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Equestrian Events at

the Summer Paralympics

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Paralympics Summer Sports: Equestrian

Equestrian is a multi-disability sport, open to athletes with a
physical disability or a visual impairment. Events are mixed and
grouped according to their functional profiles.

Riders compete in two Dressage events; a Championship Test of set
movements and a Freestyle Test to music. There is also a Team
Test for three or four riders.

Competitors are judged on their display of horsemanship skills as
they ride their horse using a series of commands for walk, trot
and canter. Riders may use permitted compensating aids such as
dressage whips, a connecting rein bar, rubber bands or other

The IPC is the governing body, through the International
Paralympic Equestrian Committee (IPEC). IPC rules and procedures
are in accordance with the International Equestrian Federation
(FEI) with small modifications.

Equestrian events were first included in the Paralympic Games in
Atlanta 1996 and the sport is currently practiced in 40

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