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Haute performance

Enlarge Lauren Barwick (Off to Paris)
2008 Beijing Paralympic Games

Para-Equestrian Canada is the discipline committee of Equine Canada that is responsible for developing high performance programming for equestrian athletes with disabilities in Canada. The program has been very successful in implementing a comprehensive high performance plan that has produced excellent international results over the past two quadrennials.  Notable achievements include two individual bronze medals at the 2004 Paralympic Games, an individual gold medal and an individual silver medal at the 2008 Paralympic Games, a top 3 finish, four top 6 finishes, and three top 8 individual finishes at the 2012 Paralympic Games, where 3 horses and one rider made their games debut.

In Para-Equestrian, athletes are eligible to compete in three Paralympic events; a team test, an individual test, and a freestyle test to music. Riders are judged on their ability to perform various patterns, which include various changes in pace and direction. Individual medals are awarded in the individual and freestyle tests. Team medals are awarded to countries based on the combined scores of the team and individual tests of their designated team riders.

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