Minnesota Distance Riders Association

A smile with every  mile....

Minnesota Distance Riders Association (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. 


Endurance rides are a test of horse condition and stamina, rider intelligence and horsemanship and the team effort of both over a cross-country course while under veterinary supervision. The horse completing the trail in the shortest time in an acceptable condition wins.

Competitive rides are usually shorter in distance and are ridden in a set maximum and minimum time period. Under veterinary supervision, the winner is the horse completing the course within the allotted time in the best condition. Certain rides also offer competitive drives for single or pairs carriage drivers; these follow the same rules as competitive rides with a few minor differences.

Limited Distance rides are between 25 and 35 miles. Also under veterinary supervision, the winner is the horse completing the course and pulsing down to a predetermined pulse criteria first.


MnDRA sanctions rides located in beautiful state and county parks and on private lands in Minnesota and surrounding states.  Check out the ride schedule and join us at an upcoming event.  Spectators and volunteers are always welcome.

2019 MnDRA Events & Ride  Schedule 

For detailed information and ride flyers, click here


Ride Date Location
Distance Riding Clinic 04/20/19 Inver Grove Heights, MN
MnDRA1 5/04-5/05 Hinckley, MN
Mock Ride Clinic 05/10 Rogers, MN
Border Battle Boogie 5/18-5/19 Cushing, WI
Maplewood West 6/01-6/02 Pelican Rapids, MN
SE Minnesota 6/15-6/16 Forestville, MN
Mosquito Run 7/13-7/14 Rogers, MN
Northern Lightz Run 7/27-7/28 Twin Valley, MN
Run for the Cactus 8/17-8/18 Granite Falls, MN
Charity Cup 9/07-9/08 Pillager, MN
Run for the Ridge 9/21-9/22 Granite Falls, MN
Point Chaser 10/18-10/19 Thielman, MN

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