Equestrian Canada (EC) is pleased to announce the launch of a free resource for the para-dressage community, The Power of Para-Dressage: From Therapy to Podium.
This new online handbook provides a comprehensive overview of para-dressage and the sport system of which it is part. From athlete classification to caring for the competition horse, The Power of Para-Dressage: From Therapy to Podium provides the knowledge you need to take your first steps down the para-dressage pathway.
The handbook is available to download for free here.
For individuals with a physical disability, para-dressage can represent an opportunity to enjoy freedom and movement by learning to ride a horse, competing alongside peers and potentially progressing to high-level competitions, such as the Paralympics or World Equestrian Games.
Para-dressage has been a regular fixture at the Paralympics since 1996. With the idea of creating meaningful opportunities for all people with impairments to compete and achieve their goals in equestrian sport, athletes are classified according to the level of their impairment. In 2006, para-equestrian sport – including para-dressage – joined the ranks of the other seven disciplines regulated by the FEI.
EC’s Para-Dressage Committee is responsible for developing programs for the Canadian para-dressage community from the grassroots to the international level. Visit www.equestrian.ca/sport/para-dressage for more information.