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International competition

International Competitions

Dressage competitions for riders with disabilities started in Scandinavia and Britain in the 1970s. The first dressage world championship was held in Sweden in 1987 and para-equestrian dressage riders first took part in the Paralympic Games in 1996.

From 2006, para-equestrian dressage became part of the FEI (Fédération Equestre Internationale), making it an officially recognised international equestrian sport.


FEI International Dates
  Please note: The new para-equestrian dressage are published on the FEI webiste. To view the tests, click here
Venue Class Country Date 
Rotterdam CH-EU-PED NED 19-25 Aug 19
Tryon NC CPEDI1*, CPEDI2*, CPEDI3* USA 12-15 Sept 19
Kristiansand CPEDI3* NOR 3-6 Oct 19
Keysoe CPEDI1*, CPEDI2*, CPEDI3* GBR 1-3 Oct 19
Gotemba CPEDI3* JPN 18-20 Oct 19
Lisbon CPEDI3* POR 26-29 Dec 19


Please be aware that those with FEI riders licences will need to have therapeutic use exemption forms before they compete whilst taking a prohibited substance. In order for riders to check the status of a substance, the Global Drug Reference Online website  should be referred to. We strongly advise athletes to print a record of their searches.

In addition WADA have now published the list of prohibited substances

2019 International Selection Policies:

CPEDI Selection Policy 2019
Team GBR Selection Policy for FEI Para Dressage European Championships 2019

Please note: updated 21 June 2019 to inlcude the confirmed Selection Panel names. 


Riders and horses must be BD registered to compete at International level.


International classification
All riders competing in international para-equestrian dressage competitions need an FEI International Para-Equestrian Classification Card (IPEC ID Card). It involves seeing a specially-trained physio or doctor, who will ensure you are in a grade which provides fair competition. If you need to be internationally classified, please email
Felicity Towers at the BEF or call Felicity on 02476 698872

Do you have Paralympic ambitions?
Would you like help to make it to the top? The British Equestrian Federation (BEF) runs three Lottery-funded programmes as part of its World Class Performance Programme (WCPP) to help Britain win medals.

You will need to take part in the selection process and, if successful, will receive funding for training and travel. For more information, please visit the BEF website.

You will also find info about the Talented Athlete Scholarship Scheme (TASS) on the BEF website.