|Para-Equestrian Canada Coaching Clinic Offered at the Royal Agricultural Winter Fair||| Print ||
September 24, 2008 —Para-Equestrian Canada (PEC) is pleased to offer a coaching clinic on November 13th, 2008 at the Royal Agricultural Winter Fair. The clinic is designed to educate coaches on topics associated with coaching riders with a disability and to encourage Equine Canada certified coaches to include riders with disabilities in their training and competitive programs.
It is anticipated that those who attend will be able to use knowledge acquired from the clinic to introduce more people with disabilities to equestrian sport and to identify and encourage potential Para-Equestrian (PE) competitors.
The clinic has been developed by the members of the PEC Coaching Committee.
Attendance at this clinic will qualify for six upgrading hours.
About the Para-Equestrian Discipline
In Para-Equestrian, each rider is classified according to his or her functional ability. They are assessed by trained physiotherapists and doctors who evaluate either muscle strength, coordination, or a combination thereof throughout the athlete’s body. The rider is then given a functional profile that indicates the grade in which they can compete. 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. The competition within each grade is judged on the functional skill of the rider, and not the level of disability.
About Para-Equestrian Canada
Para-Equestrian Canada is the discipline committee of Equine Canada that is responsible for developing and implementing programs on behalf of the Para-Equestrian community and administrating the high performance program for dressage riders with a disability. For additional information regarding Para Equestrian Canada please visit www.equinecanada.ca/para-equestrian.