The Equestrians with Disabilities AQHA-approved competition is open to people with physical or mental disabilities and love competing with the American Quarter Horse. AQHA teams with alliance partner Professional Association of Therapeutic Horsemanship International to provide these opportunities.
To compete in AQHA-approved Equestrians with Disabilities competitions, two forms must first be completed. The two forms – AQHA membership, diagnosis and adaptive equipment – have been packaged for your convenience.
Download the AQHA membership application for Equestrians with Disabilities.
AQHA and AQHYA members have a type of competition that offers people with certain mental and physical challenges the thrill of showing an American Quarter Horse. It provides an arena for everyone to enjoy the rewards of hard work, determination and perseverance. This program allows you to show in AQHA EWD classes and earn points for year-end, high-point awards, along with the satisfaction of a job well done.
There are 20 classes:
Visit www.aqha.com/showschedule to find upcoming AQHA-approved Equestrians with Disabilities competitions.
The Equestrians with Disabilities competition is the result of several years of letters, calls, meetings and task forces to develop a program to meet the needs of competitors. Representatives from PATH, Special Olympics and therapeutic riding centers, along with several individuals, provided input and guidance to create the classes, rules and guidelines.
This competition is just like any other AQHA show event, with exhibitors earning awards and recognition, all while enjoying their American Quarter Horse.
Special adaptive equipment may be used where appropriate and be suitable for the horse.
AQHA’s online show calendar is a great resource to find upcoming AQHA shows. Here’s how to use it:
Classes are judged or scored in concert with the existing rules found in the AQHA Handbook.
USA Reining, together with the United States Para-Equestrian Association, as well as founding partners AQHA and the National Reining Horse Association, are thrilled to present the introduction of reining into the para-equestrian movement by way of para-reining. Learn more about the para-reining program at www.usa-reining.com.
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