Special Olympics Great Britain
Special Olympics GB is a registered charity which is the largest provider of year-round sports training and competition for children and adults with intellectual disabilities (also known as learning disabilities).
60 riders with intellectual disabilities competed
at the Special Olympics National Equestrian Competition
When: 15 – 19 July 2013
Where: Hartpury College, Gloucestershire, GL19 3BE
Times: Opening Ceremony: Tuesday 16 June at 19:00
Competitions: Wednesday 17 & Thursday 18 June
10:00 am – 16:15 followed by medals presentation
Special Olympics equestrian athletes gathered at Hartpury College, Gloucestershire, for the Special Olympics 2013 National Equestrian Competition. 60 riders from nine regions vied for a chance to represent Great Britain at the 2015 World Summer Games in Los Angeles, California.
The riders were divisioned by their ability and age and competed in dressage, prix caprilli, working trails and horse care & knowledge.
The Opening Ceremony for the competition began with the coaches and athletes parading into the arena. Monty’s Allsorts, a dog agility training club, presented a show jumping demonstration to entertain the crowd, while Ginny Oakley and her side-saddle group displayed a musical ride and some side-saddle jumping.
“This is a really exciting event for Special Olympics Great Britain and Hartpury College is a great location in which to host the event”, said Nancy Peters the Equestrian Technical Advisor for Special Olympics GB.
Two of the athletes competing at the equestrian competition were Ellis Wilson (Scotland West) and Owen Keeble (Forth Valley). Ellis and Owen competed in the 2011 Special Olympics World Summer games in Athens, and are looking forward to taking on the national competition and qualifying to once again represent Great Britain at an international level.
The nine Special Olympics regions who took part in the competition were Grampian, Forth Valley, Scotland West, Eastern, East Midlands, Yorkshire and Humberside, Northwest, Wellow and Hertfordshire.
The event was supported by Riding for the Disabled.
For more information, contact Nancy Peters: firstname.lastname@example.org
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