Para Dressage Newsletter - May 2023


U.S. Dressage Festival of Champions featuring the Adequan®/USEF Para Dressage National Championship and Adequan®/USEF Para Dressage Athlete of Honor Awards Program - August 21-27, 2023 | HITS Chicago at Lamplight Equestrian Center | Wayne, Ill.


The Adequan®/USEF Para Dressage National Championship application of intent deadline of June 15, 2023, is quickly approaching. Championships information may be found at HERE.
The Hope Hand Memorial Equine Travel Grant benefiting athletes competing at Festival of Champions application may be found HERE.
Adequan®/USEF Para Dressage Athlete of Honor Awards Program information may be found HERE.
Adequan®/USEF Para Dressage Athlete of Honor Awards Program Travel Grant may be found HERE.

National Classification Opportunities: USEF and USPEA Travel Grants Available


USEF Classification Travel Grant may be found HERE.

USPEA Classification Travel Grant may be found HERE.


Upcoming National Classification Opportunities:

Ride On Therapeutic Riding Center, June 3-4, 2023, Chatsworth, Calif.
Adequan®/USEF Para Dressage National Championships, August 20-21, 2023, Wayne, Ill. | HITS Chicago at Lamplight Equestrian Center

Maryland Therapeutic Riding Center Named USEF Para-Equestrian Dressage Center of Excellence (COE)


USEF is pleased to announce that the Maryland Therapeutic Riding Center of Crownsville, Md., will join the existing COE listed below in offering educational and training opportunities for para dressage. For more information, please visit one of our eight facilities listed below. 


The USEF Para-Equestrian Dressage Centers of Excellence (COE) are designed to grow the sport of para dressage throughout the United States, playing a critical role in pipeline development—from grassroots all the way through to elite levels of athlete and coach education and support. By providing multiple centers of instruction and technical dressage training throughout the United States, the COE initiative provides athletes with disabilities the opportunity to discover competitive para dressage at both the national, and eventually CPEDI level, at locations convenient to them. The Centers of Excellence are also essential instruments in the continuous effort to make equestrian sport more equitable, inclusive, and available to disabled competitive riders in the United States. As other nations around the world have shown, and as the FEI has emphasized, the inclusion of disabled equestrians in our often-exclusive sport is compelling to the general public, many of whom may not otherwise find themselves captivated by equestrian sport. Horses have the unique ability to level the field of play for athletes across traditional age, gender, and ability divides—something that is unparalleled in other Olympic and Paralympic sports. Lastly, the Centers of Excellence provide a physical bridge and a regional hub to the other robust initiatives inside this sport, such as the USEF Para Dressage Coach Certificate Program, USPEA’s and USEF’s Virtual Judging Competition Series, and an expanding list of qualifying competitions to help get athletes to the podium. 


Carlisle Academy (Lyman, Maine)

Healing Strides of VA (Boones Mill, Va.)

Maryland Therapeutic Riding Center (Crownsville, Md.) 

North Texas Equestrian Center (Wylie, Texas)

Ride On Therapeutic Riding Center (Chatsworth, Calif.)

Therapeutic Riding, Inc (Ann Arbor, Mich.)

Thorncroft, Therapeutic Horseback Riding, Inc (Malvern, Pa.)

Wheatland Farm (Purcellville, Va.)

USEF Para-Equestrian Dressage Program Structure and Pathway Document Updates Effective April 19, 2023


Updates to Elite, Development, and Emerging athlete documents may be found HERE.

USEF Criteria to Compete in CPEDI Updates Effective May 9, 2023


Updates may be found HERE.


USEF Para Dressage Coach Certificate Program and Continuing Education – Become a More Knowledgeable Dressage or Therapeutic Riding Coach!


The USEF Para Dressage Coach Certificate Program covers the principles of para dressage coaching, including guided improvement processes, personal conduct, and technical skill acquisition towards an effective development of coaching activities. It develops the coach’s ability to prepare athletes from grassroots education to international competitions, along a continuum of progressive certificate levels. With the goal of coach development, the program uses lecture time as well as simulated lessons, where coaches are given information and feedback on their teaching, knowledge, and overall performance. Candidates need to employ advanced communication skills, including feedback and evaluation, and learn to adjust to athletes’ and coaches’ varied abilities and personality traits.


Para Dressage Coach Continuing Education: HITS Chicago at Lamplight Equestrian Center, Wayne, Ill.| August 20-21, 2023
Para Dressage Coach Certificate Program: Tryon International Equestrian Center, Mill Spring, N.C. | October 21-22, 2023


For more information on the USEF Para Dressage Coach Certificate Program, click HERE.

U.S. Para Dressage Athletes to Compete in European and Canadian CPEDI


Support your fellow para dressage athletes and follow them at the upcoming CPEDIs. The schedules with links to live streaming may be found in the FEI database HERE.


May 18 – 21 Ottawa (CAN)
June 1 – 4 Stadl Paura (AUT)
June 7 – 11 Budapest (HUN)
June 16 – 18 Kronenberg (NED)
June 22 – 25 Sopot (POL)
June 29 – July 1 Grote-Brogel (BEL)


Now with a new title sponsor, the Perrigo U.S. Para Dressage Team will be competing this summer. Stay tuned for more details. 


Also, a big shout out and congratulations to Fiona Howard and Kate Shoemaker on their top-three placings in their respective classes at CPEDI Waregem (BEL) and CPEDI Mannheim (GER)!

Fiona Howard & Jagger and Kate Shoemaker & Quiana at CHI Al Shaqab earlier this year (© CHI Al Shaqab)

Follow US Equestrian

Stay up to date with the Perrigo U.S. Para Dressage Team by following USA Para Dressage on Facebook and USA Dressage on Instagram. Follow US Equestrian on Facebook, TwitterTikTok, and Instagram. Use #USAParaDressage.

The USEF International High Performance Programs and the USEF High Performance Pathway Programs are generously supported by the USET Foundation, the philanthropic partner to USEF. High Performance Program support is also provided by the USOPC and USEF sponsors and members.


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