There are plenty of opportunities for disabled riders to try dressage. Para equestrian dressage has been growing steadily for the last 25 years and ranges from grassroots to Olympic level, giving people with mild to severe disabilities the opportunity to train and to compete on equal terms. As a para dressage rider, you compete at a certain grade, based on your level of impairment, or against able-bodied riders if you choose.
Regional and national level training is available, along with bursaries to help those living in more remote areas. Further support for para dressage riders is on offer through British Dressage’s close links with the Riding for the Disabled Association and the Para Dressage Training Trust. The latter owns horses which are loaned to up-and-coming riders.
It is this level of commitment and support to our para equestrian dressage riders that has led to their unprecedented success - Great Britain has won team gold at every Olympic, World and European Championship since the sport began, as well as racking up impressive individual medal tallies.
Our para equestrian dressage team continues to go from strength to strength, having dominated at the 2008 Paralympic Games in Beijing, bringing home ten medals: four individual gold, five individual silver and team gold, making it Britain's most successful games ever. In 2009, they won another nine medals at the European Championships in Kristiansand, Norway.
Para Dressage Training Trust: pdtt.org
British Dressage Suporters Club: bdsc.uk.com
British Dressage: britishdressage.co.uk
British Dressage - Team GBR - equestrianteamgbr.co.uk
British Equestrian Federation - bef.co.uk
In Memory of Jane Goldsmith 1941 – 2012 - britishdressage.co.uk