What is Para Dressage?
Para Dressage is a FEI disciple for people with physical and sight disabilities, and international competitions that are run by the FEI include the Olympic Games and Equestrian World Games. Deaf people decided to compete internationally in able-bodied competition. People with learning and intellectual disabilities may compete in Dressage for Special Needs, which has its own rules and governing body.
Para-Equestrian Dressage is the only Equestrian discipline that is included in the Paralympic Games, where it has been a regular fixture since 1996. With the idea of creating opportunities for all people with impairments to compete and achieve their goals in equestrian sport, athletes are classified according to the level of their impairment so as to provide for meaningful competition. In 2006, the Para-Equestrian sport joined the ranks of the other 7 disciplines regulated by the FEI, with national and international competitions for Dressage and Driving for individuals with an impairment. The FEI was one of the first International Federations to govern and regulate a sport for both able-bodied and athletes with impairments.
Competition Venue and Testing
All rules and regulations with regards to competition venues and testing are governed by the same principles as other disciplines. The General Regulations, Statutes and Discipline rules that are available on the FEI website apply. The formula for the shows is the same as for standard Dressage shows with Freestyle tests and also tests where the athletes follow a set programme.
A dedicated page is available for FEI Classification details and documentation. Please click here.
Competitors must wear the appropriate equipment as stipulated in the classification manual, and are only permitted the use of special equipment when this has been formally documented and approved. Please click here.
Para-Equestrian Dressage has been a regular fixture at the Paralympic Games since 1996. The Paralympic Games are the second largest sporting event in the world after the Olympic Games, and are contested immediately after the Olympic Games in the same city and at the same venue.