Classification is a process that includes the testing of athletes by a certified physiotherapist or medical physician to evaluate either muscle strength, coordination, range of movement or a combination thereof using a standardized classification system. EC classifies/assesses athletes in accordance with the method and standards of the Fédération Equestre Internationale (FEI).

Not all athletes who have an impairment are eligible for classification. For example, a symptom such as lax ligaments, general pain, or an impairment that changes from day-to-day is not classifiable. In addition, riders must have more than a 15% loss of power, range or coordination in any limb or the trunk to be eligible for classification.

We encourage athletes who have a recognized medical condition resulting in an impairment that can be measured objectively to submit their application for para-dressage classification.

Alberta Para-Dressage Classification Hub

When: November 19, 2022
Where: Quality Inn & Suites Edmonton International Airport, 8340 Sparrow Crescent, Leduc, AB, T9E 8B7
Cost: $150
Registration Deadline: November 4th, 2022, submit interest to Jamie-Ann Goodfellow Coordinator, Para-Dressage by email to:

Attendance Requirements

Athletes are responsible for their own travel costs and must bring one person with them into the classification session. It is strongly recommended that they bring their coach if they are available, so any compensating aids can be discussed with the classifier.

Classification Package

Those interested in participating in the Classification Hub are encouraged to submit Para-Dressage Classification Procedures document. The document must be completed by the athlete, as well as their coach and medical doctor, and returned to EC no later than the registration deadline noted for each Classification Hub.

If you have any questions about classification, please contact:

Jamie-Ann Goodfellow
Program Coordinator, Para-Dressage
+1 343-308-5323

For more information on classification, please reference the following webinar link offered in English and French:

English : Para-Dressage Webinar: Para-Dressage Classification
French : Classification de paradressage

The Classification Advisory Group will review the documentation and the athlete will be notified if they are eligible for classification.

For more information on para-equestrian classification, visit