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.


Thursday, July 30, 2009

Well, as I pulled up to the stable today, I could hear my boy Pan Pan in the background. ( For those of you who don't know.....he is quite the "chatty" fellow!) but this was an unusal about of verbalizations. He had been turned out and was having a grand time socializing with all the geldings. They all took turns grooming him..... rock star comes to town... It was fun to see. I don't think Pan Pan has been allowed herd interaction in years! While he was socializing, I had my formal lesson on a new horse, Bueller, a Belgium warm blood 16 2 hands. Bueller is a newcomer to the barn. He has a very smooth gate, and although he was a sluggish to start...we made great progress by lessons' end. There is lots of potential to grow and compete with this horse. How exciting!

Wednesday, July 29, 2009

This is the weekend Reins celebrates a wonderful year of riding with a horse show, games and some good hot dogs! I have the opportunity to set up a booth to display my paintings. This is an opportunity to earn some money for the trip Sarah and I will be taking in November to Kansas City for the UPHA Horse Show.

Pan Pan is no stranger to treats!