MnDRA Distance Riding Clinic & Mock Ride


 So it's official - the clinic will be rescheduled. We are waiting to see what the trajectory of Covid-19 will be and when large gatherings will be allowed again! We will hold everyone's checks / payments until we get a new date. I know this is a resilient group, be safe and use this time to ride your horses - they are some of the best medicine around! - Peggy

2020 Intro to Distance Riding Clinic

Saturday, April 18 at 9:00 AM - 5:00 PM POSTPONED 

Peggy Pasillas Indoor Arena

9928 Rich Valley Blvd.,

Inver Grove Heights, MN 55077


Are you considering distance riding or driving but aren’t sure? This is the clinic to learn all about the sport.  Whether you have never been to a ride and want to learn the basics or you’re ready to step up into longer distances, we have information for all experiences. 


Cost (per person)

$20 in advance or $25 at the door.

Juniors 16 & Under are Free. 

MnDRA members are $10 in advance.  $15 at the door.

Lunch and beverages are included.



Introduction to Distance Riding 9:00 AM to 10:30 AM 

Breakout Session 1 (Pick One) 10:30 AM to 11:00 AM

A. Ride your own ride—Competing with a non-Arabian horse

B. How to take your horse’s pulse and respiration

C. Introduction to competitive driving

D. Saddle fit

Vet checks—What to Expect 11:10 AM to 12:40 PM

· Discussion & Demo:  Pre and post ride vet check

· Demo:  Navigating from the timer to the vet

· Demo: Trot-out patterns based on event type.

Lunch 12:40 PM to 1:10 PM

Breakout Session 2 (Pick One) 1:10 PM to 1:40 PM

A. Ride your own ride—Competing with a non-Arabian horse

B. How to take your horse’s pulse and respiration

C. Introduction to competitive driving

D. Introduction to equine bodywork for your horse.

Staying Balanced—Discussion & Demo - 1:40 PM to 2:10 PM

Endurance Horse’s Emotional & Nutrition Needs - 2:10 PM to 2:40 PM

Electrolytes 101 - 2:40 PM to 3:10 PM

Handling the Holds - 3:10 PM to 3:40 PM

Breakout Session 3 (Pick One) 3:40 PM to 4:10 PM

A. Conditioning for novice rides from a novice’s perspective.

B. How to take your horse’s pulse and respiration

C. Leg wraps and poultice use after a ride

D. Trot outs—hands-on practice (no horse required)

The Other Half of the Team:  Taking care of the Rider! - 4:10 PM to 4:40 PM

Post Ride Horse Care and  Identifying the “NQR”- 4:40 PM to 5:00 PM


Door Prizes & More!!

We always have door prizes to give out!  PLUS!  All first time clinic attendees will receive a complimentary first year UMECRA membership valued at $25.


Note:  The arena is unheated.  Please dress appropriately.  Although some seating is provided, it is recommended that you bring a folding chair and if it's chilly, bring a lap blanket.


For more information, visit our Facebook Event Page 2020 MN Distance Riding Clinic or contact Peggy

2020 Mock Ride 

Friday to Saturday, April 24 & 25, 2020

Crow-Hassan Park Reserve (Riverbend Group Camp)

3 Rivers Park District Rogers, MN


Experience the excitement and joy of distance riding. Riders of all ages and horses of all breeds are welcome. GET READY for a summer full of adventures! Supported by MnDRA, UMECRA and AERC.


Camping at the Riverbend Group Camp with access at the north end of the park will be open Friday April 24th at 3pm. Rides are scheduled for Saturday April 25th.  Come and camp on Friday – Saturday afternoon and still have time for the MN Horse Expo on Sunday.  We will have a fire with lots of time for any questions on Friday night.  


Bring your own feed and hay. Water will be available at the camp. Potluck after Novice ride on Saturday around 12:30! Dishes and flatware will be provided. Bring your own beverage and a dish to share.


Camping is $15/night.  No hook-ups – open camping sites. Limited high ties. Pens allowed.


All riders must have attended one of our clinics and have a copy of a current coggins to leave with ride management.


Helmets are strongly encouraged for all riders but helmets are required for Junior riders (17& under). Juniors must ride with an adult. 


9 mile Novice Ride   Time: 10am-12pm
Sr 18+ $25 - Jr $10
Will follow UMECRA Competitive Ride rules
9 mile Intro Ride        Time: 2pm-4pm
Sr 18+ $25 - Jr $10
Will follow AERC Intro Ride rules



$6 trail pass required unless rider has an annual Three Rivers Park pass


Reservations with Pre-Payment are required and can be made at the ride clinic (4/18/20)


Ride Questions?? 
Contact KarrieTracy,  or Kasie

Phone numbers are on the flyer.


Ride Photos from Mosquito Run which is held at Crow Hassen:

2018 Facebook Album - Saturday

2018 Facebook Album - Sunday

2017 Facebook Album - Saturday

2017 Facebook Album - Sunday

2016 Mock Ride Facebook Album (note:  this was held at a different location)


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