Welcome to Carpe Diem Farm Teaching the Fine Art of Carriage Driving

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Carpe Diem Farm-  is now located in Prescott Valley, AZ

Hi, I’m Patricia Demers, Welcome to my website!

Here at Carpe Diem Farm I offer training and lessons for the following:

Pleasure driving and recreational driving

Combined Driving (driven dressage, hazards/ cross country, cones)

Horsemanship– English,  sidesaddle, and western

Cowboy speed trail events (cowboy extreme racing)

Practical trail (real life stuff)




My additional professional services include:

Carriage and Harness– evaluations, appraisal, help with purchasing.

Course design -for both driving events and ridden trail

Judging – riding and driving- Am. Mule Assoc. driving carded

Clinics– driving, showing, dressage, cowboy trail, colt starting

Evaluator and instructor– Driver Proficiency Program offered thru the Carriage Assoc. of America

Expert witness– for legal cases involving equine activities

My philosophy in training is to incorporate ‘Natural Horsemanship’ methods which make a horse look forward to willingly working, and understanding his job, with gentle, quiet obedience.

I work with minis to drafts, equines, mules and donkeys- Single, pairs, tandems, and more.

Working with beginning drivers and timid riders is my specialty.

I stress SAFETY and FUN.

Here at Carpe Diem Farm, you get the trainer 100%, not an untrained, anonymous assistant.  You are treated as a guest and friend.  I expect you to be an active participant in your equines’ training process. If you are looking for a facility that offers plenty of room to drive and a quiet, family atmosphere, where FUN and SAFETY are stressed, here it is!

My whole life has revolved around horses.

I have an  extensive background that is varied in experiences. 

This includes:

  • Commercial carriage driver for 4 years in Old Town Pasadena, CA.
  • Professional wagon driver for Knott’s Berry Farm amusement park.
  • Supervisor for Alpha & Omega Mounted Patrol Services (4+ yrs), which included performing crowd  control in Las Vegas for the Millennium Celebration.
  • I’ve worked as a wrangler for a summer at McGee Creek pack station in the Sierra’s, and lead trail rides.
  • I have taught extension classes  at Pierce College (Woodland Hills, CA) in carriage driving .
  • I have been a featured speaker/ clinician at University of Calif. at Davis at the Donkey Welfare Symposium numerous times.
  • I wrote a monthly column about driving in the Horse Trader magazine for 2 1/2 years.
  • I have been training and showing driving horses for 28 years.
  • I am continuously improving my own skills and education by attending numerous clinics and seminars every year.
  • I grew up riding hunters both astride and side saddle (20+ years), then switched to driving.  I’ve participated in fox hunting, trail trials, ridden dressage, sport horse in hand, wagon trains.
  • I actively participate in showing with clients and my own equines in carriage and riding shows.

Clubs and associations

I am a member of the American Mule Assoc.(AMA) where I am a carded judge in driving, American Driving Soc. (ADS), Carriage Association of Amer. (CAA), where  I am a ‘board member at large’ and a  member of the endowment committee.  AZ driving and Carriage Soc, Saguaro State Shetland & Mini horse club ,where I volunteer my services for show organizing and course design, as well as many other positions.

I participate in the CAA’s Driver Proficiency Program, where I have earned my Levels I, II, III and recognition as a Level II instructor. In April 2013, I earned my Evaluator for Level 2 status.

I was an active member of local riding and driving clubs in California- Whip R Snapper driving society, ETI- equestrian trails inc.  Where I was on the board for many years.

Our Motto– Try Hard, Win Humbly, Lose Gracefully

Carpe Diem Farm– the home of the ‘Happy Horse’

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Carpe Diem’s Mocha & Muffin