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Horse Council BC
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Susan Harrison
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Alistair Buchanan
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Technical Package for Equestrian - Para

Cowichan 2018 BC Summer Games
July 19-22, 2018

Technical Packages provide details of the eligibility requirements as well as event and competition information.  In order to fully understand the rules and requirements for participation in the BC Games, it is expected that the BC Games General Rules will be read in addition to the sport-specific information contained in the Technical Package.
Technical Package for Equestrian - Para last updated: September 26, 2017.
Be sure to check back for updates.


Cowichan Exhibition Park (Duncan)
Age Description:
A minimum of 13 years of age and a maximum of 30 years of age as of January 1, 2018.
Zone Team Composition:
a maximum of 10 athletes. Each Zone may field one athlete. Once all Zones have submitted their registration, the assignment of unallocated spots will be assigned to Zones by the Provincial Advisor.
Not applicable.
Maximum Athletes:
(See BC Games General Rules for information about the "adult supervisor" role)

1 Head Coach and up to 8 Assistant Coach for the sport. Where both male and female athletes are attending the Games, there must be at least one coach of each gender. If all athletes are the same gender, at least one coach must be the same gender as the athletes.
Every zone must name a head coach (exception: sports for athletes with a dsaibility, which must have one head coach for the sport).  If assistant coaches have any NCCP training they are registered with the role "assistant coach", otherwise they are registered with the role "adult supervisor". 
See BC Games General Rules for more information.
(the number of Officials the sport is permitted to register as participants)


Transportation, accommodation, and meals, as arranged by the Host Society, will be provided for officials. See BC Games General Rules for more information.

Athlete Eligibility:

In addition to BC Games General Rules, the sport-specific eligibility requirements noted in this technical package are in effect for the 2018 BC Summer Games.

Athletes must be members in good standing of Horse Council BC and registered with BC Therapeutic Riding Association prior to selection deadline.

Athletes must be nationally classified and compete in their allocated Grade or have a Para Equestrian medical form and compete at the highest level of their ability.

Athletes with an Intellectual Disability will be permitted to participate in the BC Summer Games and must complete and submit a Medical Certificate.

Athletes who have placed individually or as a team at international competition(s) are not eligible to compete at the BC Summer Games.

Athlete Qualification Period:
August 1, 2016 – May 31, 2018
Athletes must submit two scores from a minimum of two different sanctioned competitions in all three classes. EC Bronze or FEI Para Equestrian test scores may be used for athlete qualifying purposes during the qualification period. Scores from Para Equestrian Canada video competitions may be used for qualifying providing they are achieved within the qualifying period and from the same Grade

Athletes may not attend more than two BC Games to compete in Equestrian-Para.

See the BC Games General Rules for current BC Games registration fees.  Note that fees are assesed for athletes only (coaches, adult supervisors, and officials do not pay this fee).  Sports may assess additional fees to cover training, uniforms, qualification event(s), etc.  Please contact your Provincial Advisor or the PSO for more details. Fees are collected by the sport and paid to the BC Games Society upon invoice after the Games.
Coach Eligibility:

Note that the role of head coaches and assistant coaches at the BC Games includes travelling to and from the Games with the team/zone, residing with the team/zone in BC Games accommodation, and acting in a supervisory capacity throughout the Games.

See BC Games General Rules for information about the roles of the head coach and assistant coach.

All Head Coaches must be fully certified at NCCP Level 2 or Competition Coach Specialist. One Head Coach is required for Equestrian-Para.
All Assistant Coaches must either be NCCP Level 1 certified or Competition Coach certified or be registered as "in training" with Horse Council BC in the new certification program. All Assistant Coaches must have completed Making Ethical Decisions.

Athletes' primary coaches are encouraged to attend the Games and take part in the coaching development opportunities. Personal Coaches interested in being considered for an accredited assistant coach position must make application to the Assistant Provincial Advisor at Horse Council BC office at email

BC Games General Rules dictate the level of coach certification required for head coaches and assistant coaches unless otherwise stated in this Technical Package - click here for details.  A minimum of Making Ethical Decisions is required for all assistant coaches - more information can be found here.

Events and Categories:
Grade I – EC 2018 PE Tests and 2017 FEI PE Freestyle
Grade II – EC 2018 PE Tests and 2017 FEI PE Freestyle
Grade III – EC 2018 PE Tests and 2017 FEI PE Freestyle
Grade IV – EC 2018 PE Tests and 2017 FEI PE Freestyle
Grade V – EC 2018 PE Tests and 2017 FEI PE Freestyle

Each athlete must participate in 3 classes. Athletes must submit at least two scores from two different competitions in all three events for qualification. Official results or test copies to be attached to Athlete Declaration Form and submitted after competition.

2013 Equine Canada Bronze Tests and FEI Freestyle tests in the same Grade may be used for athlete qualification purposes in 2016/2017. 2018 EC Para Equestrian tests and 2017 FEI Para Equestrian Freestyle tests will be used at the BC Summer Games.

All tests ridden in 20m x 40m arena except Grade V Tests to be ridden in 20m x 60m.

Athletes may compete on borrowed horses if available at the BC Summer Games.

Two Athletes may compete on the same horse providing they compete at different Grades and are from the same zone.

All events are open to male and female riders equally.

Stabling and Feed: Feed and hay for horses is the responsibility of the competitors. Stabling is provided free of charge by the Abbotsford 2016 BC Summer Games for Wednesday, Thursday, Friday, and Saturday nights only. Check out time is 1 pm on Sunday. Bedding is provided.

Tack and Attire: Athletes must have the appropriate tack and numbers on their horses at all times when being worked and/or ridden and must be in appropriate attire when on the show grounds and in stable areas.

Athletes are required to wear properly fitted approved BSI or ASTM protective headgear with safety harness correctly secured at all times while mounted on the competition grounds.
Zone Selections and Registration Deadline: 

Please refer to the BC Games General Rules for the registration deadline set by the BC Games Society. The BC Games deadline is in effect unless an earlier date is set by the Provincial Sport Organization is specified in this technical package.  See BC Games General Rules for registration procedures.

Final results from the zone selections will be published and provided to the head coach and discipline chairs by June 10, 2018.

The Assistant Provincial Advisor will complete BC Games online registration process for all zone team athletes, coaches, and Officials no later than June 15, 2018.

Volunteers must register online using the BC Games Society Online Volunteer Registration directly.
Accommodation and Transportation:

Also see BC Games General Rules for further details about accommodation and transportation.

Athletes with a disability may reside in BC Games accommodation or choose to stay outside BC Games accommodation. If they choose to stay outside of Games accommodation, they will be responsible for any associated costs of that accommodation and transportation at the Games. Meals will be provided, as per the Bus & Meal Schedule for the sport. Athletes with a disability who wish to reside in BC Games Accommodation and travel on BC Games transportation must complete the Para Athlete Information Form and submit to the Assistant Provincial Advisor not later than May 31, 2018 to ensure that appropriate services are available.


The Minus-One Rule will be implemented for all sports. This means that when there are four or more competitors or teams, Bronze, Silver, and Gold medals will be awarded; when there are three competitors or teams, Silver and Gold medals will be awarded, and when there are two competitors or teams only a Gold medal will be awarded. For more details about BC Games medals, review the BC Games General Rules.

Medals will be awarded for each event, all Grades combined, within the parameters of the BC Games Society Minus-One Rule.

Participant information is collected under the authority of the BC Games Society. The information provided will be used to determine eligibility to participate in the 2018 BC Summer Games. On confirmation of eligibility the information will be used to arrange liability insurance coverage to address any claims arising from the voluntary participation of registered participants in the 2018 BC Summer Games. The name, hometown, sport, and results of registered participants will be provided to media outlets and available on the BC Games Society and the Cowichan 2018 BC Summer Games Society websites for the purposes of acknowledging selection for participation and placing. The names, addresses, email addresses, phone numbers, results, and/or images of registered participants may be used in non-commercial promotion/development of sport and/or the BC Summer and/or BC Winter Games or the BC Games Society. The names, addresses, email addresses, phone numbers, results, and/or images of Games participants may be provided to the Premier and the Minister responsible for the Games, and/or to members of the legislative assembly, and/or to local members of parliament, and/or to the media for the purposes of recognition and/or informing sport-related and/or training opportunities and/or to school principals and/or school district superintendents for the purpose of recognition and acknowledgement. For questions about the collection and use of this information, please contact the BC Games Society at 200 -990 Fort Street, Victoria, BC V8V 3K2 or (250) 387-1375 or

As a condition of entry into, or volunteering at the BC Summer Games it must be understood that the participants and volunteers enter entirely at their own risk, and will not hold the Abbotsford 2016 BC Summer Games Society, the Province of British Columbia, and/or the BC Games Society, their staff, agents, and/or volunteer workers responsible for injury, loss or damage occurring during the 2018 BC Summer Games.

Volunteers and participants may be protected for their actions vis a vis third party claims through the liability insurance for the Games but are not covered for any personal claims for injury or accident. Participants and volunteers agree to release, discharge and undertake not to commence action against the Abbotsford 2016 BC Summer Games Society, the Province of British Columbia, and the BC Games Society from any and all claims and causes of action, or liability of any kind whatsoever for injuries, property damage, or death which in any way results from participating or volunteering in the Cowichan 2018 BC Summer Games.

The Cowichan 2018 BC Summer Games Society, the Province of British Columbia, and/or the BC Games Society do not assume responsibility for loss of wages, or costs associated with medical, dental or hospital care for athletes, coaches, assistant coaches, managers, officials or volunteers for any injury or loss incurred during the, or as a result of participating or volunteering in the 2018 BC Summer Games.

The BC Games Society will not be liable for any communication between a BC Games Society participant and/or volunteer and any third party group that receives the participant and/or volunteer contact information list from the BC Games Society after the two year period expires under the Canadian Anti-Spam Legislation Act (an Act to promote the efficiency and adaptability of the Canadian economy by regulating certain activities that discourage reliance on electronic means of carrying out commercial activities, and to amend the Canadian Radio-television and Telecommunications Commission Act, the Competition Act, the Personal Information Protection and Electronic Documents Act and the Telecommunications Act S.C. 2010, c. 23) (“Act”). The two year period begins at the conclusion of the 2016 BC Summer Games. This clause is a defence to any violation under the Act regarding any communication between a third party group and a participant and/or volunteer of the BC Games Society that occurs after the two year period has expired. By completing a volunteer registration form (online or paper copy) or being registered to attend the 2018 BC Summer Games participants and volunteers are agreeing to all of the terms outlined in this conditions of entry agreement.