Equestrians with Disabilities

There are numerous classes available in the Equestrians with Disabilities division.

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  • Showmanship – Walk Only Showmanship; Walk-Trot-Jog Showmanship
  • Supported Walk/Trot Classes are Hunt Seat Equitation on the Flat; Hunter Under Saddle; Trail; Western Horsemanship; Western Pleasure
  • Independent Walk/Jog-Trot Classes are Hunt Seat Equitation on the Flat; Hunter Under Saddle;  Para Reining; Trail; Western Horsemanship; Western Pleasure
  • Independent Walk/Trot-Short Jog/Canter Lope Classes are Hunt Seat Equitation on the Flat; Hunter Under Saddle; Para Reining; Western Horsemanship; Western Pleasure; Trail

Understand AQHA's guidelines, rules and eligibility for showing in this division.


Requests for adaptive equipment not listed in the AQHA Handbook can be sent to show@aqha.org and will be reviewed on a case-by-case basis.


To compete in AQHA-approved Equestrians With Disabilities competitions, three forms must first be completed. The three forms – AQHA membership, special diagnosis and special adaptive equipment – have been packaged for your convenience.

Download the AQHA membership application for Equestrians with Disabilities (including special diagnosis and adaptive equipment forms).


AQHA and AQHYA members have a type of competition that offers people with certain cognitive and physical challenges the thrill of showing an American Quarter Horse. It provides an arena for everyone to enjoy the rewards of hard work, determination and perseverance. This program allows you to show in eight classes and earn points for year-end, high-point awards, along with the satisfaction of a job well done.

The Equestrians With Disabilities competition is the result of several years of letters, calls, meetings and task forces to develop a program to meet the needs of competitors. Representatives from PATH, Special Olympics and therapeutic riding centers, along with several individuals, provided input and guidance to create the classes, rules and guidelines. This competition is just like any other AQHA show event, with exhibitors earning awards and recognition, all while enjoying their American Quarter Horse.


For more thorough rules and descriptions on AQHA classes, be sure to refer to the AQHA Official Handbook of Rules and Regulations.