The Arabian Horse Distance Riding Association (AHDRA) will be hosting an introduction to distance riding on Saturday, April 7th. The event will be held at Doug and Julie Beigerts’ Run Along Farms outside of Geneseo, IL (www.runalongfarms.com). Any and all are welcome to attend.
A general overview of the sport will be offered. Topics that will be discussed are:
- Types of distance riding explained
- Available distance organizations – locally, nationally, and breed
- What to take to a ride – for both human and horse
- Conditioning – how much is enough? Different kinds of conditioning programs
- Feeding and nutrition for the horse, before, during, and after a ride
- Explanations of score cards
- A brief synopsis of rules
- A tutorial in vetting a horse at a ride
- First-person experiences
A question and answer session will be offered after the clinic for attendees. AHDRA hopes to bring in new people, to help answer questions from others who have ridden in previous years, to tell about ride experiences, and to show that you don’t have to be young to enjoy the sport. Experienced riders and veterinarians will be available for demonstrations and questions. Tack, apparel, and awards will be shown.
Endurance and Competitive riding is a sport for everybody – young and old, new and experienced. There are levels for new competitors all the way up to world events. Distances vary, ranging from 12.5 miles to 100 miles in one day. Endurance events are those held over 50 miles, with the fastest completion time being the winner. Competitive events are those held between 12.5 miles and up, and must be completed in a given time frame.
Horses are monitored at all times by their riders, and veterinarians at holds or checkpoints. Metabolics and soundness are checked at these times as well, to make sure that the horse is “fit to continue”.
For more information about the clinic, please visit AHDRA’s website – www.ahdra.org.
If you are interested in attending, please contact Lori Windows: 815-699-2318; firstname.lastname@example.org