It takes time to become graded as a Para Equestrian, so plan ahead now. You need to submit your application a minimum of six weeks in advance of the evaluation dates you would like to attend. All applications need to be supported by your doctor or consultant.

National classification Process

The Application form  (available here) will be reviewed and if you have an eligible medical diagnosis, you will be invited to attend an Athlete Evaluation (physical assessment) at one of the National Classification Hubs. There only are a limited number of appointments at each Hub.

More information

The classification system is designed to enable disabled riders and drivers to compete on equal terms against each other in para dressage and para driving. Athletes are classified according to their disability across a range of grades, which determine the complexity of the movements that they need to perform in competition.

National classification administration

British Equestrian is responsible for managing National Classification on behalf of British Dressage, Riding for the Disabled Association (RDA) and British Carriage Driving, allowing athletes to participate in para equestrian competitions within their chosen discipline. 


23-25 February 2024

Para Winter Championships

Myerscough College, Preston PR3 0RY

Sunday 3 March 2024

White Rocks Farm

Underriver, Sevenoaks, Kent TN15 0SL

Sunday 17 March 2024

Riding for Rehab

York YO19 6DN

Saturday 13 April 2024

Funded by BHS Scotland: Stirling

Suite A3, Stirling Agriculture Centre, Stirling FK9 4RN

12th-14th July 2024

RDA National Championships

Hartpury College, Gloucester GL19 3BE

16th November 2024

RDA National Training Centre

Lowlands Equestrian Centre, Shrewley CV35 7AX

The Happiness Horsebox CIC is a not-for-profit organisation, registered in England and Wales under company number 12901225 at Pentland, GU5 9EW. It is based in South Oxfordshire and travels to events within c. 50 miles
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