2017 Para-Equestrian Driving Clinics

by USDFD on December 20, 2016

Competitive Focus:

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 reins in a carriage.  Everyone is welcome to attend and audit.    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.  Clinician: Sara Schmitt

Contact Marcie Quist quistlaw@gmail.com

February 25-26 (CT competition on 26th): Southern Pines, NC

April 1-2: Wilton, CA at Claystation Horse Park

August 19-20: Fitchburg, WI at Hickory Knoll Farm

Introductory/Beginner Focus:

  • Clinic for Spinal Cord Injuries in conjunction with Triumph Foundation. Open to all who are interested regardless of type of disability. Basic instruction on driving with accessible carriages available. Multiple Clinicians.

Contact Diane Kastama, dkastama@verizon.net  805-343-6026

February 4-5: Moorpark, CA


  • Beginning Carriage Driving Clinic: Learn about carriages and harnesses, how to ground drive, harness and hitch, experience driving a horse, and safety. Open to everyone ages 10 years and older with or without a disability.  11 am to 3 pm.  $150.00  Clinician: Melissa Yarbrough

Contact Melissa K Yarbrough, at inspireequinetherapy@gmail.com

February 18: Clearwater, Florida

All Levels Driving/Instructor Focus:

  • Four day instructor clinic geared toward PATH Therapeutic Driving Instructor Certification or any driving instructor who would like to learn more about teaching drivers with disabilities. Dinner and presentation on driving safety will take place on Monday evening. Drivers will then attend a clinic with both mounted and unmounted lectures and lessons beginning on Tuesday morning May 9th through Thursday May 11th (4PM).  Variety of practice turnouts – ponies, horses, carriages – 2 and 4 wheeled.  May stay to attend 12th – 13th  clinic below.

Contact Boo Martin bmartin@touchstone-farm.org, 603-654-6308

May 8-11: Temple, NH -Touchstone Farm


  • Driving Clinic and ADT competition coaching all levels. Individual lessons with your own turnout or accessible turnouts available to use (horse and carriage).  Arena Driving Trial to be held on May 13 with special division for first timers.  Accessible lodging available on site.  Clinicians: Boo Martin, Scott Monroe

Contact Boo Martin bmartin@touchstone-farm.org, 603-654-6308

May 12-13 (ADT Competition on 13th): Temple, NH -Touchstone Farm



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USDFD/Triumph Foundation Para-Driving Clinic

by USDFD on February 4, 2016

indexOn January 23rd and 24th USDFD and the Triumph Foundation (http://www.triumph-foundation.org) introduced twenty two individuals with spinal cord injuries to the exciting sport of carriage driving at the Cutler’s Oak Run Farm in Moorpark, CA. Hardy Zantke and Diane Kastama kicked off the clinic with explanations of the sport, adaptive equipment, and Q&A sessions.

The highlight for everyone attending was the opportunity to actually drive a horse, pony, or mule by themselves using one of the various types of adaptive carriages (accompanied by an experienced able bodied driver equipped with a second set of reins for safety). The clinic was a huge success and opened new vistas to many individuals some of whom had limited experience with horses previously.

Thanks go to all our horse and carriage owners, volunteers, the Brass Oak Driving Society, Whip r Snappers Driving Club, and the Triumph Foundation for helping to organize and sponsor the clinic which was free to all participants.

In particular we would like to thank Diane Kastama, Hardy Zantke, Gregg and Jody Cutler, Ronda and John McPherson, Lee Worsham, Melanie Brooker, Blythe and Fianna Wilde, Sharon and Geoff Gee, Lilla and Aleks Hewitt, Katie Twohy and Johanna for making this such a memorable event!!

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Para-Driver Stefanie Putnam Triumphs Big Time at Shady Oaks CDE

October 19, 2015

Lodi, CA – October 16, 2015 – Para-Equestrian Driver Stefanie Putnam and her horse Bethesda After Dark (Shadow), brought home a big win from Shady Oaks Combined Driving Event (CDE) in Lodi, California. This prestigious three day CDE took place September 18- 20, 2015. Putnam drove over three days competing in the driven dressage test, […]

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Clinic – Newcastle, CA – August 31, 2015

August 17, 2015

For Actively Competing Para-Equestrian Drivers Newcastle, CA – August 31, 2015- The United States Equestrian Federation, Inc. (USEF) is pleased to present a one day Para Equestrian Driving Clinic featuring clinician Olof Larsson at Whispering Oaks Performance Horses in Newcastle, California. The high performance clinic is geared to currently competing para-equestrian drivers who are members […]

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Two Day USEF High Performance Para Clinic

June 29, 2015

Para-Equestrian drivers, as well as riders, attended the clinic hosted by USEF at the Rancho Murieta Equestrian Center in California. In attendance were six of our drivers working with cllnicians Hardy Zantke and Diane Kastama to whom we owe a heartfelt thank you. There were joint sessions and lunches with the para dressage riders, coaches, […]

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May 30th – Para Driving clinic at Carlisle Academy in Lyman Maine

May 8, 2015

Upcoming Clinics for Para-Equestrian Drivers Clinician: Para Equestrian World Champion Diane KastamaContact Sarah Armentroutat sarmentrout@carlisleacademymaine.com or 207-985-0374 http://carlisleacademymaine.com/programs/training-leadership/para-dressage-education-training/

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Carriage Dog Photo Contest

April 17, 2015

Here are the results of the Carriage Dog Photo Contest that ADS recently held on their facebook site – both Diane with her GoldenDoodle and Stef with her Yellow Lab finished in the top 10 out of 65 entries.  I think it is a testimony to the broad marketing appeal and publicity that our disabled drivers can […]

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Equestrienne Equal

March 23, 2015

http://pvamag.com/sns/article/6796/equestrienne_equal Article was written by the gal who had interviewed Diane Kastama and wrote the article for a local newspaper, she then re-wrote it and submitted it to the National Magazine Sports and Spokes.

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VIP Diane Kastama Rides Again & Helps Team USA Win Bronze

January 23, 2015

On a recent Friday at her home on the Nipomo Mesa, Grand Meadows Sponsored FEI World Carriage Driver, Diane Kastama, took her horse Rupert out for a drive. Although she was in an automobile accident that left her paralyzed, Diane still drives carriages competitively. In late June, she helped Team USA take bronze at the […]

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Diane Kastama Won the Becky Grand Hart Trophy

December 24, 2014

Congratulations to our VIP Driver, Diane Kastama of Arroyo Grande, CA, who recently won the Becky Grand Hart Trophy from the United States Equestrian Federation (USEF). The award is presented to international-level non-Olympic athletes. Para-equestrian driver Diane Kastama enjoyed an outstanding season in 2014, which saw her top Advanced CDE competition and earn a World […]

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