The word “Paralympic” derives from the Greek preposition “para” (beside or alongside) and the word “Olympic”. The Paralympic Games are parallel to the Olympic Games and is the second largest multi-sport event in the world!
The Paralympic Games are the pinnacle of the career of Paralympic athletes and take place every two years alternating between summer and winter Games.
Para-Equestrian Dressage has been part of the Paralympic Games since Atlanta 1996. Since then Para-Equestrian riders around the world, along with their counterparts, have become recognized for their abilities as truly elite sportsmen and women, creating more opportunities for people with disabilities to get involved in sport at all levels.
Canadian Para-Equestrian Team
Canada’s Para-Equestrian athletes have had tremendous international success over the past several years, making Para-Equestrian one of Canada’s most successful international Paralympic sports.
A team of four riders represented Canada at the 2004 Paralympic Games in Athens, Greece, where Karen Brain secured two individual bronze medals for Canada.
At the 2008 Paralympic Games in Hong Kong, China, Canada fielded a team of five riders, with Lauren Barwick achieving an individual gold medal and an individual silver medal.
A team of four riders represented Canada at the 2012 Paralympic Games in London, England, achieving a top 3 finish and four top 6 finishes within an increasingly competitive field.
Maximizing the momentum from the team’s fantastic results at the 2014 Alltech World Equestrian Games is Para-Equestrian Canada’s priority focus to ensure lasting improvement moving forward and that our riders are given the best possible chance to achieve their goals at the Rio 2016 Paralympic Games.