Adaptive Equestrian Sport™
ADAPTIVE EQUESTRIAN SPORTS™ focuses on skill progression within an introductory equestrian sports framework designed for youth and adult athletes with physical, visual, or intellectual disabilities. Our strength-based curriculum follows an adaptive physical education model and develops athletes’ riding skills within a sport orientation. Riders may choose private lessons or become a member of a team. Our Adaptive Equestrian Sports Teams are mixed ability groups promoting positive life skills, teamwork, confidence and fitness through equestrian sports. Teams of 4 are grouped according to riders who need extra support and those who are more independent of horse handlers and sidewalkers. Participants will learn Adaptive Equitation, Adaptive Quadrille (riding in formation), Adaptive Mounted Games (Relay Races), and horse management skills all of which are modified from the Pony Club curriculum, which is the respected foundation of all youth equestrian sports. Each team will have an opportunity to perform in a competition at the end of the spring and fall sessions. Lastly, Carlisle works with schools and agencies to develop adaptive PE classes using this model.