The Equestrian Association for The Disabled (TEAD) in Mount Hope is the recipient of one of four grants awarded to therapeutic riding centres offering new competitive opportunities or increase their existing competition program to riders with a disability.
The $500 awards are a joint project between Para-Equestrian Canada and Sport Canada to encourage the participation of riders with a disability in competition. Other receiving the grant are North Fraser Therapeutic Riding Association, Maple Ridge, B.C.; Lanark County Therapeutic Riding Program, Carleton Place, ON;, and Willowbank Equestrian Centre, Plantagenet, ON
Some examples of how the grants will help therapeutic riding centres introduce riders to Para-equestrian sport include: the purchase of video equipment to film riders competing in video competitions, improved coaching, travel subsidies and funding for a new para-dressage ring.
Para-Equestrian Canada is the Equine Canada committee responsible for developing programs for athletes with a physical disability, and implementing the Para-Dressage high performance program. Para-Equestrian is one of Canada’s most successful international disciplines, achieving an individual gold medal and an individual silver medal at the 2008 Paralympic Games, as well as two individual bronze medals at the 2004 Paralympic Games.