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August 24, 2009 — Para-Equestrian Canada has launched a search for an Ontario-based regional development coach.
The ideal candidate would be a qualified dressage coach and rider, possessing knowledge of or experience with riders with disabilities. The selected individual will fill an important role within the organization by transitioning athletes to higher levels of competition, both nationally and abroad.

“Our development coaches assess athletes who demonstrate an interest in Para-Dressage,” said Elizabeth Robinson, chair of the Para-Equestrian Canada High Performance Committee. “They identify and train future team members — and in this way contribute to the integrity of the sport within Canada.”

Para-Dressage already has a strong national development program, as demonstrated by impressive international standings in the last several years.

The regional development coach will operate with the instruction of the national team coach, as well as under the leadership of the organization’s Para-Equestrian High Performance Committee.

Para-Equestrian Canada will accept applications for this position up to September 15, 2009. They can be sent to the attention of Amie O’Shaughnessy, Manager Para-Equestrian at the Equine Canada office 308 Legget Dr., Suite 100, Ottawa, ON, K2K 1Y6, Fax: 613-248-3484 or e-mail This e-mail address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it .

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.

About Equine Canada

Equine Canada is Canada’s national governing body for equestrianism.  A member-driven, charitable institution, it is the executive branch of the Canadian Equestrian Team, and the national authority for equestrian competition; the national voice for recreational riders; and the national association for equine welfare, breeding, and industry.  Equine Canada is recognized by the Government of Canada, the International Equestrian Federation (FEI), and the Canadian Olympic Committee as the national organization representing equestrian sport and equine interests. For more information about Equine Canada, please visit www.equinecanada.ca.