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Para showjumping gaining in popularity

July 7, 2008

Britain's Louise Hacker on Enrico IV at Bordeaux.

A proposal for a demonstration by para jumpers at the 2010 World Equestrian Games has been turned down by the FEI, but moves to strengthen the discipline are pushing ahead.

Para jumping has nothing to do with jumping out of an aircraft - it's the showjumping discipline of the paralympic movement.

A decision against the demonstration at WEG 2010 was reached by the FEI, which felt that "it would be more appropriate to endorse for demonstration an older and more established sport in the form of Para Driving, which is already an FEI Para Sport, and which is stronger than Para Jumping in the US."

Undaunted, supporters of parajumping in Britain are in the process of ratifying the rules for the sport, which will be presented to the FEI and then distributed among national federations for discussion.

They're keen to hear from riders interested in joining the para showjumping movement, and in making contact with groups and riders from other parts of the world.

To help draw attention to para jumping, British Para Show Jumping Association chairman Andy Lawes has organised a nationwide "Parachute jump by Para Show Jumpers" next month, to coincide with the BPSJA show, from August 15-17.



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