Equestrian Classification

What are the classes?
Grade I: Athletes with a physical disability. Riders with poor trunk balance and/or impairment of function in all four limbs or no trunk balance and good upper limb function.  Riders generally use a wheelchair in everyday life. Grade 1 is split into 1a and 1b.
Grade II: Athletes with a physical disability. Riders with severe locomotor impairment involving the trunk and with mild to good upper limb function, or severe unilateral impairment. Riders generally use a wheelchair in everyday life.
Grade III: Athletes with a physical disability or vision impairment. Riders with moderate unilateral impairment, moderate impairment in four limbs or severe arm impairment. In day to day life, riders are usually ambulant but some may use a wheelchair for longer distances or due to lack of stamina. Riders with a vision impairment who compete in this class have total loss of sight in both eyes (B1).
Grade IV: Athletes with a physical disability or vision impairment. Riders have a physical impairment in one or two limbs (for example limb loss or limb deficiency), or some degree of visual impairment (B2).

How do I get classified?
Athletes should seek a classification in their relevant impairment type through the relevant organisations below.

Athletes with a physical impairment: Classification is managed nationally by Equestrian Australia.

To request a classification, register at Equestrian Australia.

Athletes with a vision impairment: Classification is managed nationally by the Australian Paralympic Committee and supported by state based low-vision service providers. You can find out more information at Vision Classification.

For athletes who are unable to attend a face to face National Level Classification, there is a paperwork process for a Provisional Level Classification which will provide an indication of class until such time that they are able to attend a National Level classification.

To request a classification, complete the ‘Get Classified’ Form.

If you are unsure of your impairment type or have multiple impairment types, complete the ‘Get Classified’ Form.

What do I require for a classification?
Athletes are required to provide evidence of their diagnosis to classifiers prior to the classification commencing. Generally this is written documentation from their doctor or specialist (for example a rehabilitation specialist, neurologist or ophthalmologist) that outlines their medical condition. Athletes may be required to provide additional test results or charts (for example X-rays, growth charts, MRI or visual field tests) to support their classification. Please check what is required for your impairment type prior to attending classification.

View further resources below:
– General information about classification