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, December 7, 2009

REINS Therapeutic Horsemanship Program hosted a Para-Equestrian RIDE-A-TEST on Sunday, November 8. Para-equestrian dressage enables riders with physical disabilities to compete in the art of horseback riding at the highest level, the Olympics.

Olympic Silver Medalist Lynn Seidemann and Dressage Judge David Schmutz presented and eight riders participated. Among those were three REINS students, including Adria Di Maria, who hopes to compete in the 2012 Para Olympics in London. Advertisement
Riders from around California attended as well.

The clinic was open to both riders and coaches. Everyone who attended enjoyed the chance to network and learn about this exciting form of competition. The clinic was a huge success and organizers anticipate future clinics in 2010.

For information on REINS, and ways to participate or support the program, go to or call (760) 731-9168.