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What is Para-Equestrian?
In 2006 the FEI, in agreement with the International Paralympic Committee, added Equestrian competition for Riders with a Disability. Now known as Para-Equestrian, it is the 8th Discipline of the FEI.
Para Equestrian in Australia now comes under the banner of Dressage, and from 2012 will be known as Para Dressage, with it's own chapter in the National Sport Rules for Dressage.
New National Tests have been developed for use at PE and Dressage competitions from 2012.
FEI Dressage Tests 2010
Five Grades of Competition are offered. Each Grade reflects the rider’s physical ability:
Grade 1a - Walk Only Tests
Grade 1b - Walk and Trot
Grade II - Walk and Trot but Canter allowed in Freestyle
Grade III - Walk, Trot and Canter and may show lateral work in Freestyle
Grade IV - Walk, Trot, Canter, Canter Half-Pirouettes, 3 and 4 sequence changes and lateral work.
Major Competitions involve a Team Test, Championship Test and Freestyle for all Grades. These are scheduled over 3 days. There is now one Novice test that could be used at smaller competitions.
All FEI Para-Equestrian Tests can be accessed from the FEI website.
Currently Grade IV is the only Grade riding in the 60 x 20 metre arena. Grades I, II and III compete in a 40 x 20 metre arena.
FEI PE Dressage Rules
The new FEI Para-Equestrian Dressage Rules for International Competition were launched in 2006.
The FEI Para-Equestrian Rules may be found HERE.
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