USEF Certified Para Dressage Coach
Centered Riding Instructor
PATH International Certified Instructor
PATH International Certified Instructor Mentor
Para Equestrian Sport requires instructors with a specialized skill set. The United States Equestrian Federation Para Dressage Coaching Certification ensures coaches are of the highest caliber. A Para Coach will excel in their coaching philosophy and will guide an athlete – from emerging to international status.
Educational development is provided through a certified credentialed USEF Para Dressage Coach and aided through collaboration with United States Equestrian Federation and United States Para Equestrian Association resources.
Ana Belo O’Brien
Long Island University, C.W. Post College – BS Sports Psychology, Public Relations, Foreign Languages
Ana’s focal point is Para Dressage, an equestrian sport for athletes with an eligible, permanent, physical impairment. In collaboration with United States Equestrian Federation (USEF) and United States Para Equestrian Association (USPEA), Ana has had the opportunity to work with several emerging and elite Para equestrians. Her certification through USEF as a credentialed Para Dressage Coach has enabled her to focus on driving recognition and bring awareness to the Para Dressage sport through education and empowering physically disabled riders in achieving their goals beyond a therapeutic riding setting.
She has provided monetary gifts to emerging Para equestrians for continuing education at USEF and USPEA Centers of Excellence. Contributions are facilitated through the Para Equestrian Athletes / Dressage 4 All EBAY store. Additionally, monetary contributions from Para Equestrian Athletes, LLC and affiliated donors are awarded to Para Athletes for the sole purpose of continuing their equestrian education.
Para Equestrian Athletes is honored to offer the United States Pony Club Horse Management Badge Program. Individuals of all abilities have an opportunity to enrich their horse management skills and knowledge content. The program is custom tailored to specific learning styles, which ensures a positive hands-on learning experience.
Ana has developed programs for seniors directed towards those living with dementia. Through a carefully developed curriculum and with weekly sessions, both seniors and caregivers can witness increased awareness, movement, and recollections.
Together and in collaboration with local Veteran associations, she has created a three-phase Veteran Recreational Program, which provides an outlet for our men and women of service. This platform includes hands on driving, equine facilitated activities, and mounted work.