PATHWAY TO COMPETITION
While EPA programs encourage and nurture all pathways to success and health and favours no particular level of competence or experience, we have found that our programs are an effective pathway for some riders to access opportunities to compete in local, national or even international events, access these riders might not otherwise have had.
As part of the Equine Pathways Australia Program, EPA provides assistance, support and expertise to clubs and organisations who have athletes with a disability to integrate these athletes into their club activities and programs and thereby expand the opportunities to compete in equine sports. This support not only provides greater opportunity for people with a disability to also better integrate into the local community, but it is a valuable resource for organisations, clubs and their coaches who conduct equine sports, to provide a more inclusive and supportive environment guided by the appropriate expertise.
For example, our High Performance pathway can start participants on a journey to participation in para-equestrian events at the Paralympics. Like the Olympics, the Paralympics is held every four years, and is one of the world’s leading sporting events. It is regarded as the premier international event for athletes with disabilities.
In 2024, para-equestrian will be one of 22 Paralympics sports at the 2024 Paris Paralympics to be held between 28 August and 8 September 2024 in Versailles, just outside of Paris – one of the world’s most stunning and iconic venues.