The USEF/USPEA COEs are being developed nationwide and will be the focus for Para-Equestrian Dressage trainer/coach identification and development programs to expand the availability of quality Para-Equestrian sport programs and services offered such as FEI/USEF Classification, Human Sports Science & Medicine (Human SSM) and Equine SSM. The COEs are the primary hubs for delivering the USEF Para-Equestrian Dressage Developing and High Performance Programs. 


Current Accredited Centers of Excellence:

North Texas Equestrian Center (NTEC), Wylie, TX

Contact: Kai Handt, [email protected]


Carlisle Academy – Lyman, ME

Contact: Sarah Armentrout, [email protected]


Ride On Therapeutic Riding Center, Chatsworth, CA

Contact: Megan McQueeney, [email protected]


Healing Strides of VA – Boones Mill, VA

Contact: Carol Young, [email protected]


Wheatland Farm Equestrian Center – Purcellville, VA

Contact: Muriel Forrest, [email protected]


Vinceremos Therapeutic Riding Center – Loxahatchee, FL

Contact: Susan Guinan, [email protected]



Laura Roberts, Director Dressage Performance & Event Support/COE Coordinator

[email protected] or 859-225-6986


Carlisle Academy Para Dressage Symposium May 25-26, 2018


Centers of Excellence - Application

Fillable PDF Application

Centers of Excellence - Open Letter

Open Letter to all interested in Para-Equestrian Dressage from Will Connell, US Equestrian Director of Sport

Centers of Excellence - Press Release

USEF and USPEA Partner to Create International Para-Equestrian Dressage Centers of Excellence

Centers of Excellence - Program Overview

Introduction and overview of the program

Paralympic Equestrian Sport Initiative for Veterans Pipeline Development

Veterans Flyer