Countdown to the Games
17-25 June 2023


Schufa logo Presenting Partner equestrian

Know your facts:

  • Equestrian sports have been a part of Special Olympics World Games since 1987
  • Unified Sports? No
  • Estimated number of athletes participating: 127

The skillful interaction between humans and horses is what makes equestrian sports so appealing. Harmonious interaction between the two is the key to success.

In jumping, horse and rider negotiate a course with several obstacles in a set order. The rider's approach to the obstacle and his or her seat is being judged.

In dressage, horse and rider move in unison. Dressage is the foundation of all riding because it depends on the horse obeying weight shifts as well as leg and rein aids.

In English Equitation, the rider and horse complete lessons that are announced by the judges. There is no fixed test. The seat and the influence of the rider in the different gaits are judged.

In Working trails, the horses go over and through obstacles (e.g. slalom, labyrinth). The correct completion of the course, the correct sequence as well as the rider's seat and influence are evaluated.


We have 15 competitions in 4 disciplines and 5 levels:

  1. Jumping (A, BI)
  2. Dressage (A, BI, CI)
  3. English equitation (A, BI, BS, CI, CS)
  4. Working trails (A, BI, BS, CI, CS)

Level A (walk, trot, canter) - Level B (walk and trot) - Level C (walk)
"S" stands for assistance in riding and "I" for independent riding


By the way:

The horse has the largest eyes of all land-dwelling mammals.


The equestrian competitions are ticketed.



All timings of our competitions and award ceremonies.


Spectator Guide

All information for visiting equestrian.

On the photo, there are several athletes riding on their horses during a equestrian competition at the National Games Berlin 2022.
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The photo shows an athlete on her horse during the show jumping competition.
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The photo shows a male rider on a white horse during competition.
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The photo shows a female rider competition on her white horse.
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The photo shows an obstacle course for equestrian outdoors. The ground is sandy and the Horst Korber Sports Center is visible in the background.
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On the photo, there is an athlete doing his equestrian performance with a brown horse.
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The photo shows an athlete during her equestrian performance on her white horse.
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Equestrian takes place at Reitclub on the grounds of Olympiapark.