Para-equestrian dressage is the equestrian competition that features in the Paralympic Games. In 2010 it was featured in the World Equestrian Games format for the first time and the discipline now runs in a four-year cycle of Championships with European Championships in the years between the World Championships and the Paralympic Games.
Great Britain’s para-dressage team has unrivalled success at the major championships and is unbeaten at every Paralympic Games since the sport began.
Find out more about the team’s success here.
The Classification System is designed to enable disabled riders to compete on equal terms against each other.
Athletes are classified according to their disability across five grades, which determine the complexity of the movements that riders perform with their horses. Grade I is for athletes whose impairment has the greatest impact on their ability to ride, through to Grade V for athletes whose impairment has the least impact on their ability to ride.
To start competing in Para-Equestrian competitions, you will need to be classified (see overview below) to determine which grade you can compete in. In order to be classified, riders must be medically diagnosed as having a permanent, physical impairment that can be measured objectively by a Physiotherapist or medical doctor trained in the classification system.
For more information on the classification process, download the documents below.
National Level Para-Equestrian Classifier courses
The BEF runs a two-day course to provide participants with the skills to become a National Level Para-Equestrian Classifier.
A qualified, National Para-Equestrian Classifier is eligible to work as a member of a classification team to allocate an Athlete’s Sport Class and Sport Class Status at nationally sanctioned events.
To find out more about becoming a classifier and for details on the upcoming course in February 2019, download the information document below. To apply to be on the course, please fill out the form that is also located below.
BEF Para-Equestrian Entry Programme
Funded by Sport England, the BEF runs a training initiative for young riders looking to make their first steps towards competing in British Dressage Para-Equestrian competition and onto the talent pathway.
Find out more here.
Intro Para-Equestrian Competitions
A series of intro para-equestrian competitions have been set up to 'bridge the gap' between Riding for the Disabled Association dressage competitions and affiliated British Dressage competitions.
For more on the competition structure, eligilibility and details on the next show, click here.