International and National Para Equestrian Driving Classifications are divided into two classes depending on their degree of impairment; Grade I is for the most impaired drivers and Grade II is allocated to those least impacted by their impairment.

In a Team competition, each team has to include one member who is a Grade I.

Frequently Asked Questions

What is Classification?

In order to be classified, you must be medically diagnosed as having a permanent, physical impairment that can be measured objectively by a Para Equestrian Classifier.

For further information concerning Para Driving Classification, please visit British Equestrian - CLICK HERE

Information on FEI International Classification for Para Drivers - CLICK HERE

If I want to compete at Club level do I need to get classified ?

No. However, you will need to check that any club is comfortable with any special considerations you wish them to make. This is for you to discuss with each club on an ad hoc basis.

Note that if you do have a National Classification and Compensation Aids Certificate, it may well be much easier for a club to understand how they go about judging you within a mainstream class.

If I want to compete in mainstream National competition do I need to obtain an FEI International Classification?

No, you only need an International Classification if you wish to compete in an International competition.

What is a Profile ?

A profile identifies all areas of the body that are impaired.

What Compensating Aids can I use as a graded driver?

Refer to the ‘Compensating Aids for Para Driving’ document; this can be found on British Equestrian website - CLICK HERE

This clearly sets out the:

Standard Compensating Aids: These aids, other than approved saddlery or equipment as outlined in the British Dressage, RDA or British Carriagedriving rules, may be used by all graded para-athletes in para competitions. They do not need to be listed on the athlete’s classification card.

Profile Specific Compensating Aids: Other than approved saddlery, these aids may be used by athletes with the corresponding Profiles and Grades as outlined in the Compensating Aids document. These must be listed on the athlete’s classification card.

Non-Standard Compensating Aids: These aids are required by an individual athlete and are not listed or described specifically in the rules. These aids may include modifications to a Standard or Profile-Specific Compensating Aid, or a piece of non-standard equipment that’s been custom-made for an athlete.