Wednesday, May 01, 2019

Ireland: Wintry hints in the air at endurance rides at Florencecourt Estate - Full Article

By Robert Irwin - May 1, 2019

THE Irish Long Distance Riding Association (ILDRA) headed to the west of the country for their first ride at the sprawling Florencecourt Estate on April 14.

A wintry chill was in the air with hints of rain, although many riders made their way around the trails before the rains began.

Both CTR (Competitive Trail Rides) and Pleasure riders enjoyed the varied trails at Florencecourt, which meander through streams and over quaint wooden bridges of the Claddagh River. The riders then made their way towards the mountainous section of the trails of Benaughlin Mountain before descending along the Cuilcagh Way, which offers superb views across County Fermanagh and County Monaghan.

The attending veterinary officer on the day was David Nealon MRCVS, with all horses passing their respective endurance distances.

An endurance rider, Hannah Catterall introduced her new horse ‘Hugo’, to his first ever pleasure ride and even tried out a vetting...

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