Tomorrow Begins United States Driving for the Disabled Free Para-Equestrian Developing Driver Clinic

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

Developing Driver Clinic Fast Facts:

When: October 9-13, 2013

Where: Shady Oaks CDE in Lodi, CA

Cost: Free to United States Driving for the Disabled Members


Fritz Grupe, Represented USA in the FEI World Pairs, host and builder of California’s premier Combined Driving event Shady Oaks.

Drew Callahan, Advanced Driver, Driving and Dressage trainer and coach, based in Scottsdale, AZ.

Diane Kastama, World Champion in Para-Equestrian Driving Grade 1. Competes at Advanced Combined Driving Single and Pair.

*Clinic is open to Para-Equestrians competing at Shady Oaks CDE
limited spots for auditors – contact Diane Kastama*

Format of Clinic:

Wednesday, October 9, 2013 & Thursday, October 10, 2013:

Individual dressage session with Drew Callahan on day prior to competitors scheduled dressage time. Drive your test with Drew and get instant feedback on what you can do to improve your test the next day.

Friday, October 11, 2013:

Group walk with Fritz Grupe out in the hazards. Discuss your routes ask questions of Shady Oaks expert on these hazards.
Saturday afternoon or Sunday morning – Group walk of cones course with Drew Callahan, discuss options to cones, places to make up speed how to approach the tricky sets. Time will be decided based on when cones course is open for inspection.

Contact: Diane Kastama, 805-458-2428, to sign up for clinic. Clinic is free for USDFD members.
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Friday, October 12 & 13, 2013:

Schedule will be given to participants.

For more information: Please visit

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


Written by: Diane Kastama

About United States Para-Equestrian Association:

The USPEA is a network of riders, judges, national federation board members, and equestrian enthusiasts.  The association gives athletes the ability to get involved and expand their knowledge and experience in the Para-Equestrian sport. The USPEA encourages para-athletes to participate in all disciplines under the para-equestrian umbrella.

The USPEA is a recognized affiliate of the United States Equestrian Federation (USEF) which serves as the National Governing Body for the equestrian sport.  This relationship between the USPEA and USEF is to encourage para-equestrian competitors, leisure riders, coaches, fans and enthusiasts to network and get involved with the entire equestrian sport.

Ultimately the goal of the USPEA is to foster growth in the para-equestrian discipline.  From growth in the number of participants to growth as a team, and growth in the experience and knowledge of all involved.  From local horse shows to international Olympic Games, the USPEA will provide para-equestrians the knowledge of what they need to succeed.  The USPEA connects with the International Olympic Committee (IOC), the Federation Equestre Internationale (FEI), the United States Dressage Federation (USDF), and USEF which provides Para-Equestrians the top equestrian resources.

In June 2010, the USPEA earned its 501 (c)(3) status which has encouraged supporters to help supply funding to the Para-Equestrian Team as a recognized affiliate of the United States Equestrian Federation (USEF).

For more information about the USPEA, please visit or contact USPEA President Hope Hand by e-mail: or by phone: (610)356-6481.

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