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Equestrian

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


October 10, 2014 | Africa: Kenya

Athlete leader helps drive Young Athletes Program in Kenya

By Mr John Makathimo

A Young Athletes demonstration was recently held in Kenya to provide an introduction to parents about Special Olympics and benefits of the Young Athletes program. Sports Manager and Athlete Leader Mr. Joshua Agare, who is an Equestrian Gold Medallist, joined the athletes in their horse riding session at Hardy Stud StablesView Story Young Athletes is a unique sport and play program for children with intellectual disabilities. The focus is on fun activities that are important for mental and physical growth and caters to children form the ages 2 to 7 years. Participants enjoy games and activities that develop motor skills and hand-eye coordination as an early introduction to sports and to the world of Special Olympics. Parents also say their children develop better social skills. Participants receive a confidence boost that makes it easier for them to play and talk with other children on the playground and elsewhere. A Young Athletes demonstration was recently held in Kenya to provide an introduction to parents about Special Olympics and benefits of the Young Athletes program. Sports Manager and Athlete Leader Mr. Joshua Agare, who is an Equestrian Gold Medallist, joined the athletes in their horse riding session at Hardy Stud Stables in Karen. Apart from helping to recruit and register new athletes for Special Olympics Kenya, the visit allowed Joshua an opportunity to mentor the young athletes. Joshua also provided a Special Olympics Orientation before the demonstration.The teachers and the children really embraced the activities; they had a lot of fun and enjoyed learning new things in a play environment. Kenya has built a great relationship with Kaizora Consultants and Professor Patricia Favazza, from the University of Kenyatta University to assist with the Young Athletes Program in the region. Kaizora Consultants is the only East Africa program that provides supervised Applied Behaviour Analysis (ABA) to individuals with autism and other developmental delays in children aged 2-16. Their involvement in Special Olympics Kenya activities will contribute to athlete and volunteer recruitment for sports training and activities, as well as provide accessibility to sports facilities.

About Mr John Makathimo:Special Olympics Kenya National Director
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September 05, 2014 | North America: Georgia

Equestrian Athlete Plays Softball at State Fall Games in Gainesville; While Some Compete at the State Horse Show Next Month

By Wendy Bigham

Beth Bridgers will play softball at Special Olympics Georgia's State Fall Games

Cobb County Athlete Beth Bridgers will switch from holding a horse's bridle at the State Horse Show to swinging a bat at State Fall Games this year; which are both being held in Gainesville October 10th-12th.View Story Cobb County Athlete Beth Bridgers will switch from holding a horse's bridle at the State Horse Show to swinging a bat at State Fall Games this year; which are both being held in Gainesville October 10th-12th. "I'm excited," Beth said. "I get a hit in about every inning. The coach didn't know I hit that well!" Beth said and laughed. Not everyone knows she already has a history with softball as a youngster. Soon, however, she will once again prepare to return to showing horses after Fall Games. At Fall Games, Beth will join an anticipated 1,500 athletes and unified partners from across the state as they compete in bocce, cycling, golf and softball with competition being at North Hall Park, Laurel Park and Chicopee Woods Golf Couse. The State Horse Show also being held that weekend will be at Chicopee Woods Agricultural Center. That weekend, both State Games will feature an Opening Ceremony Friday night with competition continuing Saturday and Sunday morning. Athletes will al

About Wendy Bigham:Wendy Bigham is the senior public relations manager at Special Olympics Georgia, headquartered in Atlanta.
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July 24, 2014 | Latin America: Mexico

Therapy Involving Horses is Introduced to Special Olympics Athletes in Baja California

By Paola Martinelli

Adrian Dominguez Sandoval, Special Olympics athlete.

Special Olympics athletes experienced the benefits of Equine-Assisted Therapy (Horse-Assisted Therapy) while attending the 2nd Annual Inclusive Reunion by the Special Care Center for Autism in Baja California.
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Special Olympics athletes experienced the benefits of Equine-Assisted Therapy (Horse-Assisted Therapy) while attending the 2nd Annual Inclusive Reunion by the Special Care Center for Autism in Baja California. The event brought together various organizations that serve people with disabilities from Ensenada and Tecate, Mexico. One of the organizations who attended the event was The Riding Angels Association of Tecate who provided a demonstration of their Equine-Assisted Therapy service. Equine-Assisted Therapy is a treatment that involves activities with horses that promote physical, occupational, and emotional growth in people with special needs.

About Paola Martinelli:National Director of Communications and Marketing; National Director of the Athletes Leaders Program Regional Advisory Committee for Unified Sports
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Equestrian Events


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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
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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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