We have written some notes to help you enjoy the St. Patrick's Coast Ride - these will also be included in your rider pack on the day but we encourage you to download and read them in advance of the ride.
There is help and advice on all aspects of the ride from arrival to departure including specific information on vetting and the actual routes you will be riding.
Please read these notes before arriving at the ride. They are designed to make your day as enjoyable and safe as possible.
The 2022 Map is now available to download to view and print here.
Please note marking on the route will be the final instructions for riders.
Harvesting, re-sowing and other activities may enforce small route changes to be added since the maps were published so always follow the route markings on course.
Vetting will commence from 8:00am - priority will be given to longer distance and competitive riders.
CTR rides will start from 8:30am with all CTR riders doing over 32km out before 9am
32km PR and Vetted PR rides can also start from 8:30am - priority will be given to longer distance and competitive riders.
The last start time for anyone doing a 32km ride will be 10:30am
The 16km loop will open until at 9:00am - at the start priority will be given to longer distance and competitive riders.
The last start time for anyone doing the 16km ride will be 12:00noon
Competitive and VPR riders need to allow time to vet before they start.
Doors will open for the evening event at 6:30pm with a wine reception.
This is all subject to change - any changes will be posted in the ride office on the day and where possible via this web site and social media.
Note - anyone turning up late may be downgraded to a shorter ride
Downpatrick Race Tickets
Downpatrick Racecourse, in conjunction with St. Patrick's Coast Ride, are offering all riders on the day a FREE complimentary double voucher for one of the last two race meeting at Downpatrick in 2022.
Vouchers will be redeemable via www.downpatrickracecourse.com.
We hope this list, along with advice and instructions in your rider pack, will help you, your horse or pony, and all our stewards, helpers and other riders enjoy the day:-
At St. Patrick's Coast you can ride it purely as a Pleasure Ride or you can ride as a Vetted Pleasure Ride but record a score to allow you to compete for any of a number of prizes and awards such as the Open Team Event, Pleasure Ride Trophy or any of the other specials all at no extra cost.
To record a score you need to present your horse or pony to the vets before you ride out and again, within 30 minutes, of finishing. You also need to ensure the timekeeper records both your start and finish time.
Your horse will have a Heart Rate check (must be 60bpm or less at start and 64bpm at the end), it vitals such as metabolism, hydration etc will be checked, any blemishes etc. will be recorded and finally you will be asked to trot your horse up and down the vet lane to check for soundness.
At the final vetting the process is repeated but the Heart Rate will be taken twice, before and after the trot up, and 1 minute apart.
You horse can be presented in a headcollar or bridal, you should not have saddle or boots on, do not apply hoof oil.
There is no specific time to present before starting so you can come down to the vet gate and then return to your trailer to tack up before starting.
On completion of the ride we suggest you return to your trailer (or the crewing area in the vet field) and cool your horse down. Encourage drinking but not eating at this stage. Peeing is good as well. Note your finish time and then present to the vet steward within 30 minutes of your finish time.
Download our Handy hints for Vet Gate Virgins! guide.
Endurance (or Pleasure Ride) Crewing
Notes on crewing for Pleasure riders will be added here.
On a longer ride a crew (or helper) is a great asset to a rider and horse. They will meet the rider at various, generally pre-defined, crew points listed in the rider information and shown on a ride map.
Here they can provide water and nutrition to both rider and horse as necessary. On the St. Patrick's Coast ride there are many field drinkers that horses can drink from but hydration is essential an suppling fluid that is maybe flavoured, with sugarbeet or apple juice etc, can increase the amount your horse will drink.
Rider support is also very valuable. Energy food and drink, change in clothing and even just moral support can be very beneficial.
A crew can be anyone (or more than one person), they need to be able to drive (or have a driver) and have a vehicle.
They will need to carry water (or other flavoured fluid) for horse to drink and to be used to cool them down on a hot day, buckets and maybe some spare tack, first aid (human and equine) kits, hoof pick
For the rider a change of clothing should the weather change and some energy drink and food is always a good idea.
At St. Patrick's Coast there are a number of designated Crew Points marked on the map that your crew can meet you. We encourage all riders to have a crew, or if riding as a group one support crew can look after a number of riders.
We have a range of St. Patrick's Cost clothing and merchandise now available.Please complete the attached form and send as details along with a cheque and your order details.
If your new to ILDRA this may help you fill in the entry form.
We expect a large demand but we do have increased capacity but we still advise you to enter early.
Access the entry form for the entry system here.
If you do not have an account you need to make one otherwise log in as normal.
Decide what you want to enter - For St. Patrick's Coast we encourage all Pleasure (PR) riders to do a Vetted Pleasure Ride (VPR).
By doing a VPR you are:
So why would you not give vetting a go? Its a Win Win.
You can also use the entry form to book camping and stabling, if you want to make a weekend out of it, and to book your Saturday night party tickets - make sure you bring your friends, family and partners.
Remember it is ILDRA's 30th Anniversary Party as well as our opportunity to say thank you to the farmers and landowners who let us ride over their land and to many of our volunteer stewards who help on the day.
Add all to your cart and pay. It is that simple - then just turn up to ride and bring a friend to the party after.
Entries will close at midnight on Tue 30th Aug. (unless the ride is full first)
If you are stabling you need to send us your vaccination/passport scan. Please send it using email to email@example.com
This and most images on this web site are courtsey of our ride photographer SDS Photo - www.sdsphoto.pro/ildra