enter the next upcoming rides – no entries will be accepted on the day to ensure that rides can run safely.