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Start Ready, Finish Proud


A message from Kathleen Pillo President of EDRA,

Hello and Welcome to the Equine Distance Riding Association! My name is Kathleen Pillo and I am thrilled to have the opportunity to serve you as President of EDRA for the next two seasons.

As we move into 2022, EDRA leadership remains focused on staying true to our mission statement by promoting safe, competitive equine distance riding events and experiences. In EDRA we are invested in our members’ success. When members are successful, we have more competitive events, we have healthier horses, and we have more fun. For our youth riders these events plant seeds of resilience, hard work, and positive experience. Things they will draw from later in life when they experience disappointment or hard times.

 In our most recent BOD meeting I asked our team of highly capable, motivated volunteers to consider the question; “What makes an experience gratifying to you?”

I would encourage all our members and future members to think about this question and even send me your thoughts if you are willing.

For me, the most gratifying experiences I have had in distance riding are when I can see the fruits of my labor pay off.

                -That first completion for a horse new to the sport.

                -Seeing my 9 year old daughter complete her first race on a horse I trained.

                -Completing Tevis on my first try with a horse I found, trained, and conditioned with the goal of developing her as a 100 mile horse. I took advantage of having an experienced EDRA mentor who wanted me to have success and helped me achieve this goal.

I have noticed that the things that are gratifying to me are things that were HARD. This sport takes hard work. In a world that tries to attract people to spend money and time on things by making them easy, EDRA is here to help you to inspire you – to participate in something hard.

What EDRA will make easy is access to mentors, education, and welcoming / inclusive distancing riding events.

I look forward to a successful 2022.


Kathleen Pillo

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March 24th – 26th Conference – Kittitas Fairgriounds
May 6th 2023 Don’t Fence Me In – Odessa WA
June 10th 2023 Trout Lake 100 – Trout Lake WA
July 8th 2023 Teanaway Ride – Teanaway WA
July 29th 2023 Sand Canyon – Chewelah WA
August 19th 2023 Selkirk – Mt Spokane WA
Sept 2nd 2023 Big Sky Memorial – Libby MT
Sept 23rd 2023 Ride The Loup – Okanogan WA
Oct 28th 2023 Scottsdale reMarkable 100 – AZ

*Due to unforeseen weather/events this calendar may be adjusted during the course of the year. Rides may be canceled, moved or added to the schedule. Notice to riders will take place as soon as possible in the event of a schedule change.

Most rides will include a clinic on Friday prior to the ride day. Topics and teachers will be announced as they are developed.

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