In 1993, only 13 local programs had Equestrian. Today that number is 58, with over 500 athletes across the state.  In 1990 the SONC Equestrian Development Team was established, the first in the state and one of the first in the country, serving as a model for all other SONC sports.

SONC offers 12 different events in performance and gymkhana. Performance classes showcase the ability of the athlete to control the horse and follow verbal instructions as well as learned patterns. Gymhkana, also called games events, are timed events in which an athlete or team must complete certain tasks while racing the clock!  SONC also offers Unified Sports relays in two and four-person teams.

Performance Classes

  • Dressage
  • Equitation (English & Western)
  • Equitation with Pattern (English & Western)
  • Western Riding
  • Working Trails (English & Western)
  • Showmanship at Halter/Bridle Classes (non-mounted performance class)

Gymkhana Events

  • Pole Bending
  • Barrel Racing
  • Figure 8 Stake Race
  • Team Relay (2 & 4-person)
  • Unified Sports Team Relay (2 & 4-person)

Special Olympics North Carolina Equestrian Tournament

The annual SONC Equestrian Tournament will be held in Raleigh in the fall of 2018 at the James B. Hunt Horse Complex.

Sport Development Team

These volunteers advise SONC staff regarding sport rule modifications, competition and also train coaches in their sport! For more information on the athletics sport development team, contact one of the members below or Andrea Stamm, SONC staff liaison.

Perry Flynn, SDT Director Greensboro, NC

Hellen Bee Lexington, NC

Denise Bricker Clayton, NC

Brad Glazer Rougemont, NC

Laura Luster Spring Lake, NC

Equestrian Tournament Information

2018 Equestrian Invitational Forms

All forms must be submitted by the local program coordinator.

Equestrian Invitational Sport Registration Forms

  • Equestrian Invitational Individual Registration Form
  • Equestrian Invitational Relay Team Registration Form

2018 Equestrian Tournament Forms

All forms must be submitted by the local program coordinator.

Equestrian Tournament Sport Registration Forms

Click here for a full list of Equestrian Tournament registration forms. These forms will be made available closer to the event date.

  • Equestrian Tournament Individual Registration Form
  • Equestrian Tournament Team Registration Form
  • Equestrian Tournament Horse Roster

Certification Information

All initial and re-certifications for equestrian (including leaders/sidewalkers) must be done through a training school. Please contact Brad Glazer on our Equestrian Sport Development Team if you have questions about certification. Equestrian certification along with a few other certifications must be updated every three years; you can check the status of theses certifications here.

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Certified Clinician

In addition to the sport development team, these volunteers are able to conduct local sport specific training schools on behalf of SONC. For more information on becoming a certified clinician, contact Andrea Stamm.