Last day to pre-enter for Charity Cup 2021 is Tuesday, September 7th, 2021! Register here under the Charity Cup page. Registrations at the ride are still welcome. Don’t forget your Coggins!
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
I am please to announce Bearfoot Boogie has enough entries. The ride is on! As with all Endurance Rides, we need volunteers. Volunteering is a great way to learn more about the sport and horse care, rack up some Greenbean Points, and meet new friends. We are looking for…Novice Leaders
August 14th and 15th at St Croix State Park. This ride is sanctioned by AERC, UMECRA, and MnDRA. To learn more about the ride, visit https://www.facebook.com/groups/bearfootboogie OR the ride page https://mndra.com/bearfoot-boogie Please remember to get your ride entries in as soon as possible. We need a minimum of 60 pre-entries
MnDRA sanctions the following rides for the 2021 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.
|Ride Name||Link||Dates||Location||CityState||Day1||Day2||Ride Manager|
|MnDRA1*||https://mndra.com/mndra1||5/1 & 5/2/21||St. Croix State Park||Hinckley, MN||SAT: 50E/25LD/25C/13D||SUN: 25LD/25C/13D/13N||Michelle Fedewa|
|Distance Riding Clinic||https://mndra.com/distance-riding-clinic||5/15/2021||Peggy Pasillas Farm||Inver Grove Heights, MN||Peggy Pasillas|
|Border Battle Boogie*||https://mndra.com/border-battle-boogie||5/22 & 5/23/21||Huntersville State Forest||Menagha, MN||SAT: 75E/50E/25LD/25C||SUN: 25LD/25C/12.5N||Deb Moe|
|Maplewood West*||https://mndra.com/maplewood-west||POSTPONED (No dates yet)||Maplewood State Park||Pelican Rapids, MN||SAT: 50E/25LD/25C||SUN: 25LD/25C/15N||Sarah Peltier|
|Southeast MN||https://mndra.com/southeast-mn||6/19 & 6/20/21||Forestville State Park||Preston, MN||SAT: 50E/25LD/25C||SUN: 25LD/25C/15N||Theresa Meyer|
|Maah Daah Hey||https://mndra.com/maah-daah-hey||6/26 & 6/27/2021||Bar X Ranch||Medora, ND||SAT: 50E/30LD/10N||SUN: 50E/30LD/10N||Angie Mikkelson|
|Mosquito Run*||https://mndra.com/mosquito-run||7/10 & 7/11/21||Crow-Hassan Park Reserve||Rogers, MN||SAT: 50E/25LD/25C/15D/15N||SUN: 25LD/25C/10D/10N||Peggy Pasillas|
|Northern Lightz Run||https://mndra.com/northern-lightz-run||CANCELLED||Twin Valley Riders Club||Twin Valley, MN||FRI: 25LD/Intro||SAT: 50E/50C/25LD/25C/Intro||Michelle Splonskowski|
|Bearfoot Boogie||https://mndra.com/bearfoot-boogie||8/14 & 8/15/21||St. Croix State Park||Hinckley, MN||SAT: 50E/25LD/25C/15N||SUN: 25LD/25C/15N||Katie Vogl|
|Charity Cup||https://mndra.com/charity-cup||9/11 & 9/12/21||Pillager State Forest||Pillager, MN||SAT: 50E/25LD/25C||SUN: 25LD/25C||Darlene Molitor|
|Huntersville Hundred||https://mndra.com/huntersville-hundred||10/2 & 10/3/21||Huntersville State Forest||Menagha, MN||SAT: 100E/75E/50E/ 30LD/30C/Nite25LD||SUN: 30LD/30C/12.5N||Sarah Maass|
|Point Chaser||https://mndra.com/point-chaser||10/22 & 10/23/21||Zumbro Bottoms State Forest||Theilman, MN||FRI: 2-day100Eday1/ 50E/30LD/30C||SAT: 2-day100E-day2/50E/ 30LD/30C/15N||Holly Egerer|
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.