The ILDRA (Irish Long Distance Riding Association) held the inaugural St Patick’s Coast Endurance Event this month. Over 100 riders from juniors to pensioners competed in a wide selection of International Federation for Equestrian Sports (FEI) competitions to pleasure rides. 

The longest ride was over 75 miles, the shortest 10 miles, with the route travelling along forest tracks, three different beaches, lush green fields, gravel tracks and a little roadwork. The event had the support of over 45 farmers and land owners who not only allowed the course to go over their land, but opened gates and moved stock to ensure the event ran smoothly.

William Girvan, Anna Brown and Amy McKeown setting off Photo credit: Gilly Wheeler

The schools event was won by Regent House School, represented by William Girvan, Anna Brown and Amy McKeown (pictured above).