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)
[email protected] (email)


Instructors 

Arizona
Patricia Demers – Levels 1 & 2
7620 E. Gato de Luna
Prescott Valley, AZ 86315
661-317-4556
[email protected]


California
Jane Moody – Level 1 & 2
35815 Yosemite Avenue
Davis, CA 95616
707-637-3103
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Florida
Gloria Austin – Levels 1, 2,& 3
3024 Marion County Road
Weirsdale, FL 32195
352-753-3062 or 352-408-6788 (mobile)
[email protected]

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)
[email protected]

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

Melissa Warner – Levels 1, 2, & 3
1408 E. Schwartz Blvd
Lady Lake, FL 32159
772-349-5729
[email protected]

Iowa
Theresa D. Burns – Level 1
17953 K Trail
Perry, IA 50220
515-975-6102
[email protected]


Massachusetts
Andy Marcoux – Levels 1, 2, & 3
32 Cottage St
Medway, MA 02053
(508) 298-8504
[email protected]

Holly Pulsifer – Level 1
11 Waldingfield Road
Ipswich, MA 01938
(978) 356-3655
[email protected]

Michigan
Terry Pickett – Levels 1, 2, & 3
3400 Rock Valley Road
Metamora, MI 48455
810-796-3024
[email protected]

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
[email protected]

New York
Jerry Trapani – Levels 1 & 2 & 3
PO Box 552
E. Islip, NY 11730
631-277-4967
[email protected]

North Carolina
Steve Holm – Levels 1,2,3    
P.O. Box 115
Southern Pines, NC 28388
413-822-1267 (mobile)
[email protected]

Oregon
Michael Wakefield- Levels 1 & 2
747 Russell Street
Klamath Falls, OR 97603
541-891-1321
[email protected]

Bill Trento – Levels 1
747 Russell Street
Klamath Falls, OR 97603
541-891-1321

South Carolina
Muffy Seaton – Levels 1, 2, & 3
254 Whittle Pond Road
Williston, SC 29853
540-454-1092
[email protected]

Tennessee
Elizabeth Keathley – Levels 1 & 2
3041 Jim Town Road
Woodbury, TN 37190
615-563-1942
[email protected]

Vermont
John Greenall – Level 1
268 Kings Hwy at Blood Hill Road
W. Windsor, VT 05089
802-436-2266
[email protected]

Canada
Kathleen Winfield – Level 1
Site 12 Box 13 RR1
Millarville, AB
T0L 1K0 Canada
403-931-0389
[email protected]


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


CAA Approved Centers
Grand Oaks Resort
3000 Marion County Road
Weirsdale, FL 32195
352-409-1398
[email protected]

3 Hats Training Center
747 Russell Street
Klamath Falls, OR 97603
541-891-1321
541-591-5771
Michael Wakefield
[email protected]

Isabella (Boo) Martin, M.Ed.
Executive Director & Founder
Touchstone Farm
13 Pony Farm Lane
Temple, NH 03084
603-321-5255 Cell
603-654-6308 Farm
www.touchstone-farm.org

Helping preserve our horse-drawn heritage for over 50 years.