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2016 Paralympic Games

Qualification & eligibility for the 2016 Rio Paralympic Games

Clarification with regards to the difference between "qualification" and "eligibility" that are an essential part of the qualification procedure for the 2016 Rio Paralympic Games is below. We hope the following information will be of use.


"Qualification" describes the first step on the road to the Paralympic Games and means the process of obtaining a starting slot for a National Paralympic Committee (NPC) at the Paralympic Games. The FEI Paralympic Athletes Ranking List which will be used to allocate individual starting slots is a ranking list of athletes only (regardless of the horse!).


Once an NPC has qualified for the Paralympic Games and was allocated one or more starting slots, their athletes still need to obtain an eligibility score which will certify that the athlete/horse combination has the required skills and experience to compete in the Paralympic Games. The one eligibility score that is required in the process of nominated entries needs to be obtained by the athlete/horse combination. Please be reminded that scores obtained at CPEDI3* Wellington, CPEDI3* Rancho Murieta and CPEDI3* Katy, TX will serve as FEI Eligibility Scores.


As a consequence of the above, National Federations aiming to qualify for the 2016 Paralympic Games still have the opportunity to use borrowed horses or several different horses per athlete in order to obtain ranking points for the Paralympic Ranking List. The athlete/horse combinations that wish to be entered for the Paralympic Games must compete ONCE together at an event between 1st January 2014 and 19th June 2016 in order to obtain ONE eligibility score of at least 60% as an athlete/horse combination.

We hope this clarifies the qualification procedure for the 2016 Rio Paralympic Games. Please don't hesitate to contact Laureen Johnson at lkjohnson@usef.org in case you wish further clarification on this matt

USEF/USPEA Para Equestrian Dressage Centers of Excellence


2015 Para-Equestrian Dressage National Championship

FEI Rules

Invitations To International Competitions

    Applications to compete in FEI International Events may be found here.


  • CPEDI3* Houston, TX, October 26-29, 2015


United States Olympic Committee and U.S. Department of Veterans Affairs Veteran Assistance Program for Para-Equestrian Dressage Athletes

FEI European Dressage Championships for Seniors, including Para-Equestrian

Para Equestrian Pipeline Training Camp, Carlisle, ME, December 5-7, 2015

CPEDIs, Wellington, Florida Paralympic Qualifiers

United States Para-Equestrian Association (USPEA) Para-Equestrian National Affiliate

FEI Calendar Search

FEI Para-Equestrian Dressage results and rankings

FEI Clean Sport Website

Athlete Advisories Regarding Clenbuterol

Athlete Advisories Regarding Clenbuterol Memo

FEI Medication Logbook Template

USOC Athlete Nutrition- Resources and Fact Sheets

USOC Sport Performance/Psychology Resources and Articles

PARA-EQUESTRIAN DRIVING (Please see info above regarding classifications and dispensation certificates

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Para-Equestrian Classes no Longer Exempt from USDF Membership Requirements

Please be advised that beginning in the 2016 competition year, October 1, 2015 to September 30, 2016, riders, owners, and horses competing in para-equestrian classes at USDF-recognized competitions will no longer be exempt from USDF membership requirements. Riders in para-equestrian classes will now be required to have a USDF Group Membership (GM), Participating Membership (PM), or non-member ID, subject to the $25 non-member fee per competition. Owners of horses competing in para-equestrian classes will be required to have a USDF GM, PM, Business Membership, or a USDF non-member ID, subject to the $25 non-member fee per competition. Horses competing in para-equestrian classes will be required to have a USDF Horse Identification Number or a USDF Lifetime Horse Registration.

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