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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 download Para Equestrian dressage tests here.

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.

IPC have announced that Para Dressage is to be broadcast live at Tokyo 2020 Paralympics!

Para Dressage is one of 5 sports that has been added to the live broadcast schedule for the Tokyo 2020 Paralympic Games, marking the first time that equestrian fans world wide will be able to watch live coverage of Para Dressage at the Paralympics.

The FEI is funding a three-year study to inform recommendations for an evidence-based, sport-specific Para Dressage Classification. The next stage of this study involves conducting interviews with Para Dressage Athletes and stakeholders to ensure that their views and experiences serve as a basis for the evolution of the current Para Dressage Classification system. Several interviews have already been conducted with stakeholders (Classifiers, Judges, Coaches, etc.) and Para Dressage Athletes, and we are now looking to recruit between 5 to 10 English speaking Para Dressage Athletes to participate in the final interviews.

We are looking to recruit Para Dressage Athletes across several National Federations (NFs).  Please contact Aimee Cotter at the main office for more detailed information about the research project and an application form.

Please note that there is a limit to the number of Athletes that will be selected, so it is possible that not all expressions of interest will be pursued.

Thank you for your support in this important endeavour!

2019 Para Get-Together

Saturday 29 and Sunday 30 June at the National Equestrian Centre, Taupo

Was a complete success!  Much fun was had by all those who attended despite the freezing minus zero conditions that was complemented by a thick blanket of Taupo fog! 

Thank you to those who came and we look forward to doing it again next year.  Perhaps in a warmer month of April or May!!

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.

Para Rider Stories

Some of our Para riders share information about themselves, their disability and their Compensating Aids.

Para-Equestrian Competition Rules

Para-Equestrian sport rules, Dressage Rules and FEI Rules


All you need to know about competing in Para-Equestrian in New Zealand.

Competition Dates

Find a dressage group event near you that’s running Para-Equestrian classes at their show(s).

Join ESNZ Para-Equestrian

All you need to know about becoming an ESNZ Para-Equestrian member.


Para-Equestrian contact details.

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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