Equestrian is one of the most fascinating sports in Special Olympics. The balance, stability, and proper communication between the horse and the rider is a key element for success in the sport.

Equestrian is a fall sport where athletes train and compete from June through October.  Read below for futher information on the upcoming 2021 season.

2021 Available Events

  • Up to four classes
  • One obstacle
  • One equitation
  • One games event
  • Dressage (up to two consecutive level tests)

2021 Fall Games

SONJ is excited to announce the return of Fall Games in 2021!  Competition date and location are TBD at this time.  More information will be available in the coming weeks.

Additional Equestrian Information

Stay Safe

Regular physical activity is vital for good physical, social and emotional health. While there is a risk of injury with any type of physical activity, the benefits of staying active far outweigh the risks.

You can reduce your risk of exercise injury by:

  • wearing the right shoes
  • using the correct equipment
  • drinking water and staying hydrated
  • warming up and stretching properly
  • being aware of your surroundings – always exercise and compete in a safe and level area clear of any obstacles or items
  • maintaining social distancing rules when necessary (stay at least six feet away from others)

Stop exercising and seek medical help if you experience symptoms such as:

  • discomfort or pain
  • chest pain or other pain that could indicate a heart attack, including pain in the neck and jaw, pain traveling down the arm, or pain between the shoulder blades
  • shortness of breath
  • a rapid or irregular heartbeat
Participation Information

Games classes are not considered to be a part of Special Olympics competition. Special Olympics
awards will not be presented for these classes. Programs that do not meet the registration deadline may still compete in HRH classes, but will not be eligible for Special Olympics judging
and awards.

General Guidelines

• SONJ will cover entry fees associated with Special Olympics classes only. Entry into solely HRH classes and the associated fees are the responsibility of the individual athlete or LTP.
• No phone entries or entries on show day will be accepted.
• Appropriate equestrian attire is required.
• Lunch will be served on a 4:1 athlete to coach ratio at Fall Games.
• HRH registration paperwork must be postmarked by TBD and sent to:
Terry Masters, 47 Van Kirk Road, Princeton, NJ 08540.
• For all show inquiries, contact Christine Cardinal at (862) 324-3629 or csc1605@yahoo.com.

Criteria For Advancement

Teams are required to compete in league play to advance to Fall Games. Individual athletes may only miss two league games MAXIMUM in order to be eligible to advance to Fall Games.

Sports Registration Checklist

Read through and complete this checklist of to-dos before signing up for a local program.