Special Olympics Minnesota athletes who compete in the equestrian events learn to develop sports skills and gain the self-confidence to direct and control a horse. Athletes are able to compete in a variety of individual English and Western-style events and drill teams. As in all Special Olympics sports, athletes are grouped in competition divisions according to ability level and age (athletes are not separated by gender).


English Equitation
Stock Seat Equitation
English Obstacle
Western Working Trails
Showmanship at Halter/Bridle Classes
Barrel Class (A1, B1 and C1 Levels Only)
Pole Weaving (A1, B1 and C1 Levels Only)

A1: Can perform walk, trot, and canter independently
B1: Can perform walk and trot independently
BS or B3: Can perform walk and trot supported
C1: Can perform walk independently
CS or C2: Can perform walk supported