THE NEW 2013 PARA RULE CHANGES SURROUNDING GRADING OF RIDERS AND CHAMPIONSHIPS WILL BE EFFECTIVE FROM THE RE-START OF EACH CHAMPIONSHIP IN 2013. THE FIRST COMPETITION ADHERING TO THE NEW RULES BEING THE 2013 KBIS. Download a crib sheet to the new rules here.
THE NEW FEI 2013 TESTS WILL BE USED FROM 1ST APRIL 2013 IN ALL COMPETITIONS.
For further information on competing, or to request a free booklet to help get you started, contact Amy Cullen Tel: 02476 698837.
To start competing, you will first need to be classified by a specialist physiotherapist, to decide which class you can compete in. There are five grades, from 1a, the most impaired, to IV, the least impaired – this means you can compete on equal terms against other disabled riders, or you can take part in able-bodied classes if you choose. Contact RDA Dressage and National Championships Secretary Verity Malcom for more information about classification: 01926 405 967. Or find a classifying physiotherapist here.
Para-equestrian dressage training is increasingly being organised alongside mainstream regional training, and usually costs £5-20 per session. To find out what is available in your area, speak to the Regional Development Officer (RDO) or para representative in your area.
Para Coaches Pathway
We now have in place a Para Coaches Pathway that produces a list of BD recognised Para Trainers. For further details about the Pathway please contact email@example.com to view the Para Coaches Pathway click here.
Initially you may not need to become a member of British Dressage to compete, for example, if you enter restricted classes you can do so as a non-member with a class ticket. However if you wish to start climbing the ranks you will need to join as a member.
For details of local Para Judge training please contact your local RDO or Para Rep.