To provide meaningful competition for such athletes, each rider’s disability needs to be classified so that people with similar levels of ability can be grouped into Grades in which they compete together. Riders with significantly reduced physical ability ride in (Grade 1a) tests in walk only. Riders classified in (Grade 1V ) have increased physical ability and ride tests which are of medium/advanced standard.
Sharyn Gregory and Jillian Shelton are Australia ’s International Para-Equestrian Classifiers, accredited to classify for International Competition. Sharyn is based in NSW and Jillian in SA. Requests for classification should be made through Equestrian Australia, and riders must be members of EA in order to be classified.
Once classified, riders are given a functional profile number and a Grade. When necessary riders can use compensating aids approved by FEI PE , such as a special saddle, adapted reins, elastic bands, two whips etc. All Para-Equestrian riders are encouraged to ride in EA Dressage Competitions. Riders will carry an EA Para-Equestrian ID card, if they need specialist equipment that does not comply with EA Rules. They are required to submit a copy with entries to Organising Committees, and carry the PE Card during competition. Riders will mention to Judges that their PE Card will list any compensating aids allowed All Para-Equestrian Riders in EA competitions are judged in exactly the same way as all other dressage competitors.
If you would like to be classified please complete the Para Equestrian Classification application and send to EA National Office.
Dressage riders who require exemptions for modified equipment, or exemptions from dressage rules (such as not being able to sit trot, or requiring a caller/commander) can apply for an EA Exemption Card, which does not require a Para Equestrian Classification to be undertaken.