What's it all about?
If you’ve spent Saturday afternoon listening to your fav tunes and daydreaming about doing a sweet dance routine with your pet dog or llama, then we have the only sport that features an animal and you need to check it out. It’s para equestrian! Here’s the lowdown.
How it's played
Things to watch for
- A type of riding or “discipline” that you will see in competition at the para equestrian events.
- Horse and rider move gracefully around the arena to show off a set routine of movements set to music.
- The freestyle event really lets a rider and their horse shine.
- The riders with the best scores from the team and individual events get to pick their own routine and set it to their own choice of music.
- Athletes with lower body paralysis are allowed to use one or two whips to control their horse.
- The whips help to let the horse know what movements the rider wants the horse to make.