DRIVERS WITH DISABILITIES

Since the introduction of driving trials, the sport has grown rapidly in popularity. It is a sport that has "No Limits", catering for everyone at all levels.

Many able-bodied and disabled people receive a tremendous amount of enjoyment from their contact with horses and now driving trials have become an increasingly popular sport for people challenged by disability, with competition between all abilities on a level playing field.

As seen in National competition, the number of drivers with disabilities is on the increase. Not only does driving trials encourage equal competition, it also provides a great adrenaline rush.

With encouragement from the FEI, many countries are entering their disabled drivers in both national and international competitions.

Competing with disabilities in mainstream competition

British Carriagedriving endorses the principle of sports equality and will strive to ensure that everyone who wishes to be involved in horse driving trials has a genuine and equal opportunity to participate to the full extent of their own ambitions and abilities.

Drivers with disabilities often have significant mobility challenges which can compromise their ability to compete on an even playing field and in some instances this can compromise the driver's feeling of safety and security in the box seat and can put additional responsibility on their team members, particularly the backstepper.

Drivers with disabilities can apply to British Carriagedriving to use approved compensating aids or other reasonable adjustments to facilitate participation in club and national events.

 Drivers with disabilities protocol  PDF▼ 

To compete in specific “Para Driving” classes at national or international level you will need to obtain a Para classification from a national or international assessor.


Classification

Para drivers are categorised into Grades, following an assessment by a National or International Classifier.

For more information on Classification CLICK HERE


Carriage Driving Sports Group for drivers with disabilities

The Carriage Driving Sports Group for Drivers with Disabilities promotes competitive carriage driving for disabled people in Britain. CLICK HERE to visit their website.

Para Driving is an FEI discipline. CLICK HERE to go to their website.

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