Less than a year after it was formed the British Para Show Jumping Association (BPSJA) has integrated with the British Show Jumping Association (BSJA).

The BPSJA will run affiliated and unaffiliated competitions for its members as part of the BSJA — in the same way as the British Para Dressage Trust is part of British Dressage.

The BSJA’s new para equestrian jumping committee, chaired by Michael Mac, has approved rules and grades for the newly affiliated sport.

BPSJA members now receive a discounted BSJA membership fee of £40 for a rider and one horse. Adult BSJA membership normally costs from £118 and £69 per horse.

BPSJA chairman Andy Lawes told H&H: “This is the first step towards us becoming an FEI (International Equestrian Association) sport, which is our aim.

“The BSJA will send rules to the British Equestrian Federation who will pass them to the FEI as a possible foundation for an international sport.”

The BPSJA has 35 members but Mr Mac said he envisaged 300 riders taking part within three years.

• Visit: www.bpsja.co.uk

This article was first published in Horse & Hound (21 May, ’09)