MnDRA was formed to promote distance riding in the Upper Midwest, giving recognition to horse and rider teams. Events sponsored in Minnesota are Competitive, Limited Distance, and Endurance.
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Why Distance Ride?
Partnership. Trust. Dedication
MnDRA approves the ride schedule during the annual meeting in March. The schedule below is still tentative. MnDRA members can earn points towards year-end recognition and awards. Four of these rides (highlighted in yellow) are financially sponsored by MnDRA and are the primary fundraiser for year-end awards. Each ride has a separate page on this website which contains detailed information, ride flyers, and more. To access that, simply click on the ride name in the schedule below or from the top menu of this page.
New in 2024
Maah Daah Hey dates shifted from June to July.
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|Number||Order||Ride Name||Link||Dates||Location||City State||Events Offered||Day2*||Ride Manager|
|2||3||MnDRA1||Link to Ride||5/4 & 5/5/24||St. Croix State Park||Hinckley, MN||SAT: 50E/25LD/25C/12D/12N SUN: 25LD/25C/12D/12N||Michelle Fedewa|
|3||2||Mock Ride||Link to Clinic||TBD||Crow-Hassan Park Reserve||Rogers, MN||SA: 7N/7Intro||n/a||Peggy Pasillas|
|4||4||Trade River Run||Trade River Run||5/18 & 5/19/24||Gov Knowles SP - Trade River||Cushing, WI||SAT: 50E/25LD/25C/11Intro SUN: 25LD/25C/11N||Lindsay Nichols|
|5||5||Maplewood West||Link to Ride||6/1 & 6/3/24||Maplewood State Park||Pelican Rapids, MN||SAT: 50E/25LD/25C SUN: 25LD/25C/12N||Sarah Louise|
|6||6||Southeast MN||Southeast MN||6/15 & 6/16/24||Forestville State Park||Preston, MN||SAT: 50E/25LD/25C SUN: 25LD/25C/15N||Theresa Meyer|
|7||8||Maah Daah Hey||Link to Ride||7/20 & 7/21/24||Sully Creek State Park||Medora, ND||SAT: 50E/30LD/12N/12Intro SUN: 50E/30LD/12N/12Intro||Angie Mikkelson|
|8||7||Mosquito Run||Link to Ride||7/13 & 7/14/24||Crow-Hassan Park Reserve||Rogers, MN||SAT: 50E/25LD/25C/15D/10N SUN: 25LD/25C/10D/10N||Peggy Pasillas|
|9||9||Dakota Dash||Link to Ride||8/3 & 8/4/24||Sheyenne National Grassland||Leonard, ND||SAT: 50E/25LD/10Intro SUN: 25LD/10Intro||Amy Ellingson|
|10||10||Bearfoot Boogie||Link to Ride||8/17 & 8/18/24||St. Croix State Park||Hinckley, MN||Katie Vogl|
|11||11||Charity Cup||Link to Ride||9/7 & 9/8/24||Pillager State Forest||Pillager, MN||SAT: 50E/25LD/25C/10Intro SUN: 25LD/25C||Dr. Karin Lupo|
Are you new to Distance riding?
Mndra loves to help new riders! Hover over each photo for a few ways to help get you started. Click on the photo to open a document or follow a link.
New Rider Handbook
This is an excellent introduction into distance riding and covers many subjects including what to expect at a ride, conditioning and feeding your horse, and much more.Click the button below to download a copy.
Find a mentor
Many mentors are available online through the use of various Facebook groups. Be sure to check out the links for more resources.
Attend a Clinic
MnDRA often hosts an Intro to Distance Riding Clinic each spring which may includes a short 'mock' ride that follows the competitive trail riding rules.Throughout the year, most rides have a novice event, which is a ride between 10-15 miles long. An experienced leader will be assigned to your group. It's a perfect way for someone to see if this sport is for you.
The AERC – American Endurance Ride Conference is the national organization of endurance riding. They have several educational videos available on YouTube.
- Arriving at Camp
- Horse Camping Part 1
- Horse Camping Part 2
- Control Check Exam
- How to Stay on Trail
- Crew Bag
There are also many groups on Facebook that help out new riders. The term “Green Beans” has been coined to describe a new rider to endurance. Consider joining in on the discussion.