Equestrian

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.


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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.


Equestrian Stories and News


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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May 22, 2014 | North America: North Carolina

Competing in Two Worlds

By Andrea N Williams

I am currently competing in dressage, a competitive equestrian event, against people who are not intellectually challenged. I compete in a local schooling show and I am causing quite a stir.View Story I am currently competing in dressage, a competitive equestrian event, against people who are not intellectually challenged. I compete in a local schooling show and I am causing quite a stir. In fact, I always bring home the ribbons in this particular show include a perfect score in a walk only test. I am now working on Special Olympics. I want to be the first person to compete in both Special Olympics and the Olympics. Yes, it is legal for me to do so because I have personally contacted FEI and asked them. I would love to support my country next year in Los Angeles and have one jewel of my own equestrian crown.

About Andrea N Williams:I have high functioning autism. I compete in dressage. I would love to be a Special Olympics Athlete Leader. I am hoping I can persuade Michael Poulin who was on the equestrian team that went to the Olympic games in Barcelona to become a global ambassador for the sport I love so much here.
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May 14, 2014 | SOI General: Headquarters

Seeking Experienced Officials for the LA 2015 Games

By Sara Prescott

Special Olympics welcomes applications for volunteer sport officials for the 2015 Special Olympics World Summer Games in Los Angeles California, 24 July – 2 August 2015. The application deadline is July 1.View Story Special Olympics is accepting applications for volunteer sport officials for the 2015 Special Olympics World Summer Games in Los Angeles California, 24 July – 2 August 2015. In most cases, Special Olympics will select officials who are already certified by a related sports federation and who have Special Olympics officiating experience. Applications must be received by no later than July 1 2014. Please use the link below for more information and to download applications.

About Sara Prescott:I am the Administrative Assistant of Sports Training & Competition at Special Olympics.
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Equestrian Events


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Location

Aug 22 - 24 2014

Georgia Horse Show

Join us on August 22-24 as over 200 Special Olympics athletes and 25 Unified Partners from around the state head to Gainesville, Georgia for the State Horse Show. The competition will feature riders in dressage, showmanship, walking trail, English and Western style riding. Come experience this unique and exciting event!
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Stephen Sparks
Email:stephen.sparks@specialolympicsga.org
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Chicopee Woods Agricultural Center
1855 Calvary Church Rd

Gainesville, Georgia
UNITED STATES

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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Sayaka Sonobe
Email:tokyo_office@son.or.jp
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Multiple locations, Fukuoka
Fukuoka , Kyushu
JAPAN

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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World Summer Games Los Angeles 2015
Email:info@la2015.org
Phone:213-892-6018
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Various Locations, Los Angeles
Los Angeles , California
UNITED STATES

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Equestrian Competitions

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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