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
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
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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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.