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Para-Equestrian Developing Driver Clinics Presented by United States Driving for the Disabled

Moorpark, California - January 24, 2013- United States Driving for The Disabled (USDFD) is conducting a series of clinics for the 2013 calendar year. The clinics are open to current and future Para-Equestrians featuring a "try-it-and-see-if-you-like-it" section of the clinic. The first clinic is scheduled for March 16 and17th in Moorpark, CA. Future clinic dates and clinicians will be announced including Spring and Fall Clinics in Florida, the northeast of the United States and the west coast of the United States. USDFD would like to share the pleasure of driving with more equestrians while building the skill level of currently competitive drivers. The clinics are free to those interested. Clinics will provide instruction in driven dressage, hazards and cones. Lessons will be adapted to the skill level of each driver. Equestrians may bring their own horse and carriage or contact USDFD to borrow a horse and equipment. If sponsors or donors would like to participate in this exciting series please contact United States Driving for the Disabled Vice President Diane Kastama at e-mail: dkastama@verizon.net or by Phone: 805-343-6026.

  • Dates: March 16 and 17 , 2013
  • Where: Oak Run Farm
  • 8450 Happy Camp Road
  • Moorpark, CA 93021
Clinicians
  • Hardy Zantke, ADS & USEF "R" Combined Driving Judge, FEI Combined Driving Judge and Para-Equestrian Judge.Competed in pairs and 4-in -hands; served as Chef d' Equipe for many USA teams competing abroad.
  • Jody Cutler, ADS "R" in Pleasure Driving and Dressage, ADS "S" in Combined Driving, USEF "r" in Pleasure Driving
  • Diane Kastama, World Champion in Para-Equestrian driving Grade 1. Competes at Advanced combined driving single and pair.

Note From USDFD:

Come improve your driving skills, learn about local, regional and international competition opportunities for the Para-Equestrian. Driving is a great equalizing sport. Come see and feel the freedom of being behind the lines in a carriage. Everyone is welcome to attend and audit. Clinics will provide instruction in driven dressage, hazards and cones. Lessons will be adapted to the skill level of each driver. Bring your own horse and carriage or let us know if you need to borrow a horse and equipment.
There will be a try-it-and-see-you-like-it for the future para-equestrian driver in the California and Florida clinics which provides a chance to get behind the lines and in a carriage to feel the thrill of driving.

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  • Contact: Diane Kastama Vice President of United States Driving for The Disabled.
  • Email: dkastama@verizon.net , Phone: 805-343-6026
  • For more information: Please visit www.usdfd.org

2012 FEI Para-Equestrian Driving World Championships in Breda, the Netherlands. Driver is Diane Kastama, Horse is Ruby KWPN , Groom is Jody Cutler Picture taken by Marie de Ronde

About the United States Driving for the Disabled, Inc

United States Driving for the Disabled, Inc., a 501(c)(3) non-profit organization, seeks to improve the lives of physically challenged individuals throughout the United States and Canada by providing the experience of driving horses in a safe and challenging environment. Our mission is to provide the extraordinary benefit of therapeutic driving to as many people as possible through sharing knowledge, experience, and serving as a resource for innovations in adaptive equipment for drivers, trainers, and programs offering carriage driving. The Sybil Dukehart Memorial Fund seeks to provide financial assistance to equip and train disabled drivers through providing scholarship funds to applicants. USDFD fosters opportunities for drivers to compete in national and international amateur competitions by training and providing financial support for Team USA.

  • United States Driving for the Disabled, Inc
  • 32450 S. Wright Rd.
  • Molalla, OR 97038
  • Ph: 503-550-9384