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

Carpe Diem's Ad Astra

Carpe Diem’s Ad Astra

Carpe Diem Farm-  located in the Antelope Valley in Lancaster, CA

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

Expert witness- for legal cases involving equine actvities

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 riders is my specialty.

I stress SAFETY and FUN.

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 a summer at MaGee Creek pack station in the Sierra’s, and lead trail rides.
  • I have taught carriage driving through extension classes at Pierce College (Woodland Hills, CA).

I write a monthly column about driving in the Horse trader magazine.

I have been training and showing driving horses for 24 years.

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.  I am a member of local riding and driving clubs- Whip R Snapper driving society, ETI- equestrian trails inc., where I am on the board and volunteer my services for show organizing and course design, as well as many other positions. I am also a member of the American Driving Soc. (ADS), Carriage Association of Amer. (CAA), U. S. Equestrian Fed. (USEF) .  I am continuously improving my own skills and education by attending numerous clinics and seminars every year.

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 1 status.

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!

Our Motto– Try Hard, Win Humbly, Lose Gracefully

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

Carpe Diem's Mocha & Muffin

Carpe Diem’s Mocha & Muffin


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