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International competition

Please note: The new para-equestrian dressage tests for 2017 have been published on the FEI webiste. The tests are effective from 1 January 2017 but are subject to approval by the FEI General Assembly in November 2016. To view the tests, click here.

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
Venue Class Country Date
Doha, Al Shaqab CPEDI3* QAT 1 - 4 Mar 2017
Deauville CPEDI3* FRA 30 Mar - 2 Apr 2017
Waragem CPEDI3* BEL 21 - 23 Apr 2017
Mannheim CPEDI3* GER 5 - 9 May 2017
Roosendaal CPEDI3* NED 25 - 28 May 2017
Somma Lombardo CPEDI3* ITA 15 - 18 Jun 2017
Hartpury CPEDI3* GBR 6 - 9 Jul 2017
Uberhernn CPEDI3* GER 7 - 9 Jul 2017
Bishop Burton CPEDI3* GBR 25 - 29 Jul 2017
Gothenburg European Championships SWE 22 - 27 Aug 2017


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 2012 list of prohibited substances
Britain currently holds the World, European and Paralympic titles. 

2017 International Selection Policies:

CPEDI 2017

Europeans 2017

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 the BD Para Dressage Officer, Rachel, or call her on 02476 698837

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.