What are the levels of para dressage?

What are the levels of para dressage?

They are grouped into five different classes to allow fair competition. These classes are Grade I, Grade II, Grade III, Grade IV, and Grade V(Grade Names Changed as of Jan 2017) . The para-equestrian classification does not consider the gender of the rider, as equestrines compete in mixed gender competitions.

How do you qualify for para dressage?

If you have a permanent, measurable disability you may be eligible to compete in Para-Equestrian (PE) classes. PE classes are held at either FEI/USEF PE shows (for riders with a disability) or at open USEF-licensed/USDF-recognized competitions.

What is para dressage?

Para Dressage is dressage for riders with an eligible permanent physical impairment (a deficiency in or loss of body function or structure) as defined by the FEI Para Equestrian Dressage Classification Manual.

Who can participate in para equestrian?

The sport is open to competitors with impaired muscle power, athetosis, impaired passive range of movement, hypertonia, limb deficiency, ataxia, leg length difference, short stature, and vision impairment. They are grouped into five different classes to allow fair competition.

What is the grading in the Paralympics?

The grades range from Grade 1 which is for athletes whose impairment has the greatest impact on their ability to ride, through to Grade 5 for athletes whose impairment has the least impact on their ability to ride.

What are the grades for Paralympics?

Classes 1-5 are for wheelchair athletes. Classes 6-10 are for standing athletes. Finally, class 11 is for athletes with intellectual impairments. Within the wheelchair and standing classes, the lower the number, the greater the impact the impairment has on an athlete’s ability to compete.

Is there show jumping at the Paralympics?

para-show jumping or para-jumping, is relatively new on the world stage. While not yet a Paralympic sport, para-show jumping is an emerging discipline within equestrian sport.

Is there horse riding in the Paralympics?

Para-Equestrian is Equestrian Sport for people with a classifiable physical or visual impairment. The word ‘Para’ stands for Parallel, meaning alongside Open Sport. Para-Equestrian Dressage is the only Equestrian discipline that is included in the Paralympic Games, where it has been a regular fixture since 1996.

What is C2 at Paralympics?

C2: moderate hemiplegic or diplegic spasticity; moderate athetosis or ataxia; unilateral above knee amputation, etc.

What is the FEI doing to improve dressage performance?

The FEI are funding a three-year study, which aims to develop a comprehensive understanding of the effect of different impairment types on performance in Dressage. This information will inform recommendations for an evidence-based, sport-specific Classification system for Para Equestrian Dressage.

What is the para equestrian Forum?

The Forum is open to all members of the Para Equestrian Community and will take place online, over three interactive sessions in January and February 2022. Interested participants should contact their National Federation in order to be registered directly in the FEI Online Education Calendar, under the discipline Para Dressage.

What does the FEI do for disabled athletes?

International events for both Dressage and Driving, for individuals with an impairment, were established making the FEI one of the first International Federations to govern and regulate a sport for both able-bodied athletes and athletes with impairments.

Is there any research on qualitative research methods in para dressage?

We are pleased to announce that the team of researchers, led by Dr Sarah Jane Hobbs, have published the paper “Qualitative Research Methods – Interviews with Para Dressage Stakeholders” in the Journal of Sports Sciences. This has been linked on the FEI Classification Research webpage and the full paper is available as open access.