About Para Dressage

Whether you take up the reins for therapy with Riding for Disabled (RDA) or you just want to get started with dressage, there are lots of ways you can get involved.

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Great Britain has one of the most developed pathways for equestrian disability sport in the world, offering plenty of opportunities from grassroots right up to the world stage.

Key things to know

  • As a para dressage rider you compete at a certain grade based on your level of impairment which is determined through the para classification system.
  • We have a range of regional and national level training for you to get involved in.
  • We have close links with Riding for the Disabled Association as well as the Para Dressage Training Trust - who own horses that are loaned to up-and-coming riders.
  • Great Britain won team gold at every Olympic, World and European Championship from when the sport began until 2018, with the London 2012 Paralympic Games being Britain's most successful games ever with fourteen medals: five individual gold, five individual silver, one bronze and team gold.

Want to know more about getting started in Para Dressage? 


Getting started

If you're interested in getting involved in para dressage with British Dressage, you can read all of the information you need to know about how to get classified as a para rider and the competition and training opportunities available to you on our Getting Started page:


Updates within Para Dressage

From new tests, to competitions, rules and schedules there are many changes happening in the Para Dressage world! Keep up to date by taking a look at our Members Handbook, sign up to our Para Matters newsletter or check out the page below.

Para Dressage FAQs

We've put together the most frequently asked questions we get from our members on all things Para Dressage, and these are a great place to start when you're new to British Dressage:

If you still have questions after reading these, you are welcome to contact our Para International Officer, Natasha Pearce, who will be happy to talk to you more about becoming involved with Para Dressage. You can email her at international@britishdressage.co.uk