“Horses were driven long before they were ridden. As vehicles have eliminated the need for horses as a primary form of transportation, Driving has turned into a fast-growing sports discipline”
What is Para Driving?
Para Driving consists of drivers sitting on a vehicle drawn by a single horse or pony while facing three trials – dressage, marathon and obstacle driving. Since 2006 Para Driving has fully joined the ranks of the other 7 FEI disciplines with national and international competitions in Driving for individuals with a disability. A Para Driver is classified into one of two grades according to his or her functional ability to ensure a level playing field.
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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 this site apply. The formula for the shows is the same as for standard Driving with Dressage, Marathon, Cones/Obstacles phases.
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.
FEI World & Continental Championships
Making a FEI Non-Standard Compensating Aids Request
According to Article 8428.9 PED Rules athletes can apply through their NF requesting non-standard compensating aids for FEI Para-Equestrian Dressage competitions.
The request must be made by the Athlete’s NF and include:
Requests must be submitted to the FEI in writing with supporting material at least two (2) weeks before the day of the horse inspection for the event to which it will apply. The FEI will forward the request to the Compensating Aids Panel for further decision. The NF will be informed in writing by the FEI of the final decision and if the request has not been approved the reason.
1. New Athletes requiring FEI Classification for the first time - must apply through their NF to the FEI by completing the FEI Classification Request Form
The Classification request must be made by the Athlete’s NF and include:
The Classification request must be received by the FEI at least six (6) weeks before the next international competition where the athlete intends to compete.
The Organising Committee for the international competition where the athlete will be evaluated will charge a non-refundable fee of 40 EUR or equivalent at the time of entry.
2. Athletes who are FEI Classified and listed on the FEI Classification Master List with a status of Review (R)
3. Athletes listed on the FEI Classification Master List with a status of Confirmed or Review with a fixed review date requesting a Review because their impairment and activity limitations are no longer consistent with their current Grade must apply through their NF to the FEI by completing a Medical Review Request form.
Making a Medical Review Request
The medical review request must be made by the Athlete’s NF and include: