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.


Tuesday, September 8, 2009

A wonderful Para-equestrian rider on a beautiful horse! This is the goal I hope some day to achieve... Lauren was paralyzed from the waist down. The official dressage test starts after the bell rings..(the first few frames are just warm up....)

Monday, September 7, 2009

Well, I had great plans to practice for the Hoedown while Sarah, my trainer, was off in Washington State taking her Master's level instructor's test this weekend. But needed to put my house back together after major repairs..and pulled my back so no riding. So I took the paper and headed out to the stable to spend quality time with Pan. I turned him out in his favorite arena, the one adjoining the gelding pasture. I pulled up a chair , unrolled the newspaper and watched my boy dance back and forth with the 6 boys on the other side of the fences. When that got old, they all lined up and took turns grooming our rock star. It was a lovely relaxing time..for both of us!