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CAA Driver Proficiency Program

Welcome to the Carriage Association of America’s Driver Proficiency Program

We hope that your participation in this program will help to increase your awareness and knowledge of driving, how to do so safely and correctly, and earn you a CAA Driver Proficiency Certificate.

In addition to evaluating drivers’ proficiency at the various levels, this program also allows for those interested in becoming driving instructors to accomplish the prerequisites at the levels. This will ensure the standard for traditional driving and horsemanship skills will continue.

Level 1:

The basic level (but not for complete beginners) is for those ready to drive away from home. This is a competence evaluation and will confirm that you are doing things safely. This level covers harness knowledge, harnessing and putting to, practical driving, horse care, and general knowledge. Any safe style of driving is accepted. Open to CAA members and non-members.

Road Driving Assessment:

Recommended before driving horses/ponies on public roads and in traffic. Road Driving can be taken on its own without actually accomplishing Level I. However, to take Level II, you must have been successful with Level I and Road Driving. Open to CAA members and non-members.

Level 2:

This level is suited to the more experienced driver who participates in some form of competitive driving, and it may include pair driving. The prerequisites for this level are successful completion of Level 1 and the Road Driving Assessment, followed by additional driving instruction/experience. Typical drivers at this level will be able to drive an unfamiliar horse, work competently in a driving environment with some responsibility, drive competently in company of other horses and perhaps in competition, and look after a group of horses/ponies competently and maintain them over a period of time both in work and at rest. Drivers must be able to drive with the traditional English (one-handed) or Achenbach style of driving. Available to CAA members only.

Level 3:

The highest recognition offered this level requires demonstration of horsemanship and driving ability, continuing with unit-based competence. In order to achieve a full certificate for Level 3, a candidate must complete all the compulsory Units, 1,2,3, plus any one of the optional Units 4,5, or 6. Candidates will receive credit for all units they complete successfully. Available to CAA members only.

Level 3’s Compulsory Units:

1. Training of the Driven Horse; 2. Practical Driving - Single Horse; 3. Vehicles and Harness

Level 3’s Optional Units:

Any one Unit is required for the full certificate:

4. Pair Driving - Advanced Level; 5. Driving with Four Reins -Tandem; 6. Driving with Four Reins - Four-in-hand

Level 1 / Road Driving ($18), Level 2 ($15), and Level 3 ($15) Syllabus booklets are available now from the CAA office for the amount shown plus postage of $3.

Evaluation Fees are: Level 1 (CAA members) $75; Level 1 (non-members) $85; Road Driving, taken with Level I $30; Road Driving $60; Level II (CAA members only) $100/unit 1; $75/other units; Level 3 (CAA members only) $85/unit.

The Carriage Association of America,

3915 Jay Trump Road, Lexington, KY 40511.

859-231-0971, 859-231-0973 (fax), info@caaonline.com, www.caaonline.com

Instructors

Gloria Austin - Levels 1, 2,& 3
3024 Marion County Road
Weirsdale, FL 32195
352-753-3062 or 352-408-6788 (mobile)
gloria@gloriaaustin.com

Debbie Banfield - Level 1
3329 Cynthiana Road
Georgetown, KY 40324
502-863-5113
gayla3329@aol.com

Theresa D. Burns - Level 1
17953 K Trail
Perry, IA 50220
515-975-6102
theresa@mastersonmethod.com

Lindsay Clark - Level 1
Grand Oaks Resort
3000 Marion County Road
Weirsdale, FL 32195

Patricia Demers - Levels 1 & 2
4824 West Ave K-8
Quartz Hill, CA 93536
661-722-2010
carpediemfarm@aol.com

Michelle Dlugoborski - Level 1
Grand Oaks Resort
3000 Marion County Road
Weirsdale, FL 32195
352-750-5500 x249 or 352-537-9910 (mobile)
michelle.dlugoborski@fcmr.org

Deborah Egan - Level 1
P.O. Box 110
Sullivan, OH 44880
646-878-5420
dutchharness@aim.com

Kacy Tipton-Fashik - Levels 1 & 2
Grand Oaks Resort
3000 Marion County Road
Weirsdale, FL 32195
352-750-5500 x229 or 352-409-1398 (mobile)
kacyf@thegrandoaks.com

John Greenall - Level 1
268 Kings Hwy at Blood Hill Road
W. Windsor, VT 05089
802-436-2266
john@greenallcarriage.com

Leslie Hernandez - Level 1
4716 Green Have Lane
Goshen, KY 40026
502-867-3078
pnydrvrs79@aol.com

Jose Hernandez - Level 1
4716 Green Have Lane
Goshen, KY 40026
502-867-3078
pnydrvrs79@aol.com

Steve Holm - Levels 1,2, & 3
2124 Wetherburn Road
Christansburg, VA 24073
413-822-1267 (mobile)
trotoneasy@aol.com

Elizabeth Keathley - Levels 1 & 2
3041 Jim Town Road
Woodbury, TN 37190
615-563-1942
ekeathley1@gmail.com

Marsoe Larose - Levels 1, 2, & 3
Box 2062
Vancouver, BC V6B 3S3, Canada
604-857-1905
marsoe@attglobal.net

Andy Marcoux - Levels 1, 2, & 3
161 Main St Unit 1A
Medway, MA 02053
508-782-1720
andy@coachmansdelight.com

Jane Moody - Level 1 & 2
35815 Yosemite Avenue
Davis, CA 95616
707-637-3103
tiny_tandem@yahoo.com

Michael Muir Level 1
Access Adventure
P.O. Box 2852
Fairfield, CA 94534
707-432-0152
info@accessadventure.org

Sandra Pascale - Level 1
Grand Oaks Resort
3000 Marion County Road
Weirsdale, FL 32195

Terry Pickett - Levels 1, 2, & 3
3400 Rock Valley Road
Metamora, MI 48455
810-796-3024
tpickett55@yahoo.com

Muffy Seaton - Levels 1, 2, & 3
254 Whittle Pond Road
Williston, SC 29853
540-454-1092
fourfleas@aol.com

Holly Thompson - Levels 1 & 2
P.O. Box 207
2233 N. Second St
Pickens, MS 39146
hollieshorses@gmail.com

Jerry Trapani - Levels 1 & 2
PO Box 552
E. Islip, NY 11730
631-277-4967
shadbelly4@aol.com

Melissa Warner - Levels 1, 2, & 3
PO Box 195 (summer)
87 Homestead Road
Oldwick, NJ 08858
908-303-3938
14534 SE Kitchen Creek Road (winter)
Hobe Sound, FL 33455
352-205-2975
scotlandsraven@aol.com

Kathleen Winfield - Level 1
Site 12 Box 13 RR1
Millarville, AB
T0L 1K0 Canada
403-931-0389
winfieldkj@gmail.com

Steve Wood - Level 1
22131 Sugarbush Rd NW
Elk River, MN 55330
763-441-5335

Wendy Ying - Level 1
Florida and Hawaii
540-454-1994
wendy@ying.com

Evaluators (see contact information above)
Gloria Austin - Levels 1, 2 and 3
Debbie Banfield - Level 1
Patricia Demers - Levels 1
Kacy Tipton-Fashik - Level 1
Steve Holm - Levels 1, 2 and 3
Marsoe Larose - Levels 1, 2 and 3
Andy Marcoux - Levels 1, 2 and 3
Jane Moody - Level 1
Terry Pickett - Levels 1, 2 and 3
Muffy Seaton - Levels 1, 2 and 3
Holly Thompson - Level 1
Jerry Trapani - Level 1 and 2
Melissa Warner - Level 1

CAA Approved Centers
Grand Oaks Resort
3000 Marion County Road
Weirsdale, FL 32195
352-409-1398
kacyf@thegrandoaks.com

Gayla Driving Center
3329 Cynthiana Road
Georgetown, KY 40324
502-863-5113
gayla3329@aol.com

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