Carlisle Academy Named a Paralympic Sports Club

“Now, our athletes, who dream of competing on a national or world stage, have all of the tools they need to reach that dream.” said Sarah Armentrout, Founder of Carlisle Academy

The United States Olympic Committee has recognized Maine’s Carlisle Academy as an official Paralympic Sports Club.

This is more than an honor for New England’s premier integrative riding school. It connects the programs at Carlisle with the Paralympic Games, conducted immediately after the Olympics every four years.

Carlisle works with those with disabilities to develop equestrian skills through a number of training programs.

Carlisle Academy’s main Paralympic training comes in the form of clinics, led by experts in dressage and driving from around the world. The most recent featured Michel Assouline, a French dressage champion. Assouline was recently appointed to be the head of para-equestrian coach development and high performance consultant by the United States Equestrian Federation (US Equestrian). Riders from around the United States came to Lyman in early May for the kind of instruction that could lead them to the Paralympic Games. Several more clinics are scheduled for this spring and summer.

As a recognized Paralympic Sports Club, Carlisle has access to the vast resource network of the U.S. Paralympics organization.

“We have been working steadily toward the goal of joining the Paralympic movement,” said Sarah Armentrout, Carlisle, co-founder and executive director of Carlisle Academy. “Now, our athletes, who dream of competing on a national or world stage, have all of the tools they need to reach that dream.”

Carlisle has also been recognized as one of only three International Para-equestrian centers of excellence by the leading…

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