Classification for Para-Equestrian sport enables the grouping of Athletes into Grades according to how much their impairment affects the fundamental activities required for Para-Reining.

The purpose of the Classification system is to promote participation in sport by individuals with Eligible Impairments by minimizing the impact of the Impairment on the outcome of competition.

As a result of the Classification process the Athlete is allocated a Grade according to how much their Impairment impacts on the core determinants of success in Para-Equestrian sport. Classification is undertaken to ensure that an Athletes’ Impairment is relevant to performance on the horse. Classification thereby provides a framework for fair and equitable competition.

Classification is a statement of fact, not a test, while the judgement of the Athlete’s ability when riding the horse is the function of the Competition, not the Classification. The purpose of the Competition is to reward skill; Classification must therefore not penalize those who have achieved a high skill level.

There is only one type of classification, National (USEF), for Para-Reining.  Currently, the Para-Reining classification process is based on the approved Para-Dressage classification system.  All Athletes with Impairment who intend to enter National (USEF) Para-Equestrian Reining competition must proceed through the USEF Classification process conducted by a USEF Classifier. The criteria for eligibility for Classification should be established before the Athlete proceeds to Evaluation by applying for a USEF Classification through their National Federation (USEF) by contacting Laureen Johnson, USEF Director of Para-Equestrian Sport at [email protected] or (859) 225-7693.   Once eligibility is established the Impairment is assessed based on the current Para-Dressage Classification system to determine if the Minimal Impairment Criteria is met to be classifiable.  The USEF standard is greater than 15% loss of power, range or coordination in at least one upper and/or lower limb.

Classification for Para-Equestrian focuses on Impairments which may be broadly classified as physical (movement and mobility) or sensory (visual). The Classification assessment will determine the Athletes Impairment Profile which then enables the allocation of a Grade for competition. The Grade includes a number of Profiles which have been combined according to how the Impairment impacts the core determinants for the sport.

There are five Grades for Para-Equestrian Dressage/Reining Events. Grade I is for the Athletes with a severe Impairment; Grade V is for the Athletes with the least Impairment. The sixth Grade is for Athletes deemed Not Eligible as a result of the Classification process.


FEI Consent for Classification

FEI Consent for Classification

USEF Certificate of Diagonsis

USEF Certificate of Diagonsis

USEF Classification Request Form

Classification Request Form