Ottawa, ON—Para-Equestrian Canada (PEC) is pleased to offer a coaching clinic on November 13th, 2008 at the Royal Agricultural Winter Fair. The clinic is designed to educate coaches on topics associated with coaching riders with a disability and to encourage Equine Canada certified coaches to include riders with disabilities in their training and competitive programs. 


It is anticipated that those who attend will be able to use knowledge acquired from the clinic to introduce more people with disabilities to equestrian sport and to identify and encourage potential Para-Equestrian (PE) competitors.


Location:     Royal Agricultural Winter Fair, Direct Energy Centre on the Exhibition Place, Toronto, ON


Date:           Thursday, November 13th, 2008


Time:           9:30 a.m. – 4:30 p.m.


Cost:            $75.00 (includes classification manual, rule books and other handouts)


Participants: Limited to 30 participants


Open to all interested coaches and of special interest to Equine Canada dressage and driving coaches and CanTRA coaches.


The clinic has been developed by the members of the PEC Coaching Committee.


Fionna Christensen:          CanTRA Coach/Examiner, EC Coach 2, FEI –PE National Classification Advisor

Jane James:                     CanTRA Coach/Examiner, EC Coach 1, former Para-Equestrian Team Chef  d’équipe  (Athens 2004)

Marion Slatter Blitstein:     Physiotherapist, international FEI-PE classifier

Karen Brain:                    Paralympic bronze medalist, EC Coach 2

Jan Jollymour:                  EC Coach 2, High Performance Coach and Competitor  


The clinic will introduce and explain the Para-Equestrian Classification System that is currently in place for Para-Dressage and Para-Driving. It will include video examples, explanations, and demonstrations of adaptive tack and equipment for both training and competition. There will also be a discussion of disability issues and contraindications, including where to seek support and advice on medical, liability, and other issues.


Attendance at this clinic will qualify for six upgrading hours.


For further information or a copy of the registration form please visit Para-Equestrian Canada’s website at, or send an e-mail to [email protected].