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.


Friday, August 14, 2009

The European Para Equestrian Championships will take place next week in Kristiansand in Norway from 19 – 23 August 2009.

Para Equestrian Dressage is the only discipline currently in the Paralympic Games.

There are currently 80 of the world’s top disabled riders from 22 different countries looking to compete at the European Para Equestrian Championship, which will be opened by Norway’s Princess Märtha Louise. The event will also serve as a qualifier for 2010 Alltech FEI World Equestrian Games (WEG) in Kentucky in the United States. Not only will it be the first time WEG will take place in the United States, but it will also be the first time Para Equestrian dressage forms one of the disciplines.

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