Whether winning, completing or almost-but-not-quite making it, distance trail riding events should be a fun and rewarding experience for horse and rider. It provides the joy of many miles on the trail and knowing that rider and horse as a team are fit to do more than they thought possible.
Let's Get Started!

We encourage you to join SEDRA, get all the up to date information on trail news, horse health issues, training rides, tack information, etc. right here on on the South Eastern Distance Riders Association website! If you are looking for a club to that shares your same interests, not only in riding long distances, recreational or competitive, but learning all aspects of the sport, sharing knowledge while making new and maintaining friendships, this is what SEDRA has to offer!

There are several ways to get started with distance riding:

Volunteer at one of our sanctioned rides! What a great opportunity to get involved in a sport where you can breathe fresh air, learn the aspects of distance riding and earn volunteer awards all at the same time!

You can also interact with other distance riders on our SEDRA Yahoo Chat Group or Facebook Page and Distance Riding Group!

Attend one of our Rookie Clinics.  At the clinic, you will learn about:

  • Preparing you and your horse for distance riding, including conditioning and much more
  • Equipping you and your horse for success
  • What happens at during the ride, including vetting

In addition, the event includes a mock ride / IDR so that you and your horse can experience a small-scale distance ride.

Take advantage of these benefits!

  • Sanctioned Competitive Trail, Driving and Endurance Rides
  • Introductory Distance Fun Rides and Clinics
  • Junior, Rookie, Light, Middle, Heavyweight, Introductory Distance, Driving and Mileage Only Divisions
  • Published Set of Competitive Trail Riding Rules
  • Lifetime Mileage Accrual for Horses
  • Lifetime Mileage Accrual for Riders
  • Annual Membership Directory
  • Annual Educational Seminar
  • Annual Awards Banquet
  • Annual Membership Meetings/Elections
  • Year-End High Point and Special Awards that include all Distance Disciplines
  • Annual Mileage Accrual Awards
  • Annual SEDRA Hall of Fame Awards
  • Volunteer Program
  • Informative Website with distance riding calendar, articles, membership perks and more!

News & Events

Get the latest SEDRA news and events!

What You Need to Know About Cooling Out Horses

Most horse owners are pretty comfortable with the basics of cooling off their horses. But what does it really mean, physiologically speaking, to say that your horse is “cooled out”?
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April/May 2019 Newsletter

I love this time of year. The weather is just about perfect every day making it entirely too hard to drive to work when I would much rather drive to the closest trail with my pony. Since I haven’t won the lotto, to work I go.
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March 2019 Newsletter

Happy St Patrick’s Day! We are certainly “green” around here with all the rain sprouting up grass and new leaves and shoots on the trees that are dropping LOTS of pollen. Ahh-Chooo!
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February 2019 Newsletter

February is a good month to look at how your ride plans are coming along and what needs to be tweaked if anything. For me, so far – so good other than a little set back in November, which Indy has fully recovered from. Indy’s downtime gave Wineglass Ripple the opportunity to amp up his...
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Equine Conditioning Principles

As with a human athlete, the success of a fitness and conditioning program for your horse is based on the horse's body's adaptive response to the stress of exercise.
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From our riders!

  • WATER….WATER…WATER!! Invest in a good water bottle holder. Take water with you at all times when riding, drink whenever your horse drinks and more often …

    Take a bandana with you when you ride. Tie it around your neck. If you get too hot – pour some water on it and tie it back around your neck… it will help you cool off!

    Those holes in your helmet make a great place to pour water in!

  • You do not need to trot, trot, trot. The canter is a perfectly acceptable gait and for some horses, it’s easier on them than trotting.

  • Nylon Panty hose have worked wonders for me. No more rubs!! (Under your jeans, ole man). TRY IT… no one will know but you!

  • Heart Rate Monitor – Don’t put off this important purchase. I debated for several years and now wish I had when I was first learning the sport. It is a wonderful safety aid that can help keep you from harming your horse.

  • Take care of yourself so you can take care of your mount.
    Wear the clothes for the job.
    Keep hydrated before the fact.
    Keep the circulation going.
    Keep fit.
    Take care of yourself and above all – watch for the Trail Markers!

    Painless Rider
  • Stop and help someone if they need it. Your turn needing assistance is just around the corner.

    I got your back!
  • Make sure your horse is ok with the sponge on a string BEFORE you get to the ride.

  • On long rides, crotch chafing can cause that first visit to the outhouse to be a stoic affair. Coat the area with Vaseline KY Jelly or whatever. Take a jar or tube with you to the ride. Use Body Glide for places that rub–both horse and rider. Pomade (hair wax) also works well.

  • Sponges are very cheap at Home Depot or Lowes…big ones (found .in the flooring and tile department). They hold a lot of water. Some have a slightly abrasive side which is helpful in getting the mud off your horse’s legs and belly! Always keep one on your saddle… never take if off except to use it!

  • Be kind to yourself, your horse, and others and have a good time. That is all that matters in the big picture.

  • My electrolyte recipe that I have used for 20 years:
    1 part salt +1 part lite salt + 1/2 part dolomite
    mix with yogurt, baby carrots, or applesauce and water
    1 dose is one film canister. Mix and use large syringe to administer.

  • Ask questions. Everyone is very polite and informative. All are happy to share regardless of how ridiculous the question.

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