- Do you or your family like to ride horses in the show ring or out on the trail?
- Do you like to camp with your horse or horses for a night, a weekend or a week? Would you like to try?
- Would you like to have the opportunity to ride miles of some really beautiful, well marked trails?
- For one day, two or even three days?
- Would you like to learn how to care for yourself and equine on those long distances?
Is Distance Riding For You? Don’t let the word “Distance” scare you. Remember that in the days before automobiles, horses routinely traveled distances of 25 miles or more. It was a necessity; it was the only way to travel. Horses are not fragile or wimpy creatures and any good horse, healthy and in good condition, should be able to go the distance in stride.
While researching ways to attract new members and serve the current membership better, SEDRA received a proposal from members that we consider adding a "mini-miler" division. ECTRA has a similar program in place that has been very successful. The increase in participants is helping support the longer distances, and has brought in some new members. They’ve been very pleased with the program, and after a couple of years it seems to be helping their organization grow.
We've chosen to call our program Introductory Distance Rides/Drives, and adapted our proposal to suit our environment.
The purpose of the IDR/D division within SEDRA’s awards program is to introduce distance riding/driving to those who would like to sample the sport and for those experienced riders and /or horses no longer able to complete a longer course. IDR/D events will count ONLY towards Lifetime mileage for horse and riders and no other SEDRA awards.
The general idea of IDDs and IDRs is that they are a shorter version of the MO (Mileage Only) program that is already in place. We have approved a test year for the 2013-2014 ride season to see if it will help us grow and benefit the current membership.
The Sport of Long Distance Trail Riding depends on many volunteers, all Ride Managers can use you! What a great opportunity to get involved in a sport where you can breathe fresh air, learn the aspects of distance riding, earn volunteer awards all at the same time!