Equestrian sports events have been a part of Special Olympics since 1983, when the first competition was held in Louisiana, USA. At the 1987 World Games, 38 athletes competed in the equestrian competition, and one year later the sport was added to the official program of Special Olympics Sports . At the 1991 World Games, 140 athletes competed in this event, and in 1995 the number of athletes rose to over 200, representing 33 countries.
Events Special Olympics athletes who compete in the equestrian events learn to ride, develop sports skills and gain the self confidence to direct and control a horse. Athletes are able to compete in a variety of English and Western style events, including relays, drill teams and prix caprilli (jumping events).
Training Location– Patapsco Horse Farm, 2501 Frederick Road, Catonsville, MD 21228