The Carriage Driving Sports Group for drivers with disabilities is a registered charity (Charity Number : 1143265) and promotes the health of disabled people through the provision of training and driving opportunities in sports driving.
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Para-Equestrian sport in both Dressage and Driving has been steadily developing for the past 25 years and is available and practiced by equestrians with a wide variety of disabilities. Indeed, PE Dressage has been a regular fixture at the Paralympic Games since 1996, while 2016 was host to the tenth Para-Equestrian Driving World Championships.
The word “Para” derives from the Greek preposition meaning “alongside” - and it’s great to see that in the mainstream driving trials competitions of today, we have a growing number of para competitors competing side by side with able bodied competitors across a range of classes from novice through to open.
This gives disabled competitors the opportunity to progress and develop in just the same way as it does able bodied competitors.
IIn mainstream competition, para athletes are competing across a range of classes according to their current competitive status, from novice currently through to open level.
As with Paralympics and Olympics, at elite levels specific championships are run for Para competitors in the same way as they are mainstream competitors.
GBR has been proud to develop competitors and teams as part of the BEF World Class programme and has had success at the Para Driving World Championships since its inception bringing back individual Gold, Silver and Bronze medals and Team Silver and Bronze medals as a team
Drivers at FEI Para Equestrian Driving World Championships are divided into two classes depending on their degree of disability; each team has to include one member who is a grade 1. Drivers are profiled according to the limbs that work and are used whilst driving. Thus depending on their profile they are graded 1 or 2 – Grade1 being the more severe disabilities.
2016 - Beesd (NED) Team Gold - NED, Silver -GBR Bronze - GBR
2014 - Sandringham (GBR) Team Gold - GER, Silver -NED Bronze - USA
2012 - Breda (NED) Team Gold - NED, Silver -GBR Bronze - GBR
2010 - Breda (NED) Team Gold - GER, Silver - NED Bronze - GBR
2008 - Greven (GER) Team Gold - GER, Silver - NED, Bronze - USA
2006 - Hellendoorn (NED) Team Gold - GER, Silver - GBR, Bronze - NED
2004 - Hopetoun (GBR) Team Gold - GER, Silver - GBR, Bronze - USA
2002 - Greven (GER) - Team Gold - GER, Silver - GBR, Bronze - USA
2000 - Stadl Paura (AUS) Team Gold - GER, Silver - GBR, Bronze - Sweden
1998 - Wolfsburg (GER) - First World Championships - Team Gold - AUST, Silver - GER, Bronze - USA
31 May 2017
2017 PARA EQUESTRIAN FORUM
More than 70 delegates from 24 countries gathered in Stow on the World for the second edition of the Para Equestrian Forum following the success met in Essen (GER) in 2015. The Forum, organised by the FEI and hosted by British Dressage, was held immediately after the two-day FEI Classifier meeting which united 18 classifiers from around the world, and was then followed by the FEI Para-Equestrian Committee Meeting.
Over the two-day Forum - led by the Para Equestrian Technical Committee - presentations, discussions and working groups covered the following topics:
For more information/presentations, please click here.