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.


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 15, 2014 | Europe Eurasia: Bulgaria

Ride for Peace in Bulgaria

By Hristo Hristozov

Children with and without intellectual disabilities learned to ride and care for horses in Bulgaria.

The riding school NIESA in Ihtiman, Bulgaria (http://www.ridingcenterbulgaria.com) organized a riding camp for 14 children with and without intellectual disabilities.View Story The riding school NIESA in Ihtiman, Bulgaria (http://www.ridingcenterbulgaria.com) organized a riding camp for 14 children with and without intellectual disabilities. Known as the ‘Ride for Peace’ in recognition of the International Day of Sport for Development and Peace, the camp, held 31 March-6 April 2014, offered children the chance to improve their riding skills and to learn how to care for horses. The camp was held in cooperation with Special Olympics Bulgaria.

About Hristo Hristozov:Hristo Hristozov is National Director of Special Olympics Bulgaria and a keen rider.
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March 31, 2014 | North America: Northern California

World Games Athlete 1999

By scott winfield

In 1999 I was chosen to go to World Games in North Carolina as an Equestrian Competitor. It was very exciting for me to show my skills off to other riders.View Story In 1999 I was chosen to go to World Games in North Carolina as an Equestrian Competitor. During practice we went over Western Riding Barrel Racing Pole Bending and trotting and learning how to do riding hard and learning how to use the reins properly and using my feet. I became a successful rider with our equestrian team in Coos County. During the months of practice we would go to Portland to go to competitions which were very exciting for me to show my skills off to other riders. I then was chosen for World Games and let me tell you the first day was exciting because I got to meet one of the former heavy weight champions from WWF. I also got to spend some time with the President of Special Olympics and she was cool. I took 2nd 3rd and 4th in my competitions so that was exciting and to meet people from all over the world and made a friend who had one arm and he was on the swim team which we got to see and that was awesome. Special Olympics has helped me to be more confident and have fun.

About scott winfield:I play basketball and do swimming golf softball bowling and swimming is my top sport and my swimming mentor Michael Phelps and I also love to compete on horseback. I love to go camping and fishing and take road trips and love adventure.
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November 09, 2013 | North America: Georgia

Georgia Athlete Featured on the Today Show Wins November's Athlete of the Month

By Michael Wilson

Austin Beal of Paulding County won gold medals in three events in October's State Horse Show and was recently featured on the Today Show.View Story Austin Beal of Paulding County won the gold medal in all three of his events in October's State Horse Show. Even though he has been riding since 2006, this was Austin's first time competing in Western Riding yet he was still able to bring home the gold! More recognition came for Austin when he was recently featured on the Today Show. He was selected by his high school's football coach to be an honorary member of the team. He received a team jersey, ate the pre-game meal with the team, rode the team's bus and stood with them on the field for the entire game. Outside of Special Olympics and sports, Austin is a huge Georgia Bulldogs fan and a big-time dancer. Congrats Austin on being named Special Olympics Georgia's athlete of the month!

About Michael Wilson:Michael Wilson is a sports manager at Special Olympics Georgia.
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May 30 - Jun 1 2014

New Hamshire State Summer Games

Join us on Thursday, May 29-May 31 as we get ready for the 45th State Summer Games at the University of New Hampshire in Durham. Athletes will compete in aquatics, athletics (Track & Field), bocce, and equestrian events. We had over 950 athletes compete last year and look forward to even more.
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University of New Hampshire
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Durham, New Hampshire

Jun 5 - 7 2014

Pennsylvania State Summer Games

Join us on June 5-7 at Penn State University in State College. This event will bring together over 2,000 athletes and 750 coaches from across the state. The Summer Games will feature three days of intense competition in aquatics, athletics, basketball, bowling, equestrian, golf, gymnastics, softball and tennis. Spectators are welcome to visit any of the competition venues and cheer on the athletes. Hope to see you there!
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Penn State University
State College, Pennsylvania

Jun 12 - 15 2014

2014 Special Olympics Ireland Games

1,500 Special Olympics athletes from the 4 corners of Ireland will paricipate in 14 sports competitions that will inlcude aquatics, athletics, basketball, kayaking, gymnastics, MATP, football, golf, bocce, ptich n putt, bowling, table tennis, badminton and equestrian. Competition will be held in various venues through Limerick and the surrounding areas.
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Various venues
Limerick, Munster

Nov 1 - 3 2014

Special Olympics Nippon National Summer Games Fukuoka 2014

Athletes from all over Japan will come to the city of Fukuoka for the 2014 Special Olympics Fukuoka Games to participate in 3 days of competition in 12 sports. Athletes will compete in aquatics, athletics, badminton, basketball, bowling, football, golf, gymnastics, table tennis, volleyball and equestrian.
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Sayaka Sonobe
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Multiple locations, Fukuoka
Fukuoka , Kyushu

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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Various Locations, Los Angeles
Los Angeles , California

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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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