Para Equestrian National Classification

The Classification System is designed to enable disabled riders to compete on equal terms against each other.

Athletes are classified according to their disability across five grades, which determine the complexity of the movements that riders perform with their horses. Grade I is for athletes whose impairment has the greatest impact on their ability to ride, through to Grade V for athletes whose impairment has the least impact on their ability to ride.

To start competing in Para-Equestrian competitions, you will need to be classified to determine which grade you can compete in. In order to be classified, riders must be medically diagnosed as having a permanent, physical impairment that can be measured objectively by a Para Equestrian Classifier.

Classification Hub Calendar 2024

National Para Equestrian (PE) Classification Hubs are confirmed for 2024. If you would like to compete in Graded Para Competitions with RDA, British Dressage and/or British Carriage driving please submit your application to be classified along with supporting medical information to British Equestrian. This is a 2-stage process:

  • Stage 1 – Submission of forms and medical information for the Classification Working Group (CWG) to process
  • Stage 2 – If the CWG confirms the applicant has a medical condition(s) which meets the minimum impairment criteria, they will be invited to have an Athlete Evaluation (physical assessment) at one of the hubs listed.

Please refer to the British Equestrian website for full details, including the eligibility criteria, rules, application process and forms.

Date Venue Address Application Deadline
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
Saturday 16 March 2024 Riding for Rehab York YO19 6DN Friday 5 February 2024
Saturday 13 April 2024 BHS Scotland Suite A3, Stirling Agriculture Centre, Stirling FK9 4RN Monday 4 March 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
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