Disability Sports Alliance to Host Forum on Judging Dressage
Riders With Physical Disabilities
RIJanuary 22, 2003The National Disability Sports Alliance
(NDSA), in association with USA Equestrian (USAE), will host a forum
on judging dressage riders with physical disabilities at Quiet Oaks
Farm in Winter Garden, FL, March 17-19, 2003.
forum is designed to provide judges with an in-depth review of judging
dressage for riders with disabilities. It will include lecture,
discussion, and demonstration, as well as practical judging of riders
to all USAE judges, the forum will allow for a maximum of 30 participants
accepted on a first-come, first-serve basis. Judges with a dressage
R rating or above will be given priority and may attend
the course free of charge. There is a fee of $50.00 per person for
judges at the lower levels and for observers.
judges who show competency during the practical segment of the forum
will be eligible to become International Paralympic Equestrian Committee
(IPEC) international candidate, provisional, or national level judges.
Chairwoman Jonquil Solt and IPEC Master Judge Alison Mastin will
lead the forum, and all tests will be performed in accordance with
IPEC classes, riders with disabilities are judged with able-bodied
rules, but allowances are given for compensating aids. For example,
in an IPEC class, special reins that can be held in one hand would
not be penalized.
NDSA hosted a similar judges forum in November 2002 at the
United States Equestrian Team (USET) Olympic Training Center in
Gladstone, NJ. Close to 30 judges participated. The forum was a
tremendous success, leading to the call for more forums such as
the one now planned for March.
IPEC is the international governing body for equestrian sports for
riders with disabilities. It is responsible for international rules,
sanctioning of international competitions, and for Paralympic Games
and World Championships. For more information about the IPEC, please
visit their website at www.ipec-athletes.de
or contact Jonquil Solt by email at firstname.lastname@example.org.
National Disability Sports Alliance is the national governing body
for equestrian sport for riders with disabilities. The non-profit
organization is responsible for the development and selection of
riders for national championships and international competitions,
including World Championships and the Paralympic Games, and provides
training, competition and advocacy for riders of all levels with
physical disabilities. For more information about NDSA and opportunities
to support the programs, please visit our website at www.ndsaequestrian.org
or contact Denise Avolio at (914) 949-8166 or email@example.com.
register for the judging forum, please contact Andrea Ice at USA
Equestrian at (859) 225-6977. All other inquiries regarding the
course should be directed to Denise Avolio.
Disability Sports Alliance Equestrian ~ Fact Sheet ~
NDSA Equestrian provides national and international competition
opportunities and training for riders with physical disabilities
who wish to be competitive, regardless of their functional level
or physical disability. Riders are classified by an international
system that evaluates functional ability of the rider and allows
them to be competitive against those with similar disabilities.
There are four classes or grades of riders, ranging
from those with disabilities that allow them to compete at the walk
only, to those who ride tests similar to USA Equestrian's third
or fourth level tests.
The primary goal of NDSA Equestrian is to ensure the competitive
success of riders with disabilities on a national and international
level by providing training, competition and advocacy. Riders of
all levels participate in NDSA sponsored training clinics and symposiums,
and are provided with competitive opportunities both in this country
and abroad. Training and certification is provided for coaches,
judges and other officials. NDSA also works closely with USA Equestrian,
the United States Equestrian Team and the United States Dressage
Federation to provide opportunities for riders with disabilities
within the able-bodied community.
The National Disability Sports Alliance is the national governing
body for equestrian sport for riders with disabilities. In this
role, NDSA is responsible for the selection, training and administration
of teams for World Championships and Paralympic Games.
National Disability Sports Alliance is a 501(c)3 nonprofit organization
that offers sports and education to athletes with physical disabilities
in a variety of sports. A dedicated group of volunteers donate their
time and expertise at every level from the Board of Directors to
the local programming.
is a community based organization member of the United States Olympic
is a rapidly growing national and international sport for riders
with disabilities. Many positive steps are happening, including
a cooperative agreement between International Paralympic Equestrian
Committee (the international governing body of equestrian sport
for riders with disabilities) and International Equestrian Federation.,
and development of a Dispensation Certificate program within USA
Equestrian that allows riders with disabilities to compete against
their able-bodied peers on a level playing field.
Denise Avolio, NDSA Equestrian Sports Manager, (914) 949-8166 or
via email at firstname.lastname@example.org or email@example.com
information, as well as the current calendar of events and latest
news, may be found on the NDSA Equestrian website at www.ndsaequestrian.org