City of LA Partners with Ride On for Para-Equestrian Development On the Road to the 2028 Olympic and Paralympic Games
The City of Los Angeles has selected Ride On to spearhead its youth adaptive programming for equestrians in anticipation of the 2028 Olympic and Paralympic Games in Los Angeles. The three-year contract will invest in equestrian youth with disabilities across the City. Programs will involve quarterly rider development clinics at city-owned equestrian facilities, continuous training at Ride On’s Chatsworth facility, and marketing and outreach efforts at recreation centers. Each year the program will culminate at the CALNET Show held each May at the LA Equestrian Center in Burbank. This show will feature Para-Equestrian athletes in demonstrations, clinics and competition over three days.
“When we heard LA had secured the Olympic and Paralympic Games some years ago, we put together plans to expand our adaptive riding program to traditionally underserved communities across the city” said Ride On CEO Bryan McQueeney, “we were thrilled when LA2028 and the City developed the Play LA Youth and Adaptive Sports program giving us a unique opportunity to support this groundbreaking initiative.”
The 2028 Olympic Games Organizing Committee, LA2028, committed to provide $160 million to support youth sports programming and significantly increase access to sports. The youth sports program is structured to overcome barriers to participation, including gender equity and to increase access and opportunity for all young people particularly the economically disadvantaged and physical impaired.
LA2028 and the Department of Recreation and Parks created the Play LA Youth and Adaptive Sports Initiative specifically to support programming for the disabled community. “This is the first time the city has ventured into equestrian programming like this” said Laura Island, Principal Recreation Supervisor of the Citywide Adaptive Recreation Division, “Ride On has an impeccable reputation and we are fortunate to have such an experienced and respected partner to help us develop this program.” Please click here for the full Press Release.
Launch Event: May 20, 2022. Ride On will be holding a launch event on Friday May 20, 2022, at the LA Equestrian Center, 480 Riverside Drive at 5pm. The event will feature a demonstration and talks by Para-Equestrian Dressage athletes, coaches and officials.