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 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
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.
|PK||Ride Name||Link||Dates||Location||CityState||Day1||Day2||Ride Manager|
|2||MnDRA1*||Link to Ride||4/30 & 5/1/22||St. Croix State Park||Hinckley, MN||SAT: 75E/50E/25LD/25C/12D/12N||SUN: 25LD/25C/12D/12N||Michelle Fedewa|
|3||Mock Ride||Link to Clinic||5/07/2022||Crow-Hassan Park Reserve||Rogers, MN||TBD||n/a||Becky Horihan|
|4||Trade River Run*||Link to Ride||5/21 & 5/22/22||Gov Knowles SP - Trade River Camp||Cushing, WI||SAT: 75E/50E/25LD/25C||SUN: 25LD/25C/11N||Deb Moe|
|5||Maplewood West*||Link to Ride||6/4 & 06/05/22||Maplewood State Park||Pelican Rapids, MN||SAT: 50E/25LD/25C||SUN: 25LD/25C/15I||Sarah Peltier|
|6||Southeast MN||Link to Ride||6/18 & 6/19/22||Forestville State Park||Preston, MN||SAT: 50E/25LD/25C||SUN: 25LD/25C/15N||Theresa Meyer|
|7||Maah Daah Hey||Link to Ride||6/25 & 6/26/22||Bar X Ranch||Medora, ND||SAT: 50E/30LD/10N&I||SUN: 50E/30LD/10N&I||Angie Mikkelson|
|8||Mosquito Run*||Link to Ride||7/09 & 7/10/22||Crow-Hassan Park Reserve||Rogers, MN||SAT: 50E/25LD/25C/15D/15N||SUN: 25LD/25C/10D/10N||Peggy Pasillas|
|9||Northern Lightz Run||Link to Ride||7/23 & 7/24/22||Twin Valley Riders Club||Twin Valley, MN||SAT: 50E/50C/25LD/25C/Intro||SUN: 50E/50C/25LD/25C/Intro||Michelle Splonskowski|
|10||Bearfoot Boogie||Link to Ride||8/20 & 8/21/22||St. Croix State Park||Hinckley, MN||SAT: 75E/50E/25LD/25C/15N||SUN: 25LD/25C/15N||Katie Vogl|
|11||Charity Cup||Link to Ride||9/10 & 9/11/22||Pillager State Forest||Pillager, MN||SAT: 50E/25LD/25C||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.