The very first FEI Para-Equestrian Forum was held March 21st & 22nd at the Exhibition Centre in Essen(GER) and included experts and athletes from around the world. Participants were there to discuss the current status of Para-Equestrian sport and to its long-term vision for beyond 2016.
Para Reining took the stage as Raymond Grether, FEI board member & also World Para Reining board member, and Bettina de Rham, the Director of Reining at the FEI, gave a presentation to present Para Reining. Their presentation was accompanied by the inspirational video produced by Lee Schneider specifically for the forum, including additional commentary and footage from the NRHA Futurity in 2014.
Thanks to everyone’s hard work and dedication Para Reining will be incorporated within the Reining Committee of the FEI. The Reining Committee will work closely together with the Para Equestrian Committee of the FEI, to get this started and we are looking forward to great things to come!
Lisa Coulter, founder of WPR, said "Moving into 2016 WPR looks forward to working closely with the FEI to further develop Para reining around the world. It's an exciting time for Para Reining and we are proud of the accomplishments of these inspiring athletes who are the propelling us all to work harder and dream bigger"
Special thanks to all of the riders, horses and owners for their participation in the reining demonstration during the forum - Elinor Switzer on the five-year Paint Horse Stallion Steppin Jacson, owned by Nina Schneider, Birk Frerichs and the QH gelding Slidin on Diamonds owned by Ute Holm, and Josephine Güttler on her own eight-year-old Paint Horse mare IT Missi Gillmore.
For more information on the Para Equestrian Forum, please visit FEI.org/news.