Para-Equestrian Dressage is the only Equestrian discipline that is included in the Paralympic Games, where it has been a regular fixture since 1996. The mobility, strength and coordination of competitors are assessed and athletes with similar functional ability profiles are grouped into competition grades that range from Grade 1a for the most severely impaired to Grade IV for the least impaired. This means that the competition within each Grade can be judged on the skill of the individual competitors on their horses, regardless of their disabilities.
The leading Para-Equestrian Dressage team is without a doubt team GB as they have successfully won gold at every Paralympic Games since 1996, as well as numerous individual titles. Nevertheless, there are new countries and athletes challenging their reign so nothing is set in stone for the 2016 Paralympic Games in Rio.
Should you wish to know more about the Paralympic Movement, please visit their official website:
More details on Equestrian competitions at Rio 2016 can be found on the button below.
FEI President Ingmar De Vos opened the FEI General Assembly in the Japanese capital Tokyo today, delivering the keynote address to almost 300 delegates and focusing on the unique qualities of equestrian sport. “We all agree that we have the greatest...