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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
Wellington, FL CPEDI1*/2*/3* USA 18 - 21 Jan 2018
Boneo CPEDI3* AUS 25 - 28 Jan 2018
Genemuiden CPEDI3* NED 8 - 10 Feb 2018
Deauville CPEDI3* FRA 5 - 8 Apr 2018
Kralovice CPEDI3* CZE 13 - 15 Apr 2018
Waregem CPEDI3* BEL 20 - 22 Apr 2018
Gotemba CPEDI1* JPN 28 - 29 Apr 2018
Companhia das Lezirias CPEDI3* POR 3 - 5 May 2018
Mannheim CPEDI3* GER 4 - 8 May 2018
Kristiansand CPEDI3* NOR 9 - 13 May 2018
Roosendaal CPEDI3* NED 10 - 13 May 2018
Ottawa ON CPEDI3* CAN 17 - 20 May 2018
Stadl Paura CPEDI3* AUT 24 - 27 May 2018
Somma Lombardo CPEDI3* ITA 14 - 17 Jun 2018
Hartpury CPEDI3* GBR 3 - 8 Jul 2018
Bishop Burton CPEDI1*/2*/3* GBR 23 - 27 Jul 2018
Kronenburg CH-M-PEA NED 28 Aug - 2 Sep 2018
Tryon NC WEG - PED USA 18 - 22 Sep 2018
Hong Kong, Beas River CPEDI2* HKG 14 - 16 Oct 2018


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. 

2018 International Selection Policies:

CPEDI 2018

World Equestrian Games 2018

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 and International Officer Natasha or call her on 02477 087803

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.