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. 

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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





Northern Lightz Run- Cancelled

From Michelle, NLR ride manager I am very sorry to be posting the Northern Lightz Run will be cancelled again for the 2021 season. If I can’t find someone interested in managing it in the future years it will probably not happen again. There are a host of reasons, but

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Maplewood West – Postponed

From Sarah, Maplewood West ride manager: Evening y’all! Update for MW 2021 below. If you’ve been the Maplewood before, you know that while the campgrounds themselves are fairly large, there are only 24 reservable sites. Every year, we cram as many trailers into each site as possible, as well as

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SE MN Campsites are full but…

There are always cancellations closer to the ride. Many are advertised on the MnDRA facebook group. Please join that group if you haven’t already or check back at the FB event page.

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Ride Schedule

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Sort Ride Name Link to Ride Page Dates Location City State Day 1 Day 2 Ride Manager Ride Manager Email
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.


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!