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.


Monday, November 9, 2009

What a wonderful para-equestrian clinic..... the weather was perfect, the horses behaved and the bougainvillea was in full bloom. Lynn Seidemann and Sarah Newton Cromwell did a great job in planning the day with much information
presented. A big thank you for all their hard work. Everyone felt like they really got the inside "scoop" about paralympic competition, and was excited about forming a group of interested rider to attend some local schooling shows ( we have the horse trailers ready to go)! Watching the different riding levels with an excellent critique by Judge David Schmutz was extremely valuable. Abled bodied riders were shocked at the difficulty of the para-tests.

A fun day was topped by a magnificent demonstration of the level four Championship Paraequestrain Test by Jill riding her beautiful Frisian, Walling.He is the beauty with the long tresses....

Some more fun Hoedown Pictures...thanks to my friend, Angel!