Countdown to the Games
17-25 June 2023


Know your facts:

  • Equestrian sports have been a part of Special Olympics World Games since 1987
  • Unified Sports? No
  • Estimated number of athletes participating: 141

The skillful interaction between humans and animals 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. What is important is how the riders approach the obstacle and position themselves over the obstacle.

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, horses perform different gaits. There is no set test, it is up to the judges to decide what they want to see. Judging is based on seat, aids, and the rider's ability to control the horse.

In Working trails, horses go over and through obstacles. Judging is based on error-free completion of the course and the attitude and influence of the person riding.

We have 15 competitions:

  1. Dressage (A, BI, CI)
  2. Jumping (A, BI)
  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 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.