A PATH International, USEF Para Dressage Coach and Centered Riding Instructor’s perspective on a system of adaptive techniques and strategies that should be well established when working towards independent riding with visually impaired and blind riders.
Strategies for the Blind and Visually Impaired Para Equestrian Athletes
A necessary educational and training component for athletes and coaches
Para Equestrian Athletes, LLC secured a generous grant from Lendon Gray’s Dressage4Kids ‘Training4Teaching’ program. This groundbreaking opportunity set the path for PEA to further its journey in developing strategies for the blind and visually impaired Para equestrian athletes.
Together with Carlisle Academy, a USEF Center of Excellence, this clinic afforded coaches
a chance to learn from visually impaired riders on their preferred learning styles in a
mutual interactive environment.
International experts and clinicians shared their knowledge with:
- Instruction with biomechanics and kinesthetic learning
- Para rules and guidelines by a USEF’s technical delegate
- Understanding the importance of athlete fundraising for personal financial assistance