In order to process your application, you'll need to complete the below forms and send them to the British Equestrian Classification Coordinator, Felicty Towers, via email, Felicity.Towers@bef.co.uk.
In accordance with GDPR, we will not hold a copy of your National PE Classification Registration form and medical information once your application has been fully processed. It is your responsibility to retain a copy of this information.
Visually impaired athletes must obtain an eligible classification grade from British Blind Sport (BBS) and have a confirmed medical diagnosis that is the cause of the visual impairment.
Contact British Blind Sport (BBS) to go through their classification process. Once you have received your BBS certificate, check if you have been allocated a classification grade which is eligible for conversion into a para equestrian grade.
If you have a BBS grade that is eligible for conversion, send your BBS classification certificate and medical evidence of the confirmed diagnosis which has caused the vision impairment to the British Equestrian Classification Coordinator, Felicity Towers (Felicity.Towers@bef.co.uk), so it can be converted into a para equestrian grade.
You will have been invited to attend a hub for physical assessment – here's what to expect:
As explained above, the application to be Classified for para competitions is a two-stage process:
The hubs are held in various locations throughout the year and you can select your preferred location on your application. We will do our best to accommodate you, however, there are a limited number of appointments at each Hub.
N.B. You must submit your application a minimum of six weeks in advance of the evaluation date you would like to attend.
|19 November 2023||
|Abbey Park, Stareton, Warwickshire CV8 2XZ||
9 October 2023
|Friday 23-25 February 2024||Myerscough College, BD Para Winter Championships||St Michael's Rd, Preston PR3 0RY||Friday 12 January 2024|
|Sunday 3 March 2024||White Rocks Farm||Underriver, Sevenoaks, Kent TN15 0SL||Monday 22 January 2024|
Saturday 16 March 2024
|Riding for Rehab||York YO19 6DN||
Monday 5 February 2024
|Friday 12-14 July 2024||Hartpury College, RDA National Championships||Hartpury, Gloucester GL19 3BE||Friday 31 May 2024|
|Saturday 16 November 2024||RDA National Training Centre||Lowlands Equestrian Centre, Old Warwick Rd, Shrewley CV35 7AX||Friday 4 October 2024|
If you are due for a review, you must complete and submit the National Classification Review Form and Consent Form to the British Equestrian Classification Coordinator, Felicity.Towers@bef.co.uk.
In accordance with GDPR, we will not hold a copy of your National PE Classification Review Form and medical information once your application has been fully processed. It is your responsibility to retain a copy of this information.
An FEI International Classification will allow you to participate in international para equestrian competitions. It's important that you familiarise yourself with the FEI Para Equestrian Classification Rules. All the relevant documents can be found on the FEI website for Para Dressage and Para Driving.
As the National Federation of Great Britain, British Equestrian acts as a liaison between the FEI and yourself. To apply for FEI International classification, you need to submit the following documents from the FEI website, using the relevant link above, to Felicity.Towers@bef.co.uk.
The applications need to be sent in six to eight weeks prior to the show you would like to be classified at. Please be aware that the FEI doesn't allow electronic signatures, so please ensure you sign the forms manually.
Compensating Aids are special pieces of equipment to aid an athlete in para competitions, but don’t give them an advantage over other athletes in the same grade – for example, an athlete who struggles to grip the reins could use looped reins as a compensating aid. Athletes are encouraged to use as few aids as possible.
A list has been compiled to maintain consistency for para dressage and para driving:
Please note: all the equipment and aids must comply with Para Dressage and Para Driving rules and regulations.
To apply for compensating aids, you need to complete the National Request Form (below) for Compensating Aids and submit with the supporting documentation to the British Equestrian Classification Coordinator, Felicity Towers.
A commander calls out the movements in sequence to the athlete as they compete.
Those with a permanent memory impairment which impacts their ability to remember the sequence of movements required for the duration of a dressage test can apply and must produce evidence from a psychologist. Use the document below as a guidance to apply.
No, you don't need to bring your horse with you. The Athlete Evaluation is carried out by two Classifiers in a clinical environment, and you will be asked to carry out a variety of movements and exercises.
The Athlete Evaluation (physical assessment) is held in a clinical environment with two National PE Classifiers. It can take up to around an hour and we recommend you wear comfortable, loose-fitting clothing.
Further details of the Athlete Evaluation can be found in the National Para Equestrian Classification Rules below:
Intellectual disabilities are not currently eligible for para equestrian classification. However, British Dressage and Riding for the Disabled Association have collaborated and now run an Intellectual Disability Championships – please contact British Dressage for more information. There are also some other options on the Physical Impairment and Eligibility page which are available to you.