LYMAN, Maine (NEWS CENTER) - Carlisle Academy, a riding school and equest therapeutic riding center, became the first venue to host a para-dressage symposium recognized and sponored by the United States Equestrian Foundation.
The four-day tutorial and training session attracted attracted some of the sports most accomplished individuals including gold medal Olympic trainers and judges from abroad to instruct novice and experienced riders across the country.
It's a platform for the participants to transition from simply riding horses for therapeutic purposes to transition into a competitive realm reaching the sports pinnacle like the World Equestrian Games or the Paralympics.
Dressage, many times referred to as the figure skating or ballet of equestrian, has been an Olympic sport since 1912 and been a part of the Paralympic games since the events inception in 1988.
It's the third year that Carlisle Academy has hosted a session, where it's becoming increasingly more advanced and outreaching than for just beginners in Maine and the New England area.
Mary Jordan, a Wells resident who was one of the planners and participants at the event, originally came up with the idea two years ago as a means to help her growth in the sport, but also give others the opportunity to branch out.
Jordan was also an alternate for the US paralympic team in the 2012 London Games