Intro Para-Equestrian Competitions

As part of the 2013-2017 British Equestrian Federation Excel funding from the National Lottery through Sport England, British Dressage (BD) and British Equestrian Federation (BEF) have introduced a new competition series of Para Equestrian Dressage Competitions.

This competition series helps ‘bridge the gap’ between competing at Riding for the Disabled dressage competitions and affiliated British Dressage competitions. The aim is to break down some of the perceived barriers that stop riders starting in what is now one of the best competition pathways in the World. The first steps are often the most difficult ones to take and the initiative will help riders to take those steps in to the British Dressage competition structure.

Riders do not have to be members of British Dressage to compete at these shows, but are encouraged to become a British Dressage Associate member, which is free, as this means any results and scores achieved at these competitions will be listed on the British Dressage database.

Competition structure and eligibility to compete:

  • Riders must be profiled with a physical classification that puts them in the RDA Grade I – V and must compete in the Grade Class that they are Classified (Grade I – V). Profile 39 of the Classification Guide remains inactive at present so athletes in Profile 39 without a physical classification are not eligible to compete in Para-Equestrian Dressage competition run under British Dressage & FEI rules. This policy will reviewed in line with any future decisions made by the FEI. More details on classification can be obtained from the Para Dressage Officer at British Dressage:
  • British Dressage Para-Equestrian Rules will apply at all competitions. Please refer to the rule book on the British Dressage website:
  • The class will be run as one with all grades competing against each other. The top 10 placing will be determined by highest overall % scores irrespective of Grade.
  • Competition dates and venues will be listed in the BD Magazine schedule as Intro Para Equestrian. Details about each show can be found on the schedules page on the British Dressage website, by clicking this link:
  • BD Para Group E* riders or those new to the sport are only eligible for these competitions (please refer to the British Dressage rule book)
  • Riders will be able to ride the same test twice in a day by entering two classes. There may be an opportunity to get feedback from the judge between the first and second class. If this is the case each class will be limited to 15 competitors.
  • There will also be a pick your own / open RDA class. This class is not a qualifier for the British Dressage Intro Show Championships.


All entries should be made directly to the RDA centre and dates can be found here:

Intro Show Championship held at the Festival of Para Dressage in 2017

  • Solihull Riding Club on 26th -27th August 2017


For all queries about the Intro Para shows:
Rachel Smith – British Dressage
T: 02476 698837

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