One-Pocket

Equipment

Helmet Horse Riders Attire Saddle Tack

Rules

Description

Special Olympics Equestrian is a collection of equestrian events where all competitors have a physical or mental disability. Special Olympics equestrian is a series of competitive equestrian events held at the World Summer Games and meant for athletes with physical or mental disabilities. Athletes are able to compete in a variety of English and Western-style events, including relays, drill teams and prix caprilli (jumping events). As in all Special Olympics sports, athletes are grouped in competition divisions according to ability level and age (equestrian athletes are not separated by gender).

History

Equestrian debuted at the 1987 Special Olympics World Summer Games in Indian. There, 38 athletes competed in equestrian sports competition, but it was not until one year later that equestrian became an official Special Olympic sport. The 2003 Special Olympics World Summer Games hosted 137 athletes representing 23 countries in the sport. As of the 2005 Special Olympics Athlete Participation Report, 16,914Special Olympics athletes compete in equestrian.