Para Riders

Para-Equestrian Endurance

Endurance GB is giving people with mild to severe disabilities the opportunity to train and to ride on equal terms. Para-Equestrian Endurance riders will have available the additional support outlined in this section. They may compete at all levels of Endurance under the standard Endurance GB qualifications and grading rules.

Eligibility

Riders with a disability can apply for registration with Endurance GB as a Para-Equestrian Endurance rider and this will allow them to take advantage of the additional support available. Please contact paraendurance@endurancegb.co.uk

Endurance GB Para-Equestrian Identification Card

To participate in Endurance GB rides as a Para-Equestrian Endurance rider, the rider will be provided with a validated Endurance GB Para-Equestrian Identification Card from the Endurance GB Office, to show Endurance GB officials at all events.

Card details will be validated as correct by the Endurance GB Para-Equestrian Registration Committee following discussion with the individual rider, taking into account relevant medical evidence, and will list the additional support/compensating aids required by the individual.

Para-Equestrian Endurance riders must have their Endurance GB Para-Equestrian Identification Cards with them at Endurance GB competitions and the Technical Steward may request to see the card at any time.

Identification

All riders competing under Para-Equestrian Endurance rules must be clearly identified by wearing the blue bib provided by Endurance GB.

Where an escort is riding with the Para-Equestrian Endurance rider, an escort bib must be worn at all times. Para-Equestrian Endurance riders will be provided with a Rider bib, Escort bib and Crew bib from the office. Blue Para-Equestrian bibs for the rider, escort and crew are held by rider. When entering a ride, the Para-Equestrian Endurance rider should include their personal blue bib number as a note on their entry.

Escort Riders

Some disabilities may mean a Para-Equestrian Endurance rider needs an escort. These will fall into 2 categories and both escort horse and rider must be qualified for the distance and class entered. The horse being ridden by an escort must pass all veterinary checks required for that class.

Category 1 – A pure escort who enters Hors Concours, but horse and rider must be qualified for that class and abide by the rules for that class. They will pay 50% of the entry fee and will not gain points or awards from completing the distance. However, mileage will be recorded if appropriate on the horse’s EGB record. 

Category 2 – An escort who is entered into a similar class paying the full entry fee. Such riders are eligible for the appropriate trophy and mileage points but must take responsibility as escort for the Para-Equestrian Endurance rider.

Escorts must be able-bodied and aged 18yrs or over. Escorts take responsibility for the Para Equestrian Endurance Rider and must stay with them in the event of any emergency. 

Where the Endurance GB Para-Equestrian Registration Committee have deemed it essential for a Para-Equestrian Endurance rider to have an escort, a Para Escort Form must be filled in by the Para-Equestrian Endurance rider or, if under 18, by their parent or person with parental responsibility. The form must then be signed by the escort in front of the ride secretary, who must also sign the form. 

Where the Endurance GB Para-Equestrian Registration Committee have deemed it essential for a Para-Equestrian Endurance rider to have an escort, then in the event of the escort having to withdraw or retire from the ride, the Para-Equestrian Endurance rider must also withdraw unless transfer of responsibility can be arranged to another suitable escort. The new escort can only be nominated by the Para-Equestrian Endurance rider, or if under 18, by their parent or person with parental responsibility. In such a scenario, a fresh version of the Para Escort Form must be completed and signed by the Para Rider or if under 18, by their parent or person with parental responsibility. The new escort must also sign the form. This will serve as a ‘transfer of responsibility’ form. 

Where the Endurance GB Para-Equestrian Registration Committee have not deemed it essential for a Para-Equestrian Endurance rider to have an escort, but have given them permission to have the option of using an escort to provide assistance on the route, the escort will not need to fill in a para escort form unless the rider is under 13. 

All Para-Equestrian Endurance riders aged under 13 must have an escort.

  

The Use of Compensating Aids

Riders are encouraged to be as able as possible and to only use compensating aids where necessary. The use of appropriate compensating aids will be discussed with individual riders during the registration process and will be documented on the Endurance GB Para-Equestrian Identification Card where they require an exemption to a particular Endurance GB rule. Use of any equipment which is not covered in the rules must be supported by medical documentation. Certain compensating aids may need especial classification following discussion and review by the Endurance GB Para-Equestrian Registration Committee and, where necessary, evidence of self-insurance.

It is the responsibility of each rider to ensure all compensating aids they use in competition have been approved and are documented correctly on their Endurance GB Para-Equestrian Identification Card. It is the responsibility of each rider to inform the Endurance GB Para-Equestrian Registration Committee if their individual need for compensating aids changes

The Technical Steward, Chief Steward or Technical Delegate at any event has the right to inspect the aids and declare an aid unsafe for horse or rider. At no time should a rider be secured in any way to the saddle or the horse. The rider must be able to fall free of the horse at all times.