Para Equestrian Ireland

Competition

Para Equestrian Ireland (PEI) supports riders to compete in dressage at national and international level.

In the equestrian and para-equestrian calendars there is one main championship competition every year. Each year one of the key objectives of PEI is to send a team to the main championship competition. Over the course of the 4 years the cycle for championship competitions is as follows: Year 1 – European Championships, Year 2 – World Equestrian Games, Year 3 – European Championships and Year 4 – Olympics/ Paralympics. The 4 year cycle in the build up to the 2016 Paralympics is as follows:

  • 2013 – European Championships in Herning, Denmark
  • 2014 – World Equestrian Games (WEG) in Normandy, France
  • 2015 – European Championships in Aachen, Germany
  • 2016 – Paralympics in Rio de Janeiro Brazil

PEI also tries to send riders to 1*, 2* and 3* competitions during the year. There is only so much training riders can do and they need competition experience to improve and excel at the sport. At internationals, para equestrian riders are judged by a minimum of 3 and a maximum of 5 FEI Judges. They also get to compete against some of the world’s best para equestrian athletes and both of these things give riders a great indication of where they are relative to others competing at the same level and what they need to improve on. PEI riders have taken part in many competitions and below is a list of some locations:

  • Deauville, France
  • Moorsele, Belgium
  • Hartpury, England
  • Mannheim, Germany
  • Herning, Denmark
  • Breda, Netherlands
  • Kristiansand, Norway
  • Wellington, Florida, US
  • Kentucky, US

PEI also encourages riders to take part in national competitions. They work with Dressage Ireland to do this and often invite foreign para equestrian judges to come along. Doing national competitions is a great way to get ready for international competitions. Dressage Ireland is very facilitating in holding para classes and this is invaluable to our riders.