Para Equestrian

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About Para Equestrian

Para Equestrian gives people with mild to severe disabilities the opportunity to train and to compete at dressage competition on equal terms.

Para-Equestrian Dressage Tests

View and find the links to the Para Equestrian dressage tests we contest in NZ competition here.

Please refer to Annex 2 of the Para Equestrian Rule book for the scheduling and use of the ESNZ and FEI Para Dressage Tests in ESNZ Para Equestrian Competition.

NZ Para-Equestrian Tests

The NZ level tests were introduced in 2015 to encourage the participation in Para-Equestrian Dressage.

Compensating Aids

Compensating Aids are “helpful additions’ to your gear or body to assist you to ride.

Para-Equestrian Badges

All classified Para-Equestrians must display the Orange Para Badge on their saddlecloths at competitions.


Frequently Asked Questions - Para-Equestrian

Frequently asked questions about the sport of Para-Equestrian.

ESNZ Para Equestrian is pleased to confirm the Canter for Cancer National Para Equestrian Series is back for 2023/24

  1. The Series is open to classified Grade I – V riders. 
  2. Riders may enter one combination only. 
  3. Scores gained for the FEI Grand Prix A/FEI Grand Prix B are eligible for this series. 
  4. Riders must submit three scores by 11:59 pm Monday 18th March 2024 to be eligible for the series. No late entries will be accepted.
  5. If a rider gains a higher score at the Bates National Championships 2024 for the FEI Grand Prix A and/or FEI Grand Prix B Test for their grade, their lower score(s) previously submitted will be replaced with their Nationals score.
  6. Champion and Reserve will be the rider with the highest combined total of the three scores across all grades submitted. If there is a tie, the rider with the highest score in an Individual Championship test submitted will be the winner.
  7. All entries will be verified on EvoEvents. If EvoEvents is not used then a printout of the final results must be submitted with the entry along with the date, judge, and show name.  Entries will not be accepted without this information.
  8. All entries must be ESNZ registered as full financial members and be riding ESNZ registered equines.
  9. Final results will be posted on the ESNZ Website, ESNZ Facebook page, Para Facebook Page, and in the Para Newsletter.
  10. Champion and Reserve will receive a Canter for Cancer rug or other prizes which will be presented by Canter for Cancer at the Bates National Championships in March 2024. 
  11. ESNZ Para Equestrian reserves the right to update or amend series conditions at any time. All decisions are final.

To enter, please email [email protected]

Para Dressage Rule Book

Para Dressage has it’s own rule book for para competition

Before you head out to your first competition, please make sure you are familiar with the rules of Para Dressage in NZ, particularly in respect to any grade-specific rules.

Beginners Guide to Para Equestrian

Beginners Guide to Para Equestrian

Thinking of joining and competing in Para Equestrian?

Check out our easy to follow guide to joining the sport of Para-Equestrian and competing in New Zealand. Find out all about the classification process, the use of compensating aids, how to join the sport, competition and pathways.

Para Equestrian NZ

Some wheelie good tips!

Hear from a Para Equestrian about what it’s like and where to start?

Check out this Wheelie Good Tips video created by the NZ Spinal Trust about Anthea Dixon’s journey.

Coaching Para Equestrian Riders

Coaching info here linking to coaching area

Judging Para-Equestrian

Info here for judges linking to judges page


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