Para-Equestrian Training & Education
Carlisle Academy is a national leader in grassroots education and training for emerging and high-performance para-equestrian athletes and coaches. Our focus is in the sport development of Para-Dressage and Para-Driving. The Academy is proud to be named one of the nation’s three USEF/USPEA National Para-Equestrian Dressage Centers of Excellence. Additionally, Carlisle Academy was awarded an Adaptive Sport Grant through the Department of Veterans Affairs, in partnership with the USEF, to encourage awareness and participation of para-eligible Veterans in Para-Equestrian Sports. Read more about our Veterans Program here.
About Para-Dressage & Para-Driving
Para-equestrian is an equestrian sport governed by the International Federation for Equestrian Sports (FEI), and includes two competitive events: Para-Equestrian Dressage and Para-Equestrian Driving. Para-dressage is conducted in similar fashion to conventional dressage, but with riders divided into different competition grades based on their functional abilities, and is the only equestrian discipline recognized at the Paralympics. Para-Driving operates under the same basic rules as Combined Driving but places competitors in various grades based on their functional abilities “Para” refers to parallel to able-bodied sports, designed for the independent rider/driver with permanent, physical and visual disabilities seeking a competitive track. Paralympics is not Special Olympics, just as Para-Equestrian Sports are distinctly different from Equine-Assisted Activities and Therapies (EAAT). Within this unique sport orientation, athletes may pursue a national or international (FEI) sport classification which allows them to compete at recognized regional, national and international horse shows.
Ongoing Lessons: Para-Dressage & Para-Driving
Carlisle Academy offers ongoing private lessons by senior coaches with para-equestrian training and experience. Lessons are taught as 30-minute privates. Athletes may use with their own horses and/or have access to Carlisle’s safe, trained school mounts. Participants arrive tacked and warmed up, and ready to train. Riders/drivers need to be independent of horse handlers and sidewalking support.
Para-Equestrian Pipeline Training Camps
In addition to lessons, Carlisle conducts clinics and training camps throughout the year in Maine and select U.S. locations. These training camps feature international para-coaches who work alongside Carlisle’s clinical and equine staff to help athletes and coaches build a pathway of success in para-equestrian sports.
2017 CLINIC SCHEDULE
April 7 (Friday): Dressage & Para-Dressage Clinic with Deb Dean Smith | Download the Dressage Clinic Flyer & Registration Form
May 5-6 (Friday-Saturday): Dressage & Para-Dressage Symposium with Michel Assouline | Download the Dressage & Para-Dressage Symposium Registration Form
May 26 (Friday): Dressage & Para-Dressage Clinic with Deb Dean Smith | Download the Dressage Clinic Flyer & Registration Form
June 2-3 (Friday-Saturday): Dressage & Para-Dressage Symposium with Hanneke Gerritsen | Download the Dressage & Para-Dressage Flyer | Download the Info & Registration Packet
June 4 (Sunday): Dressage & Para-Dressage Schooling Show at Carlisle Academy judged by Hanneke Gerritsen | Download the Dressage & Para-Dressage Flyer | Download the Schooling Show Registration Form
June 9 (Friday): Adaptive/Para-Driving Clinic with Scott Monroe | Download the Para-Driving Series Flyer
June 16 (Friday): Dressage & Para-Dressage Clinic with Deb Dean Smith | Download the Dressage Clinic Flyer & Registration Form
August 5 (Saturday): Dressage & Para-Dressage Schooling Show at Carlisle Academy judged by Jane Tremlett
August 18 (Friday): Adaptive/Para-Driving Clinic with Scott Monroe | Download the Para-Driving Series Flyer
October 21 (Saturday): Dressage & Para-Dressage Schooling Show at Carlisle Academy judged by Jane Tremlett
November 10 (Friday):Para-Driving Open House & Demonstration for Veterans with Scott Monroe | Download the Para-Driving Series Flyer
If you are interested in receiving camp information or any other information on our para-equestrian programs, please email Head of School, Sarah Armentrout or call 207-985-0374.
Carlisle Charitable Foundation, an independently governed 501(c)(3) organization and the Academy’s philanthropic partner, supports para-equestrians and their coaches who participate in Carlisle’s camps and clinics. A tuition funding request can be made through the “Zoe Fund” (for Athletes) or “Leadership Scholarship” (for Coaches) at Carlisle Charitable Foundation. More information at www.carlislecharitablefoundation.org. (207-467-3242)