Equestrian sport can represent an opportunity for freedom and movement to people with disabilities. It can also be a rejuvenating component in a therapeutic program. With various degrees of assistance and support, horse sport can be a reality for many people, whether a child with cerebral palsy or an adult with paralysis. People with disabilities can learn to ride a horse, compete alongside their peers and progress to high level competitions like the Paralympics or the World Equestrian Games. Challenges can be overcome and the experience is often rewarding.

At the grassroots level, Para-Equestrian sport includes all equestrian disciplines practiced by people with disabilities. Many disabled athletes are capable of competing in able-bodied Equine Canada competitions, which often involves the use of specialized supportive tack or compensatory aids. The Para-Equestrian disciplines are able to provide an environment for severely disabled riders to engage in serious competition, though the international stream focuses only on Para-Dressage.

Competitor Membership Requirements

OEF Membership Equine Canada
Sport License
Para-Equestrian Canada
Equestrian Skills Development
Bronze Bronze
Silver Silver
Gold Gold
Platinum Platinum

Competition Rules

Equine Canada Rules – Section A General Regulations (Download)
Equine Canada Rules –Section M: Para-Equestrian (Download)


Para-Equestrian Canada
Ontario Therapeutic Riding Association