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.

Riders with a registered disability can register with Endurance GB as a Para Endurance rider and this will allow them to take advantage of the additional support in this section of the handbook. Please contact the Office at Endurance GB for further details.

Endurance GB Para-Equestrian Endurance Identification Card

To participate in Endurance GB rides as a Para Endurance Rider, the rider must have a validated ID card, available from the Endurance GB office, to show Endurance GB officials, completed by a registered Doctor or physiotherapist. This card will list the additional support that is available to the rider.

Card details are checked as correct by the Head Classifier at Endurance GB.


Para-Equestrian Endurance will include rides ranging from 1km to 160km. Rides from 1-10km will be run at RDA centres and anything above this will normally be at an official Endurance GB Organised Ride.

Endurance GB Rides - there are three types of Endurance GB Rides:

·           Pleasure Rides (PR) (Training, Social or Group)

·           Graded Endurance Rides (GER)

·           Competitive Endurance Rides (CER)


All riders competing under Para-Equestrian Endurance rules must be clearly recognised and wear the identification provided by Endurance GB.

Escort Riders

Some disabilities may mean a Para rider needs an escort (this is optional), these will fall into 2 categories and both escort horse and rider must be qualified for the distance and class entered. Escorts must be able-bodied and aged 18yrs or over. Escorts take responsibility for the Para Rider and must stay with them in the event of any emergency. In the event of the escort having to withdraw the Para Rider must also withdraw unless transfer of responsibility can be arranged to another suitable escort, a transfer of responsibility form must be completed (available from website or Endurance GB office).

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.  Entries under this category must be made by post.

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 Rider.

Compensating Aids

The well-being of the horse is paramount in considering the use of any compensating aid.

Para Endurance Riders may use the following types of compensating aids:

·           adaptations or modifications to equipment or attire to compensate for:

·           loss of function e.g. loop reins for a rider with poor grasp

·           poor control of limbs e.g. securing stirrup leathers to the girth, or

·           aids to assist the rider to compete on an equal basis with other riders e.g. use of ridden assistants for riders with a visual impairment or use of whips when there is no active leg control.


Compensating aids can be divided into the following categories.

Modifications and/or adaptations to:

· Saddlery

  • Saddles
  • Stirrups
  • Bridles/
  • Reins


· Other riding equipment

  • Whips
  • Riding attire
  • Gloves
  • Riding footwear

· Postural supports and orthoses

  • Straps to control body parts
  • Prostheses
  • Braces


Use of Aids (may require exemption to a particular Endurance GB rule but will be allowed on production of an Endurance GB PE Identity Card)

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 classification process and will be documented on the Para-Equestrian Endurance Classification card.

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 Identity card (Endurance GB Para-Endurance Identity card).

·           Use of any equipment which is not covered in the rules must be supported by medical documentation and supported by the Classifier for approval by Endurance GB Rides and Rules committee.

·           All riders are responsible for having their Endurance GB Para-Endurance Identity cards with them at competitions and the Chief Steward or TD may request to see the card at any time.

·           The Technical Steward, Chief Steward or Technical Delegate (TD) 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.

·           Adaptations to equipment or Velcro or similar materials that assist in the balance of the rider may change the functional profile of that rider. Riders may be re-classified and, as a result, may change Grade. The competitor would then have the option to ride in the higher Grade or not to use such adapted equipment.

·           Velcro/hook and loop closures may be used to assist the rider in the saddle. The total amount of Velcro, or similar material, allowed by any one competitor must not be more than 50 square cm. and must not exceed the dimensions of 3 cm. x 6 cm. per overlap contact. The total area of Velcro or similar material per leg must not exceed 3 cm. wide by 6 cm.

·         Whips

Up to two conventional whips of max 120 cm may be carried if required. Any alteration to conventional whips must be approved by the TD, Chief Steward or President of the Ground Jury. A whip is used on one or both sides. Whips may compensate for those unable to use their legs effectively for leg aids and may only be carried by riders who are able to control their hand movements. The whip may be attached to a glove or other clothing, as long as it will break free from the rider.

Commonly used compensating aids

Description of commonly used compensating aids

Saddle Stirrups bridle/reins whips

· Raised pommel

· Raised cantle

· Hard hand holds

· Soft hand holds

· Seat saver

· Knee rolls/blocks

· Thigh rolls/blocks

· Padded saddle flaps

· Rubber bands around foot and stirrup

· Enclosed stirrups

· Strap from stirrup leather to girth

· Strap from stirrup to girth

· One stirrup

· No stirrups

· Looped rein/s

· Connecting bar reins

· Bridging rein

· Ladder reins

· Rein guides (rein through ring on saddle)

· Reins attached to stirrups

· Elastic insert in reins

· One whip

· Two whips

· Strap attaching whip to hand

Riding attire posture, postural supports & orthoses other aids

· No gloves

· No boots

· Modified riding boots

· Velcro strap across thigh to saddle

· L or R Arm sling

· Neck collar

· Ankle foot orthoses

· Prosthesis

· Wrist brace

· Back support

· Trunk support

· Rides with one hand

· Use of radio frequency device (for hearing impaired)

Where other equipment or aids are required then permission must be sought from the Chair of Operations.