This page draws together equestrian-related information for all of Special Olympics. The coaching materials and other links will help you get a good sense of how this sport contributes to Special Olympics.


Get an overview of the sport of Special Olympics equestrian.  View Equestrian Fact Sheet

Equestrian is one of the most fascinating sports during the Special Olympics World Games. The balance, the stability and the right communication between the horse and the rider is a key element for success in Equestrian sport.

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September 05, 2014 | North America: Georgia

Equestrian Athlete Plays Softball at State Fall Games in Gainesville; While Some Compete at the State Horse Show Next Month

By Wendy Bigham

Beth Bridgers will play softball at Special Olympics Georgia's State Fall Games

Cobb County Athlete Beth Bridgers will switch from holding a horse's bridle at the State Horse Show to swinging a bat at State Fall Games this year; which are both being held in Gainesville October 10th-12th.View Story Cobb County Athlete Beth Bridgers will switch from holding a horse's bridle at the State Horse Show to swinging a bat at State Fall Games this year; which are both being held in Gainesville October 10th-12th. "I'm excited," Beth said. "I get a hit in about every inning. The coach didn't know I hit that well!" Beth said and laughed. Not everyone knows she already has a history with softball as a youngster. Soon, however, she will once again prepare to return to showing horses after Fall Games. At Fall Games, Beth will join an anticipated 1,500 athletes and unified partners from across the state as they compete in bocce, cycling, golf and softball with competition being at North Hall Park, Laurel Park and Chicopee Woods Golf Couse. The State Horse Show also being held that weekend will be at Chicopee Woods Agricultural Center. That weekend, both State Games will feature an Opening Ceremony Friday night with competition continuing Saturday and Sunday morning. Athletes will al

About Wendy Bigham:Wendy Bigham is the senior public relations manager at Special Olympics Georgia, headquartered in Atlanta.
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July 24, 2014 | Latin America: Mexico

Therapy Involving Horses is Introduced to Special Olympics Athletes in Baja California

By Paola Martinelli

Adrian Dominguez Sandoval, Special Olympics athlete.

Special Olympics athletes experienced the benefits of Equine-Assisted Therapy (Horse-Assisted Therapy) while attending the 2nd Annual Inclusive Reunion by the Special Care Center for Autism in Baja California.
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Special Olympics athletes experienced the benefits of Equine-Assisted Therapy (Horse-Assisted Therapy) while attending the 2nd Annual Inclusive Reunion by the Special Care Center for Autism in Baja California. The event brought together various organizations that serve people with disabilities from Ensenada and Tecate, Mexico. One of the organizations who attended the event was The Riding Angels Association of Tecate who provided a demonstration of their Equine-Assisted Therapy service. Equine-Assisted Therapy is a treatment that involves activities with horses that promote physical, occupational, and emotional growth in people with special needs.

About Paola Martinelli:National Director of Communications and Marketing; National Director of the Athletes Leaders Program Regional Advisory Committee for Unified Sports
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June 02, 2014 | Europe Eurasia: Israel

Equestrian - A New Sports at Special Olympics Israel

By Reuven Astrachan

A seminar for the horse riding sports held at the Vered Hagalil Stables led to a competition for 35 new Special Olympics equestrian athletes the next day.View Story A seminar for the Horse Riding Sports was held at the Vered Hagalil Stables from May 22 - 23, 2014. 20 horse riding trainers, instructors and therapists from a number of stables participated in the seminar. The Seminar was conducted by Ms. Jadwiga (Jagoda) Maciaszek, the Special Olympics Europe/Eurasia Equestrian sport advisor. The rules of the sport pursuant to Special Olympics rules were studied at the seminar, as well as the holding of capability level allocation competitions, planning competition tracks, safety etc. In addition, the participants heard explanations regarding the global Special Olympics organization and about Special Olympics Israel activities. The next day, a competition was held for 35 athletes / riders of varying levels of capability, who came from a number of riding stables all over the country. The athletes were divided into 7 categories, according to their level of competence (from low capability level riders who were assisted by a walker holding the horse’s reins and up to riders at a high level of capability, who ride without any assistance). At the end of each heat, all the participants were awarded medals according to the ranking they attained based on the decision of the judging team. Ms. Jagoda assisted in preparing the competition and in designing the track, and during the course of the competition, directed the senior judging team, with various adjustments of judging within Special Olympics rules. We were given the green light by Ms. Jagoda and her blessing to continue developing this sport at Special Olympics Israel. There is a potential of athletes, there are excellent trainers and instructors and mainly, there is a burning desire to cooperate and to join the Special Olympics Israel Family.

About Reuven Astrachan:I am acting National Director & National Sport Director
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Nov 1 - 3 2014

Special Olympics Nippon National Summer Games Fukuoka 2014

Athletes from all over Japan will come to the city of Fukuoka for the 2014 Special Olympics Fukuoka Games to participate in 3 days of competition in 12 sports. Athletes will compete in aquatics, athletics, badminton, basketball, bowling, football, golf, gymnastics, table tennis, volleyball and equestrian.
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Multiple locations, Fukuoka
Fukuoka , Kyushu

Jul 24 - Aug 2 2015

World Summer Games Los Angeles 2015

In July of 2015 more than 7,000 athletes from 170 countries will come to Los Angeles, California for the Special Olympics World Summer Games and enjoy 10 days full of joy, friendship and competition. Athletes will compete in 22 sports. The event expects to attract 500,000 spectators and 30,000 volunteers and 3,000 coaches.
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Various Locations, Los Angeles
Los Angeles , California

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2011 Special Olympics World Summer Games

Athens, Greece, was the home of the 2011 Special Olympics World Summer Games. That year, it was the world’s largest sporting event for athletes with intellectual disabilities. See results by athlete, delegation and bib number.

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