Equestrian is a fun sport for all which can not only be done competitively, but can also be done as a recreational activity or as an activity which improves physical and mental health.

Competitively, Equestrian first appeared in the 1996 Paralympics in Atlanta, but since then it has grown in popularity with national and international competitions. Outside of the competitive environment though, individuals can also participate within Equestrian at a recreational level at specialist local horse riding stables. Similarly, if recommended by a health professional, individuals can also use horse riding as part of a therapy regime and / or to develop their physical and mental health.

Equestrian Events

Within Equestrian, individuals can participate in three types of events.

  1. Dressage, which is where the rider and their horse performs a predetermine set of movements,
  2. Freestyle, which is where the rider and their horse performs a routine to music,
  3.  The team event, where different riders team together with their horses to score points for their team.

Eligible Impairment Types

Whilst recreational sailing can include anyone regardless of disability, individuals with physical impairments are only allowed to participate in competitive sailing.

Classification Classes including Cerebral Palsy athletes

Within Equestrian, there is no single set of classifications for individuals with Cerebral Palsy. However, the classification system is designed to classify students fairly according to what they can and can’t do functionally, and how this affects their Equestrian skills. The classification is based around 5 categories (Grade 1 to 5), with each ‘Grade’ being for individuals with different levels of difficulty and impairment.


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