2020….Take 2?

Our next event, which would usually be our Nationals, will take place at Larkfield, near Athy.  We are running a full and a half marathon (trail ride) at this event.  Please book in through www.itsplainsailing.com/club/ei  As we have said previously the rides, due to the pandemic will be members only, however you can still join the club if you want to ride at our events and your membership will carry over to 2021.  Keep an eye for updates.  Our Endurance Ireland Event Procedure is now online see below:

Tellus Survey aircraft to begin flying over the south east of Ireland.

Conducted by the Geological Survey Ireland (GSI), the Tellus survey collects geochemical and geophysical data on rocks, soil and water across Ireland.

To collect this data, the latest phase of the survey will involve a low-flying aircraft flying from August 2020 until the end of the year (weather permitting) over Counties Laois, Kilkenny, Tipperary and Waterford, and neighbouring parts of Kildare, Carlow, Offaly and Cork. For up to date information and the planned weekly flight schedule, please visit www.tellus.ie.

The aircraft will fly at a low level of 60 metres over rural areas (approximately eight times the height of a standard two storey house), rising to 240 metres over urban areas. The sound of the plane is similar to that of a passing lorry and it may startle sensitive livestock, such as horses, pedigree cattle, sheep-in-lamb and poultry flocks. The speed of the aircraft is about 216 km/h or 130 mph.

As it is vital to raise public awareness of the project, particularly amongst farmers and animal owners, the Tellus team is delivering an ongoing communications campaign across the region to ensure all stakeholders are informed. If you have any  concerns about the survey, particularly if you own sensitive livestock and you would like to be kept informed of latest flight plans in your area,  you can contact the Tellus Freephone information line on 1800 45 55 65 or visit www.tellus.ie. You can also follow Tellus on twitter, @TellusGSI

It has been a difficult few weeks and the Committee of Endurance Ireland have been working hard with Horse Sport Ireland to agree a date to recommence our normal riding during this pandemic.  Horse Sport Ireland have made a submission to the Government in order to resume equestrian sport.  What this means for Endurance Ireland is as follows:
1. Members only at our events
2. Restrictions at our events
What the Committee has done in order to comply with this and help our riders is develop a number of documents and controls:
1. Revised the Safety Statement
2. Issued the Endurance Ireland Event Protection Procedures (this will follow once HSI have approved the contents)
3. The Committee has decided that anyone who pays membership in 2020 will have their membership extended to 2021
We all hope we can get back riding safely soon, so take care and keep in touch and an eye on this website and our facebook page for updates.

Coming up in 2020

Due to restrictions put in place by the Government, Endurance Ireland are postponing all events during the restriction period, this includes our virtual ride series.  Please click on the link below to find the most up to date information available for the equestrian community from HSI.  Stay safe everyone #thespiritofendurance

Care of animals including horses is exempt from new Government restrictions


Endurance Ireland has been requested by England, Scotland and Wales to cancel the Home Internationals and Celtic Challenge 2020 because of the uncertainty of the Covid-19 virus.

Endurance Ireland has agreed to this request given the current situation worldwide.

Due to the coronavirus – COVID-19 outbreak and in line with HSI direction, Endurance Ireland will not be running events up to the 19th of April and we will keep of advised of whether or not this will be extended.

On the 12th of April, which was the day we were running Inistoige, any member who trains on their own or with their riding partner can map their ride, using any of the main training apps, send us a screenshot and we will log your trail mileage.  We are trying to make a positive from this negative so this Sunday, head out on your horse and ride in spirit with our other club members.  Send your screenshots to endurancesecretary@gmail.com or pm our facebook plage.  If you are posting online, use the hashtag #thespiritofendurance.

Remember we have a number of trail riding trophies and mileage rosettes available so you might as well stay clocking up those miles to alleviate the boredom! Stay safe everyone and we hope to see you all soon.


We are using a new method of booking in for rides this year and would ask everyone to take part as this is how we will update you on any changes to the event.  The link to book will be in the event and on our facebook page.

The month of January saw a historic day for Horse Sport Ireland in the running of the first ever National Endurance Licence Syllabus in Abbeyleix and Endurance Ireland was delighted to be part of this historic day in hosting the first course. The aim of the course is to educate organisers and riders to the full complement of rules set down by the FEI on a national level. This course will have all endurance clubs under the endurance section in Horse Sport Ireland all attaining the same level of understanding for the sighing off of riders who wish to seek an international licence.

The attendees went into study mode before and on the day. It was a full day of lectures, given and created by Chairman of the High Performance Committee Kevin Croke who is also an International FEI course director. All attendees at the end of the day then had an exam which included rules, regulations and timing all of which had been covered by Kevin on the day. All who attended expressed their deep satisfaction on the delivery, conduct of the course and most importantly the content of the course.

On finishing the exam members were delighted to have the company of Avalon Everett, head of Sport, Legal and Governance at Horse Sport Ireland who presented all with a certificate of attendance. One can only say that this syllabus has hit the ground running with absolute positivity.



Upcoming Events


Endurance Ireland are delighted to announce the hosting of the 2020 Home Internationals and Celtic Challenge.
We look forward to welcoming Endurance GB, SERC and Welsh Endurance Team to Ireland next year.  More information about this event to follow soon.



Kilsheelan Ride

After a wonderful day at Stradbally, for which we would like to extend our thanks to the Cosby Family and the IMFHA for inviting us again to this event, we are holding our next ride at Kilsheelan.  At this event we will be offering up to 80km rides and like our event in Stradbally, CRs will open to non members.    If you wish to enter for a CR we would ask that you register with us by the 16th of July by contacting the organiser or endurancesecretary@gmail.com or via the Facebook page EnduranceIreland.  Please note: Time change for Sunday, start at 10.30am

Stradbally IMFHA Show

We are delighted to be attending the IMFHA Annual Show in Stradbally on the 7th of July and thank them for their ongoing invitation.  At this event we will be offering up to 80km rides.  Successful completion of this event will be eligible as a qualifier for applying for an FEI licence.  Endurance Ireland has always recognised qualifications and mileage attained with other Endurance organisations and continues to do so and this ride is open to non-members.  If you wish to enter for this weekend’s ride we would ask that you register with us by the 4th of July by contacting Anne endurancesecretary@gmail.com or 087 6552250.

FEI Riding in Ireland

As some of you are aware, HSI recently undertook a mediation process between all of the stakeholders in Endurance in Ireland, in an effort to resolve our differences in relation to FEI events.  Endurance Ireland took part in this process and worked with other parties to look to the future.  HSI have now taken the decision to directly administer FEI licencing in Ireland.
On a positive note for Endurance Ireland, our members will now be able to apply directly to HSI for FEI licences if they meet the criteria and so wish.  In addition, anyone undertaking mileage at any of our rides will be able to use this mileage as a qualifier for the purposes of gaining an FEI licence.  HSI have stated that they recognise Endurance Ireland and mileage attained at our events.
HSI have given details on their website of how to apply (click here for link).  In the coming weeks, Endurance Ireland will be amending our rules where necessary to incorporate any changes that are required to facilitate this and aiding any members who wish to apply for licences.  For more details please contact the Endurance Ireland FEI Representative: Yvonne on enduranceirelandfei@gmail.com

Upcoming Events

Timahoe BBQ Ride

After the fabulous views of Mountshannon, we are off to Timahoe for our annual BBQ ride.  This event is open to members and non members but we do need you to book in so we have enough burgers!  If you could book in with the organiser by the 18th of June please.  More details are on our calendar.

Mountshannon Ride

As anyone who has come to our Mountshannon Ride can attest, this is a beautiful venue that stretches from Clare into Galway, (and back again), for more details please check out the calendar.

Baunreagh BBQ Ride

Our next ride is a BBQ ride in Baunreagh, on the 26th of May.  In order to organise the food for the day, we need everyone to book in by Sunday 19th of May.

Stradbally ODE

So on the back of a successful marathon event, we return to the fabulous venue of Stradbally Hall on the 5th of May.  This ride is held in conjunction with the IDHBA Laois Branch, where we take part in their overall event, running both our ride and a number of classes dedicated to the Irish Draught Breed, one of our most important native breeds.  More details are on the calendar.


To finish is to win

After a wet but fun day in Inistoige, our next event is our marathon in Kinnity on the 28th of April.  We will have both a 1/2 marathon and a full marathon on offer, for more details check out the calendar.  All those who complete will receive a medal. The event is open to both members and non members so don’t waste this opportunity and book in quickly!! If you want to come along and do a shorter distance, we will also be offering trail rides on the day.  You must book in by Sunday the 21st of April if you want to take part in the marathon, details on the calendar or pm us on facebook at Endurance Ireland.

Endurance Ireland is also thrilled to share our fantastic news,  we were one of the finalists in the Irish Sport Horse Industry Awards 2019 Top Organisation Category, it is a great achievement for our club and to see the presentation, check out the video below.  Unfortunately we didn’t win (this year!!) but we are delighted to have all of our hard work promoting the sport of Endurance and our innovative initiatives recognised.  We would like to extend our thanks to Liam and Deirdre Geddes for their support.  


What to look forward to in 2019

After a lovely day out on the beach, we are off to Inistoige next and starting our 2019 League, all members need to book in if they are taking part in the League so contact the Organiser, Pat.  Following on from that will be our first ever Marathon.  We will be running both full and half marathons in Kinnity this year so for more details check out the calendar.

Well first of all, we are offering a discount of 10% to all who pay their membership and horse registration on or before the 30/04/19.  Again this year we will offer loyalty cards for a discount off our Nationals Event.  Unfortunately we had to postpone our training day, however we plan to reschedule and will keep you all updated.

This is a very exciting year for the club, as we are heading into our 6th year of the Interschools Trophies.  The Interschools was started in 2014 by Endurance Ireland to promote the sport at a Junior Level.  We have both team and individual trophies that are awarded at our Awards Night every year.  You don’t even have to be a member of the club to earn mileage for your school or indeed win either of the trophies.  Check out our Trophy page for more details or contact our Secretary on endurancesecretary@gmail.com.

Have you ever wanted to complete a marathon? are you sick listening to everyone else say how many they have done?  Well now’s your chance to jump on the bandwagon.  Endurance Ireland will be running 2 marathon events this year.  The first will take place at our Kinnity Ride.   We will have both a 1/2 marathon and a full marathon on offer, for more details check out the calendar.  All those who complete will receive a medal. The event is open to both members and non members so don’t waste this opportunity and book in quickly!!

Our League will be running again this year for club members.  This is an intergrade league  where the those qualified at higher levels are weighted.  The league will be run over 6 venues with the points from the best 4 rides taken in to consideration.  Where there is a tie in points  the person who has attended/passed the most rides over the 6 events will be declared the winner.  The venues for the league rides are: Inistoige, Stradbally ODE, Baunreagh, Mountshannon, the IMFHA Hound Show and Kilsheelan.


Looking forward to 2019

Welcome to our new website!

After enjoying a well deserved night out at the the Annual Meeting & Awards Night we are looking forward to another great season in 2019.  Our calendar is online and starts this year in Wolfhill!  More events will be added as they are confirmed over the next few weeks so keep an eye to see when we are out and about.

Enjoying our Wolfhill Ride