Minnesota Distance Riding Association

A smile with every mile...

Our Events

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. 

Hover over or tap on over each photo for more information.

Endurance

A ride between 50 to 100 miles in a day, with the first horse to cross the finish line while also meeting completion requirements, wins.

Limited Distance

A 25, 30, or 35 mile event where the first horse to cross the finish line and meet pulse criteria, while also meeting completion requirements, wins.

Competitive Trail

While riding or driving, competitive rides are completed within an ideal finish time. Horse fitness is evaluated and the best conditioned horse wins.

Why Distance Ride?

Partnership. Trust. Dedication

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Companionship

Competition

Announcements

Points updated through SE Minnesota

MnDRA points have been updated which include Mndra1, Trade River Run, Maplewood West, and Southeast Minnesota. For any points issues, please contact the ride manager and MnDRA Pointskeeper.

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New at Bearfoot Boogie High Point Team Award

I know we are still a month and a half away from Bearfoot Boogie, but I just wanted to remind everyone that we are offering a High Point Team Awards. Start thinking about who you want on your team. Teams will consist of a maximum of five riders (fewer team

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Maah Daah Hey 2022 is cancelled

Sorry all but the ride is cancelled for 2022. We only have 22 entries for LD/Endurance. The flooding in MT is also effecting river levels, currently the river is 4.5’ high. This would not be a safe level to cross. We have to cross the river in order to put

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Ride Schedule

MnDRA sanctions the following rides for the 2022 season.  Attending these rides as a MnDRA member will earn points towards year end awards.  The club sponsors 4 rides which are indicated by an asterisk (*) in the name below. A MnDRA sponsored ride is financially supported by the club and the primary fundraiser for year end awards.

Each ride has its own “page” – please use the main menu to access each page. 

 

 

MnDra offers year end awards to members.
Points and Awards

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.

Volunteer

Want an up-close and personal view of this sport? Volunteer at an upcoming ride. Help is often needed and you'll gain first hand experience of many aspects of being a distance rider. No experience is necessary! Click the button below to learn more about what to do (or not to do) when volunteering.

Find a mentor

There are many experienced people that want to see you succeed.

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.

Helpful Links

The AERC – American Endurance Ride Conference is the national organization of endurance riding. They have several educational videos available on YouTube. 

 

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.

Need more help? Contact us!