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 16, 2009

My second greatest passion... painting. I just completed this series inspired by attending the auction of wild mustangs in Romona. It was a beautiful herd, overflowing with power and spirit. View more of my work at

Sunday, November 15, 2009

Attended another Paralympic Clinic today... with the Paralympic coach , but this time it was about hour and fifteen minutes away. Habakatz was right on and we had one of the best rides ever. However, as with every adventure we had one "interesting " moment. He tripped at the trot ,scarred himself ( the train whistle blowing in back ground didn't help) and went in a full canter. After quickly re-collecting my reins in one hand and grabbing the saddle with the other, we did several very small circle at the canter. I guess watching all those rodeo spins kicked in and I was able to bring him back. Thanks to Sarah, my instructor, for being there for me as groom , trainer, horse transporter and whatever else is needed., and to Kim for allowing me to ride her incredible horse. It was a lovely day....and Harbakatz passed our "dry run" away from home with flying colors. Next stop.... the show circuit!