- Published on 27 February 2015
Special Olympics athletes who compete in the equestrian events learn to ride, develop sports skills and gain the self-confidence to direct and control a horse. Athletes are able to compete in a variety of English and Western-style events, including relays, drill teams and Prix Caprilli (jumping events).
Special Olympics athletes also can participate in Special Olympics Unified Sports® team relays and drill teams.Unified Sports is a program that combines Special Olympics athletes and athletes without intellectual disabilities (partners) on sports teams for training and competition. During an Equestrian competition, Unified Sports team relays and drill teams would be made up of one athlete and one partner (two athletes and two partners for a four person team.
As in all Special Olympics sports, athletes are grouped in competition divisions according to ability level and age (equestrian athletes are not separated by gender).
At the 1987 Special Olympics World Summer Games in Indiana, USA, 38 athletes competed in the equestrian sports competition; one year later equestrian was added as an official Special Olympics sport.
The 2003 Special Olympics World Summer Games hosted 137 athletes representing 23 countries in the sport.
Equestrian was not featured at MENA Regional Games however Bahrain competed in Equestrian at 2003 Special Olympics World Games in Dublin, Ireland.
Today there are at least 915 athletes from MENA region competing in equestrian.
Stock Seat Equitation
Showmanship at Halter/Bridle Classes
Figure 8 stake Race
Drill Teams of twos and fours
Unified Sports Sports Team Relays
Unified Sports Drill Teams