Ballydougan Road, Downpatrick, Co. Down
St. Patrick's Coast Endurance Ride, now in its 7th year, continues to develop. A stunning 32km (20 mile) loop taking in forest, old railways, farm lanes and fields as well as a significant distance of beaches, less than 1.5km of road work to top it off.
Taking place on Saturday 3rd September this year, it is a not to be missed day. A Dinner will be held on the Saturday evening, open to all, so make a weekend out of it, stabling is available on site as is camping for anyone interested.
The event features Pleasure Rides for all, non-members welcome, of 16km (10 miles) and 32km (20 miles) [note the 16km ride does not take in the beaches]. Competitive Rides (CTRs) from 32km (20 miles) up to 80km (50 miles).
St. Patrick's Coast Endurance Ride 2019 - what a great success it was. Record entries and the introduction of the new Team event played a large part in this success..
With the cancellation of the ride in 2020 and 2021 due to covid we make a welcome return for 2022. This year sees us in our 7th year and the development work continues to make it bigger and better again.
A stunning 32km (20 mile) loop taking in forest, old railways, farm lanes and fields as well as a significant distance of beaches, with less than 2km of road work to top it off is waiting for our intrepid competitors.
The event features Pleasure Rides for all, non-members welcome, of 16km (10 miles) and 32km (20 miles) [note the 16km ride does not take in the beaches]. Competitive Rides (CTRs) from 32km (20 miles) up to 80km (50 miles) and this will be joined by Endurance Race Rides (ERs) of 80km (50 miles) and 120km (75 miles) and if demand is there a 2-day 160km (100 mile) event can be accommodated.
Leaving the beach in 2017
We host a Farmers and Prizegiving event on the Saturday evening after the ride. But this years will be extra special as we join to celebrate ILDRA's 30th Anniversary (see more).
We would encourage anyone who can stay to please come along and support this part of the event. It is YOUR chance to say thank you to many of the farmers and landowners over whose land you will ride whilst having a great evening and maybe even picking up a prize.
It is open to everyone (non-members welcome) but you must purchase tickets in advance. A limited number may still be available from the ride office on the day but strictly subject to numbers.
We are delighted that Murphys Bar and Restaurant are again providing the catering - Their very generous support sponsors the food for the Framers and Stewards - a huge thank you to them for this generous support.
As usual the 16km (10 mile) Pleasure Ride will not take in the beaches at Ballykinler and Tyrella so if you want the beach ride enter for the 32km (20 mile) class.
There are also prizes for Pleasure Riders - to be eligible all you have to do is Vet before starting and within 30 minutes of finishing and make sure your times are taken at the start and finish - no extra cost - so why not plan to challenge yourseleves and improve on last year or set a benchmark for next year.
from 2016 aproaching the finish line
Thanks to Aloeride for this great wee reminder from the St. Patrick's Coast 2016 ride when we welcomed teams from England, Scotland and Wales to the Home International and Celtic Challenge Competitions.
There are more videos of the ride on the Aloeride web site at www.aloeride.com/videos-st-patricks-coast-ride-home-international-2016
Please note ALL horses entering the race course property MUST have up-to-date (annual) Flu Vaccinations. Therefore we cannot accept entries from horses or ponies that will not be up to date with their shots. Sorry no exceptions.
If you are stabling you need to send us your vaccination/passport scan. Please send it using email to firstname.lastname@example.org