Third World Intellectual Impairment Sport Para Equestrian video competition opens
The International Federation for Athletes with Intellectual Impairments (World Intellectual Impairment Sport) have announced that the third Para equestrian video competition is open for entries until 29 September 2019.
The innovative competition format aims to encourage the growth of the sport in lieu of a standard competition format where athletes would also have to transport horses.
In past editions entries have been received from all over the world including Russia, Spain and Australia and have gradually increased. At the first event in 2017, four countries made submissions growing to five in 2018.
Spain’s Sonja Villalba is the current champion having ridden Donauzauber to success last year.
In order to enter, riders are required to follow set rules. These include a requirement for horses to wear bandages to indicate the test has not been performed and judged at another competition.
The test is an International Federation for Equestrian Sport (FEI) Grade IV Novice A. Videos are assessed and judged by a panel of FEI Para equestrian judges.
Entries are open to World Intellectual Impairment Sport members and non-members. Information about how to enter can be found on the World Intellectual Impairment Sport events page.
About World Intellectual Impairment Sport Para Equestrian
Equestrian was added to the World Intellectual Impairment Sport sport programme in 2016 in the form of dressage. The organisation wants to offer the best riders with intellectual impairments the chance to compete regularly.
More information about the sport, including the rules and history, can be found at the World Intellectual Impairment Sport Para Equestrian page.