Bio - Adria Di Maria

Allow me to introduce myself, Adria Di Maria, and the exciting world of Para-equestrian dressage, a sport which has been developing over the past 25 years. Athletes are classified according to their level of disability and compete on a national and international level. I contracted Polio in 1955, and as a result have significant weakness in both of my legs.

My goal is simple: I plan on being the best challenged rider I can be. This means being not only a member of our proud US Para-equestrian Team, but also a respected and contributing member of the community. As a Para-equestrian competitor, I hope to become an ambassador for the disabled athlete and to the world community in the specialty of Para Dressage at the Paralympics in 2012/ England.


Sunday, July 5, 2009


This is the first posting to ...A Para-equestrian's Passion. I'm looking forward to sharing many wonderful adventures with you. Thanks for coming on the journey. I hope to post regular updates.

My current competitive partner is a wonderful 16 2 h Dutch Warm Blood, named Pan Pan aka Little Cesar. He is a big boy with a big heart. Pan Pan is enjoying life as a country gentleman after years of competitive jumping. We are working on USEF first level Dressage Test and having fun preparing a " pas de deux " ( a dance for two) with my wonderful trainer, Sarah, as part of the Reins' Hoedown. Our music .. John Cash....Ghost Riders in the Sky!!

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