Following the overwhelming success of the 2016 World Para Reining International Championships at the AQHA World Show in Oklahoma City, Oklahoma, USA, World Para Reining (WPR) is proud to announce that it will be taking the 2017 International Championships to Europe! The 2017 Championships will be held July 4-9 at the Diamond League Western Show in the Dutch city of Ermelo, the base of the Dutch Equestrian Federation, and will include both Team and Individual competitions, including $25,000 in added prize money!
The 2016 WPR International Championships crowned the United States WPR Masters team as the Gold medal champions, with the Canadian team bringing home Silver, and the Netherlands winning the Bronze. The 2017 Championships will be another World Equestrian Games style event, with International teams competing for team medals, and an individual event to be held on the second day of competition. To be eligible to participate, riders must compete in 2 classes at WPR approved shows between the qualification period of November 1, 2016 to May 1, 2017 (*dates subject to change). Watch the WPR Calendar for upcoming qualifying events!
WPR is an organization dedicated to fostering competitive reining events for Para riders around the world. WPR is helping to bring the Para community into mainstream reining by coordinating with Worldwide Reining organizations to give Para riders many competitive opportunities. Prior to 2016, FEI style international para equestrian competitions had been limited to those riders in Dressage and Driving disciplines, and we are proud to see Para Reining receive such enormous support and participation in 2017. World Para Reining is excited to see countries from around the world getting involved in education, training, and competition! This is an exciting opportunity for Para-equestrian competitors - for more information, membership and qualification criteria please visit the World Para Reining website: www.worldparareining.org or email us at firstname.lastname@example.org.