Para-Equestrian Canada Funds Competition Initiatives

January 9, 2014

Ottawa, ON -- Para-Equestrian Canada has awarded grants to five therapeutic riding centres to help fund initiatives that provide new competition opportunities or increase existing competition programs for riders with a disability.

In the third grant series of the season, grants were awarded to the following centres:

  1. Cowichan Therapeutic Riding Association (Duncan, B.C.)
  2. Little Bits Therapeutic Riding Association (Edmonton, AB)
  3. Pony Pals Therapeutic Riding Association (Delta, BC)
  4. SARI Therapeutic Riding (Arva, Ontario)
  5. North Fraser Therapeutic Riding Association (Maple Ridge, BC)

The Para-Equestrian Canada competition grant program, introduced in 2008, has awarded more than 61 grants over the past five years to Canada's therapeutic riding centres. Some examples of how the grants have assisted in introducing riders to sport include: funding for in-house shows, subsidies for riders to receive competitive experience, and funding for new competition-based riding programs.

Para-Equestrian Canada implements a number of programs that support the development of athletes, with the objective of strengthening the athlete pathway within the high performance stream.

For questions related to this project or any other Para-Equestrian Canada initiatives, please contact Para-Equestrian Canada at para-equestrian@equinecanada.ca or 613-287-1515 ext. 143.

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About Para-Equestrian Canada
Para-Equestrian Canada is the Equine Canada committee responsible for developing programs for athletes with a physical disability, and implementing the Para-Dressage high performance program. Para-Equestrian is one of Canada's most successful international disciplines, achieving an individual gold medal and an individual silver medal at the 2008 Paralympic Games, as well as two individual bronze medals at the 2004 Paralympic Games.

About Para-Equestrian Sport
Para-Equestrian sport provides riders with a physical disability the opportunity to compete against other riders with similar abilities. Riders are given a "Grade" based on their functional ability, and are judged on their riding skill against other athletes of the same Grade. There are five grades of competitions in dressage, with Grade IA representing the more severely impaired riders, and Grade IV representing the least severely impaired riders. Many Para-Equestrian athletes also compete alongside able-bodied competitors in Equine Canada competitions. At the grass roots level, Para-Equestrian encompasses a number of different disciplines, while the international stream focuses only on Para-Dressage. For more information, please visit www.equinecanada.ca/para-equestrian.

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Source/Source : Carmen Marson-Awad
Communications & Media Relations Coordinator
Coordonnatrice, communications et relations avec les médias
Equine Canada/Canada Hippique
Tel./Tél. (613) 287-1515 ext. 136
E-mail/Courriel : cmarson-awad@equinecanada.ca