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This page draws together equestrian-related information for all of Special Olympics. The coaching materials and other links will help you get a good sense of how this sport contributes to Special Olympics.


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Get an overview of the sport of Special Olympics equestrian.  View Equestrian Fact Sheet

Equestrian is one of the most fascinating sports during the Special Olympics World Games. The balance, the stability and the right communication between the horse and the rider is a key element for success in Equestrian sport.


Equestrian Stories and News


April 21, 2015 | Middle East North Africa: Egypt

Omar El Shenawy beats the odds to reach his goal

By Noha Gaballa

Omar receiving the award for his acheivments

selected to serve as a Special Olympics Sargent Shriver International Global Messenger. He is a drummer, university student and one of the most prominent equestrian champions in the Middle East-North Africa region.View Story Omar El Shenawy, a 20-year-old Special Olympics athlete, was selected to serve as a Special Olympics Sargent Shriver International Global Messenger. He is a drummer, university student and one of the most prominent equestrian champions in the Middle East-North Africa region. He participated in Special Olympics local and regional games and earned many gold medals. Omar’s mother, Mira, was totally devoted to her son and exerted all the needed efforts and break down all the barriers she faced to make him a well-educated champion. His nonstop efforts are the reason that he was selected to represent the Middle East-North Africa region and its athletes. In his role as an International Global Messenger, he will help spread the message of acceptance,friendship and dignity for all the intellectual disabilities athletes around the world. His role gives him the chance to declare that all people deserve to be included and respected for who they are. "It’s time to redefine our world and take our rights in our societies," Omar said. Omar has given speeches at local and regional Special Olympics events; he talked about himself and his hopes. He received endless applause from the audience.

About Noha Gaballa:Noha Gaballa: Special Olympics Middle East-North Africa Staff
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January 29, 2015 | Asia Pacific: Australia

Having Velo Cardio Facial Syndrome Has Not Stop Me from Competing in Equestrian Competitions

By Raymond Tanner (Andrew's father)

photo of Andrew riding in the SO Nationals in Melbourne 2014

My name is Andrew Tanner and I was recently selected to represent Australia in the Special Olympics equestrian team and I will be competing at the 2015 World Summer Games in Los Angeles this July.View Story My name is Andrew Tanner and I was recently selected to represent Australia in the Special Olympics equestrian team and I will be competing at the 2015 World Summer Games in Los Angeles this July. Due to having Velo Cardio Facial syndrome I have faced many challenges. First of all I was born with 2 holes in the heart which were repaired when I was a baby. However, during surgery I had a stroke which caused me to become Intellectually Disabled. As a result of having VCFS, I also need to do speech therapy & my speech therapist advised me that I should do horse riding with Riding for the Disabled. At the time I was 8 years old. I am now 27. Since being involved with Special Olympics I have won many gold medals, silver medals & some bronze medals. More information on VCFS can be found on www.vcfsef.org.

About Raymond Tanner (Andrew's father):I am Andrew's father & I also have the syndrome. I am one of the major advocates in promoting awareness of Velo Cardio Facial syndrome/Di George/22q11.2 DS. Also, I am one of the oldest people in the world with the syndrome aged 65.
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December 23, 2014 | Latin America: Brazil

The Olympic Dream

By Lisabeth Aleoni Arruda

The kiss of Talisman

São Paulo’s Claudio Aleoni Arruda has 29 years of very significant achievements. He was the first person with Down syndrome to join the Riding School of Equestrian Society of Sao Paulo.View Story São Paulo’s Claudio Aleoni Arruda has 29 years of very significant achievements. He was the first person with Down syndrome to join the Riding School of Equestrian Society of Sao Paulo. He accumulated numerous victories in various competitions with Champion titles and runner-up titles competing in unified events. Speaking of championships in the 2005 jump champion he was crowned in 0.40 cm series of the Sao Paulo Equestrian Society’s internal ranking where he competed with all students in the Riding School. He repeated the feat in 2006 with the 0,60cm series. In 2008, challenging himself, he came in tenth place in the Regional Metropolitan Championship, competing in the unified event. 2009 was the year of "Glory" for has won the runner-up of the Sao Paulo Equestrian 0,60cm series and runner-up in the Regional Metropolitan championship in 0.60 cm series competing with 118 sets and was the only person with Down Syndrome. The turning point was in 2013 when he ended his Equestrian jump Career to devote to “Dressage” in order to one day become a trainer.

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Equestrian Events


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Event

Location

Jul 13 - 14 2015

State Equestrian Competition

Join us July 13-14 at State Fairgrounds in Huron, South Dakota as our athletes compete and show their skill in equestrian competition. Come and cheer on our athletes and witness the power of sports. For more details please use the contact information below.
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Special Olympics South Dakota
Phone:605-331-4117
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State Fairgrounds
Huron, South Dakota
UNITED STATES

Jul 24 - Aug 2 2015

World Summer Games Los Angeles 2015

In July of 2015 more than 7,000 athletes from 170 countries will come to Los Angeles, California for the Special Olympics World Summer Games and enjoy 10 days full of joy, friendship and competition. Athletes will compete in 22 sports. The event expects to attract 500,000 spectators and 30,000 volunteers and 3,000 coaches.
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World Summer Games Los Angeles 2015
Email:info@la2015.org
Phone:213-892-6018
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Various Locations, Los Angeles
Los Angeles , California
UNITED STATES

August 04, 2015

Equestrian Competition

Join us August 4th at Arthur County Fair Grounds in Arthur, Nebraska as our athletes compete and show their skill in equestrian competition. Come and cheer on our athletes and witness the power of sports. For more details please use the contact information below.
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Special Olympics Nebraska
Phone:402-331-5545
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Arthur County Fair Grounds
Arthur, Nebraska
UNITED STATES

Aug 15 - 16 2015

Equestrian Competition

Join us August 15-16 at Winton Woods Academy in Cincinnati, Ohio as our as athletes compete and show their skill in equestrian competition. Come and cheer on our athletes and witness the power of sports. For more details please use the contact information below.
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Special Olympics Ohio
Phone:614-239-7050
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Winton Woods Academy
Cincinnati, Ohio
UNITED STATES

Sep 11 - 12 2015

State Equestrian Competition

Join us September 11-12 in Clovis, New Mexico as our athletes compete and show their skill in equestrian competition. Come and cheer on our athletes and witness the power of sports. For more details please use the contact information below.
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Special Olympics New Mexico
Phone:505-856-0342
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Clovis, New Mexico
UNITED STATES

September 13, 2015

State Equestrian Competition

Join us September 13th at Grand Island in Fonner Park, Nebraska as our athletes compete and show their skill in equestrian competition. Come and cheer on our athletes and witness the power of sports. For more details please use the contact information below.
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Special Olympics Nebraska
Phone:402-331-5545
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Grand Island
Fonner Park, Nebraska
UNITED STATES

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Equestrian Competitions

2011 Special Olympics World Summer Games

Athens, Greece, was the home of the 2011 Special Olympics World Summer Games. That year, it was the world’s largest sporting event for athletes with intellectual disabilities. See results by athlete, delegation and bib number.


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