Department updates in Main Para Dressage

  • 3 Aug 2020
    Tokyo 2020 Paralympic Games Competition Schedule for 2021 Confirmed

    The Tokyo Organising Committee of the Olympic and Paralympic Games (TOCOG) has confirmed the Paralympic Games Competition Schedule for 2021. For Para Dressage, the competition dates have been moved forward by one day so as to mirror the 2020 daily schedule. The Para Dressage events which were due to start on Thursday 27 August 2020 and finish on Saturday 29 August 2020 will now run from Thursday 26 August 2021 to Monday 30 August 2021. There are also some minor modifications to the starting times.


    The Tokyo 2020 Paralympic equestrian timetable for 2021 can be viewed here on the FEI’s Paralympic hub.

  • 20 May 2020
    Tokyo 2020 Paralympic Qualification Systems

    The IPC has confirmed that all National Paralympic Committees (NPCs) that have been allocated a quota place (team or individual) will retain that quota place for the rescheduled Tokyo Paralympic Games (24 August to 5 September 2021).

    Taking the postponement of the Games into consideration and the fact that a 1 January 2018 start date for the qualification period would mean the window for qualification would be more than three years (longer than we normally have for Games and FEI Championships), the following modifications are proposed to the Athletes Eligibility section:


    • Revising the revised start date to 1 January 2019 and extending the deadline to 5 July 2021 to ensure that all Nations get sufficient chances to achieve the MERs and that all Nations have access to Events despite the current issues due to Covid 19.


    The Tokyo 2020 Paralympic Games Qualification system is available on the FEI website here and the IPC has also published the qualification system here.


    We are awaiting IOC and IPC approval for the Olympic and Paralympic Regulations and these will then be submitted to the FEI Board for final approval at its meeting next month (23-25 June). National Federations will be notified immediately afterwards and the Olympic and Paralympic Regulations will also be published on the FEI website.

  • 4 Jun 2019
    Para Equestrian Forum 2019 - Lamotte Beuvron (FRA) recap

    Over 70 participants representing 23 National Federations attended the FEI Para Equestrian Forum 2019 in Lamotte-Beuvron (FRA) from 25-26 May, where a number of key topics were presented, discussed and debated. 
    The Forum, which was hosted by the Fédération Francaise d’Equitation (FFE), was opened by their Secretary General Frédéric Bouix followed by Paralympic athlete Rodolpho Riskalla from Brazil, setting the scene and tone for productive discussions and meetings throughout the weekend. 

    Moderated by FEI Para Equestrian Committee Chair Amanda Bond, some of the key topics explored during the Forum were: Classification and the FEI’s Classification Research Project; Tokyo 2020 preparations and climate mitigation; Athlete Welfare and Safeguarding; Coaching from grass roots to International level; Compensating Aids; Para Driving; and an update on FEI Education for Officials. Interactive workshops on the FEI Competition structure, the development of the sport at all levels, in new nations and specifically for the youth demographic were also held.

    For more information about the forum please click here.

  • 5 Jun 2018
    Para-Equestrian Technical Committee appoints Judge General
    The Para-Equestrian Technical Committee are pleased to announce that Marco Orsini (GER) has been appointed as Para-Equestrian Dressage Judge General. This position is new to Para-Equestrian Dressage, and has been introduced following success in able-bodied Dressage for several years. 
    Marco Orsini, a highly respected 5* Judge, has officiated at the top level of the sport including the 2016 Paralympic Games in Rio de Janeiro (BRA), the FEI World Equestrian Games™ 2014 in Caen (FRA), and at the three latest FEI European Championships - 2017 in Goteborg (SWE), in 2015 in Deauville (FRA) and in 2013 in Herning (DEN).
    The Para-Equestrian Dressage Judge General's main responsibilities will be to ensure consistancy and accuracy of Judging across all levels of Para-Equestrian Dressage, and to lead discussions on Judging and communication between the Judges and the FEI Headquarters and Course Directors.
  • 6 Apr 2018
    IPC Standing Committees – Call for Candidacies

    The International Paralympic Committee (IPC) have opened the process for candidatures to apply for positions on various standing committees. The appointments which are open to candidates are:

    • Audit and Finance Committee         (One (1) member and one (1) member being a Paralympic athlete*)
    • Classification Committee                (One (1) member being a Paralympic athlete)
    • Education Committee                    (Two (2) members and one (1) member being a Paralympic athlete*)
    • Medical Committee                       (One (1) member and one (1) member being a Paralympic athlete*)

    In addition, the IPC Governing Board is also launching a call for candidates for the IPC Anti-Doping Committee (eight members, one member being a Paralympic athlete, including the position of Chairperson).

    *Note: Athletes suggested for the Paralympic athlete positions have to meet the “eight-year criteria”, which means that he/she should not have retired from sport on a Paralympic Games level for longer than eight years.

    Please find at the following link the Call for Candidates from the IPC and the IPC Diversity and Inclusion Policy. For more information, and for the application form please contact Chloe Harty. The deadline for candidates to apply is 27 April 2018.

  • 31 Jan 2018
    Vision Impairment (VI) Classification Opportunity in 2018

    In preparation for a Vision Impairment (VI) Classification opportunity in 2018, please let us know of any athletes with either new or review status who will require a VI Classification in 2018. The location and date of this classification event are not yet confirmed and will be dependent on the athletes requiring classification.                                                               

    Please forward this to the person in charge of Para-Equestrian in your Federation.

    Questions can be addressed to Chloe Harty.


  • 31 Jan 2018
    FEI Classification Management - Reminder!

    Hereafter you can find the process to make a FEI Classification request that has not changed since its implementation in January 2017. Please forward this to the person in charge of Para-Equestrian in your Federation.

    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 FEI Classification Request Form, completed legibly and in English;
    • FEI Consent for Classification Form completed in full and signed by the athlete;
    • FEI Certificate of Diagnosis completed in full and signed by the athlete and by a medical doctor. Any additional medical documentation that demonstrates the athlete’s impairment should be included.  All documentation provided must be in English and forms must be signed by all concerned parties.

    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)

    • If a fixed review date is listed on the Master List, athletes should be reviewed at a competition as close as practicable to the date listed;
    • If no fixed review date, the athlete should be reviewed at the next opportunity;
    • In both of the above, the NF should ensure the organiser of the competition is aware the athlete needs review. The chief classifier for the competition will schedule a time for the athlete to be reviewed;
    • The athlete and the NF do not need to contact the FEI or submit any documentation prior to the review. In some instances and only if required, the chief classifier may request further medical documentation from the athlete to assist in allocating a grade after the review.

    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.

    • A medical review request is to be submitted if: An athlete’s relevant impairment or activity limitation has become less severe, either through medical intervention or other means. Examples of such interventions include, but are not limited to: botox injections to reduce hypertonia or to increase the active range of movement, tendon releases, joint fixations to assist posture/stability, or corrective eye surgery; or if an athlete’s impairment is progressive and has deteriorated to an extent that the athlete most likely does not fit his/ her current grade (sport class) anymore.

    Making a Medical Review Request   

    The medical review request must be made by the athlete’s NF and include:

    • this medical review request form, completed legibly and in English;
    • attached medical documentation that demonstrates that the athlete’s impairment changed after the last athlete evaluation the athlete attended; and the medical review request must be received by the FEI at least 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.

    All necessary information and relevant forms can be found published here and all request must be sent to the FEI HQ.

  • 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.

  • 31 May 2017
    Para Equestrian Forum

    More than 70 delegates from 24 countries gathered in Stow on the World for the second edition of the Para Equestrian Forum following the success met in Essen (GER) in 2015. The Forum, organised by the FEI and hosted by British Dressage, was held immediately after the two-day FEI Classifier meeting which united 18 classifiers from around the world, and was then followed by the FEI Para-Equestrian Committee Meeting.  Over the two-day Forum - led by the Para Equestrian Technical Committee - presentations, discussions and working groups covered the following topics:

    • Development of the sport (statistics and development pathways)
    • Competition formats and the use of music in team tests
    • Coaching
    • Classification
    • Facilities/arrangements for FEI World Equestrian Games™ 2018
    • Rio2016

    There was also a demonstration of the new tests for Grades I to V with interactive feedback and scoring from the judges to each of the riders and delegates on site.

    For more information/presentations, please click here.

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