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Coaching Equestrian Quiz

Coaching Special Olympics athletes is rewarding and makes use of the experience and knowledge coaches already have. In all sports, there are special rules and adaptions that make participation fairer, safer and more competitive for athletes of all abilities. The quiz below highlights aspects of Special Olympics equestrian that coaches and officials should know about. Test your knowledge!

1) Due to safety considerations, athletes working around horses and/or riding horses must wear boots with heels, long pants, and SEI-ASTM- or BHS- approved safety helmets.

  • True
  • False
2) During Special Olympics equestrian competitions, it is appropriate to tie a red ribbon around the tail of a horse who is known to kick.

  • True
  • False
3) Safety stirrups are required for all Special Olympics equestrian competitions, but not training sessions.

  • True
  • False
4) During Special Olympics equestrian training sessions and competitions, a halter/headcollar must be used over or under the bridle in order to allow a leader to assist the athlete in controlling the horse.

  • True
  • False
5) Official Special Olympics equestrian events do not include which of the following?

  • Dressage
  • Working trails
  • Gymkhana events
  • Drill teams
  • Unified Sports ® team relays
  • Unified Sports ® drill teams
  • All of these events are included in official Special Olympics equestrian competitions
6) Equestrian athletes are divisioned according to:

  • Age
  • Ability
  • Gender
  • All of the above
  • None of the above
7) During Special Olympics equestrian competitions, all riders must have had at least _____ riding lessons during the _____ months preceding the competition.

  • 5 lessons; 5 months
  • 20 lessons; 5 months
  • 10 lessons; 6 months
  • 12 lessons; 6 months
8) During Special Olympics equestrian competitions, cue cards with universal terms may be used for athletes with hearing impairments.

  • True
  • False
9) During a Special Olympics equestrian competition, a rider is permitted to use different horses from event to event.

  • True
  • False
10) Which of the following points (where appropriate) have equal consideration in judging all classes?

  • Rider’s balance and seat
  • Use of aids and ability to follow directions
  • Ring etiquette and safety
  • Sportsmanlike conduct
  • All of the above
  • None of the above
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