Para Riders are Ready for the Off

All 100 horses contesting the Para Dressage passed the trot up yesterday morning and they, along with their riders will be representing a total of 33 nations across all five grades at the 7th World Equestrian Games in the Hippodrome at Caen’s La Prairie racecourse.

Para Riders are Ready for the Off
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Aside from the usual contenders - the Brits, the Germans, the Dutch, the Irish and the Danish - there is a world record representation this year with combinations from across the Globe, from Canada to Israel, South Africa to Hong Kong and all manner of nations in between.

Of all of the grades in Para Dressage, the most strongly contested grade is Ib, where 25 riders from 20 nations will compete to be the World’s best. Conversely the least populated competition is grade II where only 16 riders will make their bid for the title, yet this class has the highest number of separate nations being represented with 15 in total. For the rest of the grades - Ia, III and IV respectively – there are 23 riders from 20 nations, 19 riders from 14 nations and 17 riders from 15 nations making their challenge to become the champion of their grade.

There are a total of 18 medals to be won throughout the five days of competition, three per grade and three team medals. Teams consist of four preselected riders out of a maximum of five representatives and riders can span across any grades. Of the four riders, the three top scores will be counted and the fourth will be a discard score, the team rankings and medals will then be determined on an aggregation of the highest scores.

The world’s highest ranked riders will all be contesting their grades to prove their place and claim a medal. Among the top 10 world rankings alone there are four Dutch riders, one Brit, and a German, all whom are in strong medal contention and will be vying for their place on the podium.

The stage is set, the opposition is strong and the riders will show you a new level of humbling determination that you have never prepared for the hottest Para Dressage competition to ever hit an arena of the World Equestrian Games.

For a link to the full start lists 

CLICK HERE for Grade Ia

CLICK HERE for Grade Ib




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