Nicole Kullen riding a young trakehner stallion in an Official EFA competition in Australia.

Nicole Kullen represented Australia at the 2007 FEI World Para Equestrian Dressage Championships at Hartpury College in the UK

 

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Nicole Kullen riding 'Nomination' in Belgium at the CPDI**** First International Combined Festival of Dressage and Paralympic Qualifier event for the 2008 Beijing Paralympics


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 Nicole Kullen. Awarded '2005 EFA NSW RDA Rider of the Year' Award

 

Nicole Kullen riding 'Nomination' in Belgium Sept 2006, at the CPDI**** First International Combined Festival of Dressage and Paralympic Qualifier event for the 2008 Beijing Paralympics

 

Nicole Kullen riding a young Trakehner stallion that was loaned to her to compete at an Official EFA Dressage Competition in May 2006

 

 

 


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August 2007 

Nicole Kullen (me) riding Worleston Billy receiving Silver medal at the 2007 FEI World Para Equestrian Dressage Championships in the UK. Photo Courtesy of Hartpury College.

To see photos & results of Nicole Kullen

representing Australia at the

2007 FEI World Para Equestrian

Dressage Championships

at Hartpury College, Gloucestershire,

United Kingdom

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Nicole Kullen World Champ's UK Trip

Nicole Kullen wins Silver & Bronze at the World Championships

N.K

What is Para Equestrian?

In 2006 the FEI, in agreement with

the International Paralympic Committee,

added Equestrian competition for Riders with a Disability. 

Now known as Para-Equestrian, it is the

8th Discipline of the FEI.

Para Equestrian is Dressage Competitions

for Riders with Disabilities.

Para Equestrian is the only Paralympic sport where man and animal are team mates, and one of the few events where men & women compete on equal terms. Plus age is not a factor.

In Para Equestrian, each rider is classified to determine their level of disability, and once classified, riders are given a Functional Profile Number and a Grade.

Each rider’s disability needs to be classified so that people with similar levels of ability can be grouped into Grades in which they compete. In Para Equestrian, there are five grades that riders are put in. Each Grade reflects the rider’s physical ability.

Grade 1 being for the riders with the most significantly reduced physical ability, thru to Grade 4 being for riders who have a more increased physical ability.

The movements performed in each Grade's tests vary.

For example, riders who ride in Grade 1a, perform dressage tests in walk only. Whereas riders who ride in Grade 4 perform dressage tests which are of medium/advanced standard.

 

 

..A brief view of Para Equestrian Grades and..

..level of Movements performed..

Grade 1a

Walk Only Tests

Grade 1b

Walk & Trot Tests, & may show some lateral work in Freestyles

Grade II

Walk and Trot Tests, but Canter allowed in Freestyle and may

show some lateral work in Freestyle

Grade III

Walk, Trot and Canter Tests and may show lateral work in Freestyle

Grade IV

Walk, Trot, Canter Tests, Canter Half-Pirouettes, 3 and 4 sequence changes and lateral work

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Major Para Equestrian Competitions involve a

 Team Test, Championship Test & Freestyle Test for all Grades

These are usually scheduled over 3 days.

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Grades I, II and III  compete in a 40 x 20 metre arena.

And currently, Grade IV is the only grade riding in

a 60 x 20 metre arena

 

When necessary, Para Equestrian riders can use compensating aids approved by FEI PE, such as a special saddle,

adapted reins, elastic bands, two whips etc.

All Para-Equestrian riders are encouraged to ride

in EFA Dressage Competitions

Some riders will carry an EFA RDA Exemption Card, if they need specialist equipment that does not comply with EFA Rules. Riders can also mention to Judges that they carry Exemptions for specific needs i.e. reins in two hands for saluting, two whips etc as they present their EFA RDA Exemption Card.

Riders who have an EFA RDA Exemption Card, are

in no way given an advantage over other EFA Competitors

as it is there to provide an equal playing field.

All Para-Equestrian Riders in EFA & FEI Competitions are judged in exactly the same way as all other Competitors. 

Nicole Kullen - Para Equestrian

See Nicole's Profile & Achievements on her NK Profile Page

After contracting Menningococcal Meningitis Septiceamia in 1996, I've slowly progressed around my horses. Both my lower legs were amputated, I have limited arm movement and strength, with no use or feeling in both hands and wrists.

Then in 2000 I lost all remaining function from both kidneys and now rely on Peritoneal Dialysis 4 times daily.

In 2000, I began competing in dressage competitions with the EFA (Equestrian Federation of Australia) for able-bodied riders, & the RDAA (Riding for the Disabled Assoc. of Australia) for riders with a disability. And as of 2006, I began competing internationally with the FEI (The Fédération Equestre Internationale)

Since then I haven't looked back.

Now some of my achievements include:

In March 2008 - Announced as one of the four Para Equestrians athletes nominated to the Australian Paralympic Committee to represent Australia at the 2008 Paralympics in Hong Kong.

 

Awarded The Horse Magazine's 'Eqvalan Rider of the Year' for 2007

Becoming the 2005 RDAA Australian National Dressage Champion

Represented Australia at the 2007 FEI World Para Equestrian Dressage Championships in July 2007 held at Hartpury College, United Kingdom. Nicole was one of seven riders who represented Australia at the event. She won a Silver Medal in the Individual Championship, a Bronze Medal in the Individual Freestyle to Music, and a 6th in the Team Test. Nicole was also one of four riders selected to represent Australia in the Teams event, which placed 7th overall. To add to this achievement; Nicole was the only Australian to medal at the event, & the only rider on a borrowed horse to win a medal at the World Championships.

 Awarded the prestigious award of

'2005 Equestrian Federation of Australia NSW RDA Rider of the Year'

 

Represented Australia at 'The First International Combined Festival of Dressage' CPDI4**** International Para Equestrian Competition in Belgium in Sept 2006. This event was also a Paralympic Qualifier event for the 2008 Beijing Paralympics. After a very successful event, achieving a 4th, =4th & 6th, Nicole is now qualified for selection for Beijing.

Selected as part of the Paralympic Preparation Dressage Squad (PPP Squad) in 2006 & been selected & part of the RDAA National Dressage Squad since 2002.

Represented Australia in the Trans Tasman Challenge (Aus vs NZ) which Australia won at the 2005 RDAA Australian National Dressage Championships. As well as representing NSW in the State Teams competition.

... And Much More ...

 Nicole Kullen & Light Nefarious 2005 RDAA National Dressage Champions

 

Nicole Kullen riding a young trakehner stallion in an Official EFA competition.

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Nicole Kullen - NEEDS YOUR HELP

Nicole is looking for Sponsors & Supporters to help her towards her training & competition expenses. Your support will help Nicole towards fulfilling her sporting goals of competing successfully in EFA, FEI & Para Equestrian Dressage Competitions, as well as helping her towards achieving a higher level of competition at both a National and International standard

 

Support whether it be financial, or via provision of products, goods or services, are all a major support to help Nicole succeed in her future endeavours

 

Nicole's very dedicated at working hard to reach her goals in life.

Unfortunately, there are many expenses associated with her participation in the Equestrian sports of Dressage & Para Equestrian. And even more so now she's competing at a National & International level & has to fully fund her participation in the sport.

 

If you think you can help please go to the

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A bit about Nicole Kullen

In 1996 Nicole contracted Menningacoccal Meningitis Septicemia. Nicole had both lower legs amputated & was left with limited arm movement with no function in both hands & wrists. All of her internal organs were damaged, & she now relies on Peritoneal Dialysis 4 times daily to keep her alive. Plus, there's too many other health problems to mention here.

  

Nicole is a member of the Paralympic Preparation Dressage Squad (PPP Squad) & has represented both N.S.W & Australia.

 

Nicole competes regularly in EFA, RDAA & FEI Dressage Competitions & also needs to attend specialized training camps & clinics with her coach & the APC/RDA to maintain her level of training as well as her position on the PPP Squad.

All this is to help Nicole on her way towards selection for the 2008 Beijing Paralympics.

Plus many competitions in between to get there.

 

 

Nicole is an experienced & determined rider

who's achievements include:

  

In March 2008 - Announced as one of the four Para Equestrians athletes nominated to the Australian Paralympic Committee to represent Australia at the 2008 Paralympics in Hong Kong.

 

The Horse Magazine's Eqvalan Rider of the Year 2007

  

Represented Australia at the 2007 FEI World Para Equestrian Dressage Championships in held at Hartpury College, United Kingdom. Nicole was one of seven riders who represented Australia at the event. She won a Silver Medal in the Individual Championship, a Bronze Medal in the Individual Freestyle to Music, and a 6th in the Team Test. Nicole was also one of four riders selected to represent Australia in the Teams event, which placed 7th overall. To add to this achievement; Nicole was the only Australian to medal at the event, & the only rider on a borrowed horse to win a medal at the World Championships.

She also won at other competitions whilst over in Britain.

  

Becoming the 2005 RDAA Australian National Dressage Champion

  

 Awarded '2005 Equestrian Federation of Australia NSW RDA Rider of the Year'

  

Represented Australia at 'The First International Combined Festival of Dressage' CPDI4**** International Para Equestrian Competition in Belgium in Sept 2006. This event was also a Paralympic Qualifier event for the 2008 Beijing Paralympics. After a very successful event, achieving a 4th, =4th & 6th, Nicole is now qualified for selection for Beijing.

  

Selected as part of the Paralympic Preparation Dressage Squad (PPP Squad) in 2006 & been selected & part of the RDAA National Dressage Squad since 2002.

  

Represented Australia in the Trans Tasman Challenge (Aus vs NZ) which Australia won at the 2005 RDAA Australian National Dressage Championships

  


I would not be where I am today without the valuable support of my Sponsors and Supporters I want to thank my current Sponsors & Supporters & hopefully welcome some new support. N.K

 

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