Happy (and lovely) Sara, owned by Kathy Macki.

Welcome to the Great Lakes Distance Riding Association (GLDRA)!!     

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The banquet is near, the banquet is near!!!

Check out our Annual Banquet page

for all the information

on the combined

AHDRA/GLDRA/UMECRA

2015 banquet

January 16-18, in Clare, MI!!!!


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The Great Lakes Distance Riding Association (GLDRA) is a distance riding organization that encourages trail rides in the State of Michigan. The distance rides in Michigan are sanctioned by the Upper Midwe
st Endurance and Competitive Ride Association (UMECRA).

Most of our endurance rides are 50 miles in length although there are a number of 100 mile in one day rides, one two-day 150 mile ride and one 3-day 150 miler. There are also limited distance endurance rides of 25-35 miles. All our endurance and limited distance rides are also sanctioned by American Endurance Ride Conference (AERC).


Competitive trail rides are ridden within a set time period at speeds of 5 1/2 to 7 miles per hour. The goal is to come in as close to the time given for the ride as you can.  Most are 25-30 miles in length although there are some three-day 100 milers and others of varying lengths. Horses are scored by veterinarians on such factors as pulse, respiration, soundness, fatigue and attitude. Horsemanship is not judged. 

Most of our rides are on state or county trails although some traverse private lands. Road riding is kept to a minimum.

Cost of membership is $20.00 for an individual;  $30 for family, and $10 for a junior. There is also a life time membership for $200. Membership fees include a Newsletter (published here quarterly) and ride booklet containing rules and a flyer for each ride (available each Spring).

                                                   The fabulous Dr. Rae doing her thing!!