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.

Useful Information:
Instructors
Evaluators
Level 1
Level 2
Level 3
Fees
Booklets
Road Driving Assessment
CAA Approved Centers
Driver Proficiency Program Resources


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. Purchase Booklet

Be sure to return your application to the CAA office before your test. Applications are found in your booklet or here.


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. Purchase Booklet

Be sure to return your application to the CAA office before your test. Applications are found in your booklet or here.


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. Purchase Booklet

Be sure to return your application to the CAA office before your test. Applications are found in your booklet or here.


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. Purchase Booklet

Be sure to return your application to the CAA office before your test. Applications are found in your booklet or here

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


Booklets
Level 1 / Road Driving ($18), Level 2 ($15), and Level 3 ($15) Booklets can be purchase in our online bookstore.


Fees
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. Applications for Level 1, 2 & Road Driving are available here. Level 3 applications are here. To sign up for an evaluations contact:

The Carriage Association of America
4075 Iron Works Parkway (Building D)
Lexington, KY 40511
859-231-0971 (office phone)
859-231-0973 (fax)
info@caaonline.com (email)


Instructors 

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

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

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

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

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

Wendy Ying – Level 1
540-454-1994
wendy@ying.com

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

Melissa Warner – Levels 1, 2, & 3
6144 SE Crooked Oak Ave (winter)
Hobe Sound, FL 33455
352-205-2975
scotlandsraven@aol.com

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

Iowa
Theresa D. Burns – Level 1
17953 K Trail
Perry, IA 50220
515-975-6102
theresadburns@gmail.com

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

Jose Hernandez – Level 1

Massachusetts
Andy Marcoux – Levels 1, 2, & 3
32 Cottage St
Medway, MA 02053
(508) 298-8504
andy@coachmansdelight.com

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

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

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

New Jersey
Melissa Warner – Levels 1, 2, & 3
PO Box 195 (summer)
87 Homestead Road
Oldwick, NJ 08858
908-303-3938
scotlandsraven@aol.com

New York
Jerry Trapani – Levels 1 & 2 & 3
PO Box 552
E. Islip, NY 11730
631-277-4967
shadbelly4@aol.com

North Carolina
Steve Holm – Levels 1,2,3    
P.O. Box 115
Southern Pines, NC 28388
413-822-1267 (mobile)
trotoneasy@aol.com

Ohio
Deborah Egan – Level 1
1130 E Main St., Suite 166                                                                                             
Ashland, OH 44805                                                                                                   
646-878-5420
dutchharness@aim.com

Oregon
Michael Wakefield- Levels 1 & 2
747 Russell Street
Klamath falls, OR 97603
541-891-1321
Michael@trentofarm.com

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

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

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

Canada
Marsoe Larose – Levels 1, 2, & 3
Box 10046 RPO Otter Coop
Langley, BC V4W 3Z5 Canada
604-857-1905
marsoe@shaw.ca

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


Evaluators
Gloria Austin: Level 1, 2 and 3
Patricia Demers: Level 1
Kacy Tipton-Fashik: Level 1
Steve Holm: Level 1, 2 and 3
Marsoe Larose: Level 1, 2 and 3
Andy Marcoux: Level 1, 2 and 3
Jane Moody: Level 1
Terry Pickett: Level 1, 2 and 3
Muffy Seaton: Level 1, 2 and 3
Holly Thompson: Level 1
Jerry Trapani: Level 1, 2 and 3
Melissa Warner: Level 1


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

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