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Great Britain and dynamic Danes share honours as Para Dressage draws to a close

23 Aug 2017

By Luke Norman  For the second day running Denmark went head-to-head with Para-Equestrian Dressage powerhouse Great Britain as the two nations dominated a compelling final day of Freestyle to Music action in Gothenburg’s Heden Arena at the Longines...

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Great Britain in debt to debutante as extraordinary golden run continues

22 Aug 2017

By Luke Norman After a day of drama, intrigue and nail-biting tension, Great Britain squeezed through to retain their FEI Para-Equestrian Dressage European Championships team title by the slimmest of margins, relying on a magical final ride from...

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17 Nov 2017
2018 FEI Calendar of Classification opportunities for Para-Equestrian Athletes

Please be advised of the following:

-        2018 FEI Calendar of Classification opportunities for Para-Equestrian Athletes

As previously announced in the 2018 FEI Para-Dressage proposed rules - subjected to be approved at the FEI General Assembly - the 2018 FEI Calendar of Classification opportunities can be found on

We would like to draw your attention to the fact that if any CPEDI has been added to the FEI Calendar during the year, the following article 8438 applies:

Article 8438 - Classifiers         

1.       Classification will be offered at the discretion of the OC/NF and must be announced as soon as the event is added into the Calendar of FEI Events (deadlines: refer to calendar rules). Each NF hosting an International Competition must nominate at least one International Event where Classification will be offered.

2.       Classification, for nominated International Competitions where Classification takes place, is carried out in line with the IPC Classification Code by a Classification Panel of two (2) FEI PE Classifiers with at least one (1) classifier being from a different NF to the Athlete. For all CPEDI3* and above, two (2) FEI PE Classifiers must be present, and one (1) classifier must be from a foreign NF. The Classifiers must remain until the first appearance is completed of all Classified Athletes.

In terms of organisation, if you have athletes that need to be observed at their next appearance in competition, this means that they have to be observed by FEI Classifiers during an FEI Event where FEI Classification is offered and will not be able to compete until this is completed.


4 Sep 2017
FEI Secretary General elected President of new Paralympic Organisation

Sabrina Ibáñez (SUI), Secretary General of the Fédération Equestre Internationale (FEI), has been elected as President of the newly-founded Association of Paralympic Sports Organisations (APSO). The vote took place at the founding General Assembly of the Association in Abu Dhabi (UAE) today.

The FEI Secretary General was standing for election alongside Maureen Orchard (CAN), former President and now Secretary General of the International Wheelchair Basketball Federation (IWBF), with four votes in favour of Mrs Orchard and 12 votes for Mrs Ibáñez.

Mrs Orchard, who has chaired the working group that was formed following the decision to dissolve the IPC Sports Council at the 2015 IPC General Assembly in Mexico City in order to establish the independent body, was elected to the APSO Board of Directors. Also elected as Board Members were Henk Van Aller, Secretary General of the International Blind Sports Association (IBSA), Tom Dielen, Secretary General of World Archery, and Colin Grahamslaw, Secretary General of the World Curling Federation (WCF).

“I am truly honoured to have been elected as President of the new Association of Para Sports Organisations, which has such an important role to play”, the newly-elected APSO President Sabrina Ibáñez said today. “It is our function as governing bodies to safeguard the rights of our Para-athletes and I am fully committed to guaranteeing a sound governance framework that will protect these athletes and encourage the future growth of Paralympic sport worldwide.”

“I am also delighted with the election of my Board members and am particularly thrilled to have another woman on the board in Maureen Orchard, who has such a wealth of experience and whose role as chair of the working group has led to the creation today of this important organisation.”

A total of 17 International Federations and other sports organisations which govern Para sport independently, not through the International Paralympic Committee, are now members of APSO:

Badminton World Federation (BWF);

Boccia International Sports Federation (BISFED);

Fédération Equestre Internationale (FEI);

International Blind Sports Association (IBSA) for Football 5-a-side, Goalball and Judo;

International Canoe Federation* (ICF);

International Cycling Union (UCI);

International Rowing Federation (FISA);

International Table Tennis Federation (ITTF);

International Tennis Federation (ITF) for Wheelchair Tennis;

International Triathlon Union (ITU);

International Wheelchair and Amputee Sport Federation (IWAS) for Wheelchair Fencing;

International Wheelchair Basketball Federation (IWBF);

International Wheelchair Rugby Federation (IWRF);

World Archery (WA);

World Curling Federation (WCF) for Wheelchair Curling;

World ParaVolley (WPV) for Sitting Volleyball;

World Taekwondo (WT).

*The ICF representative was unable to attend today’s meeting.

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