At the 1987 Special Olympics World Summer Games in Indianapolis, Indiana, 38 athletes competed in the equestrian sports competition; one year later equestrian was added as an official Special Olympics sport. The training season is usually year round with a culminating event at Summer Games in June at Penn State University.

Details for Delaware County Program

SOPA Season: Spring/Summer

Head Coach: Missy Zepka

What to Expect: TBD

Training Specifics: Training takes place at Thorncroft Equestrian Center in Malvern.

Competition Dates: Delaware County currently does not compete.

Equipment: TBD

Uniform Requirements: TBD


ALL athletes must have a current medical (on Special Olympics PA medical form) that runs through the end of the season. If the athlete medical is not up-to-date, athletes WILL NOT be able to participate. Unfortunately, there are no exceptions to this rule since it poses a safety risk to the entire program. An up-to-date medical must always be on file with the coach as well as sent to To download a copy of medical application, check our resource page. To check on medical expiration date, please go here:

ALL athletes must attend at least 8 trainings and participate in qualifiers to be eligible to compete in State Games (Summer Games/Fall Festival/Indoor Winter Games).

ALL athletes can participate in multiple sports during the same season, but must declare a primary sport for State Games (Summer Games/Fall Festival/Indoor Winter Games).