Endurance Riding Ireland

Home International and Celtic Challenge 2020


It is with regret that after discussion with / between the four teams, it was decided that it was in everybody's best interest, due to the uncertainties created by the COVID19 Virus, to cancel the Home International and Celtic Challenge Competitions for 2020. We look forward to a resumption of the competitions in 2021.

Home International / Celtic Challenge

Selection Criteria 2019

Please download the attached for full details on selection and other details relating to the 2019 HICC competitions

Chef d’equipe

The Competitions Committee (Mary Thompson, Helen McFarland) is delighted to announce the appointment of Hannah Catterall as Home International / Celtic Challenge chef d’equipe for 2019 and would like to wish Hannah and her team a successful and enjoyable trip to Wales in October.

Hannah will shortly be in touch with all those who have expressed an interest in the team. If you would like to be involved in any capacity (rider, crew, driver etc) please contact Hannah directly at hannahcatt136@gmail.com.

Riders are reminded that, to be valid, any memberships, log book registrations or re-registrations must have been paid to the ILDRA Secretary (Kathy Conly). If you have paid any of these fees at a branch ride where Kathy was not present, you may wish to check with her that the money has been received. Any mileages ridden without a valid membership or log card WILL NOT COUNT towards qualifications, trophies etc.


Time to sign up ...

Combinations needed at all levels for the Home International / Celtic Challenge teams hosted by Wales at the Red Dragon this year.

  • 2 day 160 km

  • 2 day 120 km

  • 2 day 80 km

  • 80 km ER

  • 50 km junior

  • 40 km novice/novice

More than one rider is needed for many of these classes so don't be shy!

Please send applications to hannahcatt136@gmail.com including your and horse’s qualifications and your preferred class.

We have already acknowledged anyone who has got in touch about taking part, so if you have not heard from us yet, please resend to Hannah directly, as it may not have reached her or gone astray.

REMEMBER we are looking at all levels - from complete novice to seasoned competitor and all those in-between!

Home International and Celtic Challenge 2019

Selection Criteria

Would you like to be a member of a team representing your country in the sport of endurance riding? Each year ILDRA sends two Irish teams made up of riders from both the north and south of Ireland to compete on their behalf in Scotland, England or Wales. One team competes in the "Celtic Challenge" competition and the other team competes in the "Home International". Each team is made up of different levels of endurance riders from Novice to 160KM race riders.

The teams have had various levels of success, but have always had good fun.

In 2019 the competitions will be hosted by Wales and is scheduled to take place at the Red Dragon ride at the Royal Welsh Show Ground, Builth Wells, Powys, LD2 3SY, over the weekend of 4th, 5th & 6th October and ILDRA is looking for riders who would like to represent Ireland and travel to the Event.

We need team players, able to perform at the appropriate level and able to produce their mount at an appropriate level of fitness.

Details of qualification criteria and selection will be available here and through your regional committees soon. Remember there are places on the teams for riders in their first year of competitive endurance riding, novices and intermediate riders with distances from 40km (25 miles) right up to 160km (100 miles) A great opportunity for everyone.

In the meantime, keep riding and improving you and your horse's fitness.

Horse Vaccinations

Due to the 2019 event being held at The Royal welsh Showgrounds. Every horse attending should have current up to date Vaccinations and Passport as evidence.

If you are putting your name forward for selection please make sure you are up-to-date with your horse or ponies vaccinations now.

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