More than fifteen Special Olympics athletes participated in an equestrian competition Sunday. 

The Area 3 Equestrian Competition was held at North Country Ride in Esko, MN. 

Participants took on events like Barrel Class, Western Equitation, English Equitation, English Obstacle, Pole Weaving and Showmanship.

Approximately 10 Years Ago, North Country Ride opened their facilities for Special Olympics qualifying events.

Terrance Lovejoy, Sr., a father of one participant, said having events like these help his son overcome multiple challenges. 

"These kinds of events actually help him with the different needs that he has. They help him overcome those challenges that he normally hasn't been able to overcome even with some of the other therapies that he has," Lovejoy said.

"Events like these are great for special needs kids because of that fact that it gives them the same opportunity as anyone else that does not have an intellectual disability," Dani Druse, the Area Program Director said. 

This was one of many Special Olympics events happening across Minnesota.