The 2021 FEI European Para Dressage Championships has been cancelled to allow competitors to focus on the Tokyo Paralympic Games, which were postponed to 2021 owing to the coronavirus pandemic. The next European championships for para dressage riders is expected to take place in 2023.
The para dressage competition is split into three tests. On day one, every rider will complete the individual test in their respective grade, with individual medals awarded in each grade. Next comes the team test, which will be ridden by all four members of the team, with the best three scores from this test only to determine the team medals. The best eight riders from the individual test in each grade will then go on to contest the freestyle competition, which has its own set of medals. There are 11 sets of medals up for grabs in total.
Each nation can enter either a maximum of two individuals, or one team of three or four. Every para rider is classified according to their disability and the degree to which it affects their riding. Grade I is for the most severely impaired athletes, and grade V is for the least. Every team must field at least one rider from grade I, II or III, and no more than two from the same grade.