As a para equestrian rider you can not only compete in para equestrian specific competitions which is graded based on level of impairment, but also able bodied competitions too – with many para equestrian riders having great success!
Para dressage classes mirror the able bodied structure and are split into three sections – Bronze, Silver and Gold. The Bronze section is for those who are new to para dressage and to begin with, you and your horse can join as Club members for only £45 for a full year - ideal for your first step into para equestrian competitions.
A Full membership for both horse and rider will be necessary for taking part in Silver and Gold competitions and championships. Bronze combinations would also need to upgrade to full members to compete in a Bronze championship. For further detail on eligibility criteria, take a look in the BD Members’ Handbook at the Para Equestrian section.
Para classes are held across the country all year round, details for all competitions are available on the competition schedule. These competitions have qualifying classes, where points are achieved based on percentage score, that can take para equestrian riders to a range of exciting championships.
There are Bronze, Silver and Gold Summer and Winter Championships, supported by Equissage Pulse, to aim for as well an exciting regional team event, the Para Home International.
You can download the 2019 Bronze tests free of charge. For Silver and Gold (FEI) tests, you can download these from the FEI website.
- Grade 1 Intro Test 3
- Grade 2 Intro Test 10
- Grade 3 Intro Test 21
- Grade 4 Intro Test 31
- Grade 5 New Intro Test
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