US Equestrian offices will be closed on Monday, May 27th in observance of Memorial Day.

The USEF Para-Equestrian Dressage Centers of Excellence (COE), founded in 2015, are designed to grow the sport of para-dressage throughout the United States, playing a critical role in pipeline development - from grassroots all the way through to elite levels of athlete and coach education and support. By providing multiple centers of instruction and technical dressage training throughout the United States, the COE initiative provides athletes with disabilities the opportunity to discover competitive para-dressage at both the national and eventually CPEDI level, at locations convenient to them.

COE Directory

Carlisle Academy (Lyman, ME)

Healing Strides of VA (Boones Mill, VA)

Maryland Therapeutic Riding Center (Crownsville, MD)

North Texas Equestrian Center (Wylie, TX)

Ride On (Chatsworth, CA)

Therapeutic Riding, Inc (Ann Arbor, MI)

Thorncroft, Therapeutic Horseback Riding, Inc (Malvern, PA)

Unicorn Riding (Pennington, NJ)

Wheatland Farm (Purcellville, VA)


Questions? Contact: Laureen Johnson, [email protected]


Centers of Excellence - Program Overview

Framework of the program

Centers of Excellence - Application

Fillable PDF Application. Due February 15, 2024.

Centers of Excellence Funding Principles

COE Funding Principles, subject to availability of funds.