ILDRA (the Irish Long Distance Riding Association) turned out in force at Gosford Forest Park near Markethill on Sunday, March 24. Several CTR (Competitive Trail Ride) and pleasure riders enjoyed the excellent riding conditions, along the meandering woodland trails. Sunshine and warmer temperatures led to the feeling of spring in the air.
David Nealon, MRCVS, performed veterinary duties for the numerous CTR riders and their horses. All CTR riders successfully completed their respective distances with congratulations going to all riders. Experienced endurance rider, Martin McNamara, who has competed internationally at FEI level, completed a 20 mile CTR bringing ‘Sayel Al Khalediah’ to his first endurance ride. Another experienced endurance rider, who has also completed FEI rides, bought a new horse to compete in endurance, with Nicola Boud Tighe on ‘Elan’ successfully completing a 20 mile CTR. Louise Lynn completed her first CTR with ILDRA on the experienced endurance horse, ‘Frandore Al Maury’ – congratulations go to all new horses and riders.
Thanks must go to the Forestry Service for allowing access to Gosford Forest Park and to John Anderson and the Conly Family for marking and running the ride on the day.
RESULTS: Sundy, March 24, 33km (21 miles) – Emma Hayes, Yasser Arafat; Jocelyn Willis, Sam; Helen McFarland, J St Jake; Roseanna Andrews, She Stoops to Conquer; Ruth Lyness, Autumn’s Whisper; Nicola Boud Tighe, Elan; Louise Lynn, Frandore Al Maury; Martin McNamara, Sayel Al Khalediah; Mary Thompson, Horseware Positano; Declan Lynch, Kildare’s Rebel; Rachelle Lynch, Heidi.
48km (30 miles): Karina McVeigh, Cheyenne.