Customize Your Competition!
Come and have fun at the 14th
annual Cypress Keep driving trial!
This driving trial will be in CAC a-la-carte format, meaning you can
choose different levels for each part of the event.
For example, you could do an Intermediate dressage test,
Training cones, and Preliminary marathon.
You get to choose what best suits you and your equine!
Come and have fun and join us in Plant City the first weekend
- What is a Driving
Trial (DT) is like a Combined Driving Event (CDE) except that the
event is shortened to the marathon Section B (obstacle/hazard portion) only. This event is great for VSEs (minis), ponies,
horses, and multiples. This is a great way to “test drive” and
practice for a CDE, and lots of fun for both beginners and experienced
folks. The goal here is to have a great time and learn with your
Driving Society (ADS) rules as of January 1, 2017, will be followed,
with exceptions noted.
Because this is a schooling event, plenty of instruction and advice
will be available, as well as the ability to practice hazards before
the competition! Lessons are also available before and after each show
day with John Freiburger, our judge. Sign up at
Equine Size: VSE, Small Pony, Pony, Horse (any of these can be single or multiple,
classes may be combined or split according to number of entries)
Levels of Competition:
- Training: This division is
for beginners and novices. No cantering in any portion of the
competition - walk and trot only. Training Test 4 in dressage.
Widest cones setting. Gates A-B-C in hazards. Slower
speeds on marathon.
- Preliminary: Cantering
allowed in hazards and cones course only. Prelim Test 6 in dressage
(test used for the Prelim North American Championship in December at
Medium clearance in cones. Gates A-B-C-D in hazards.
Regular speeds on marathon.
- Intermediate: Cantering
allowed anywhere on course. Intermediate Test 3 in dressage.
Narrower clearance in cones. Gates A-B-C-D-E in hazards. Faster
speeds required on marathon.
- Advanced: Cantering
allowed anywhere on course. ADT Advanced Test 1 in dressage. Narrowest
clearance in cones. Gates A-B-C-D-E-F in hazards. Faster
speeds required on marathon.
Safety Check and Wheel Measurement
will occur 10 minutes prior to your scheduled dressage time on Saturday. An
additional safety check will take place 10 minutes prior to your
scheduled marathon start time on Sunday.
Dressage is in a 40x80 meter arena for
all divisions and levels. All tests are "presentation on the move" with no separate
standing presentation. All drivers should dress appropriately for
dressage, including hat/helmet, whip, gloves, and apron, but we are waiving the
jacket and long-sleeves rule due to heat issues. You can drive a second
test, time permitting. You will need Adobe
Acrobat Reader to view the dressage tests.
Cones will immediately follow your
dressage. Cones will 20 gates or less. You can drive your cones
course twice, as long as it is at the same wheel setting.
Cones settings are based on STANDARD SETTINGS from
the current ADS rulebook. ANY CARRIAGE SIZE CAN COMPETE**:
Standard Cones Setting (cm)
Ponies and Horses
Single & Tandem Horse
* increase settings 10cm for tandems, unicorns or fours for marathon or VSE
** Any carriage size that does not fit one of the ranges in the vehicle
will revert to standard settings of track width plus 35cm
(Training), 30cm (Prelim),
25 cm (Intermediate), 20cm (Advanced)
Marathon will be section B
The course will be approximately
4-5 kilometers with 4-5 hazards/obstacles (possibly shorter for VSEs). Navigators can navigate for
different drivers, and drivers can swap and become a navigator for
someone else, as long as show management is notified in advance and
schedule permits. Hardhats/safety helmets are required for both driver
and navigator. Shorts are allowed on the marathon, but at your own risk.
Clinic (Friday, March 30, 2017)
- 1:00-5:00 p.m. Navigator and Course Walk
HERE for more information.
- 3:30-6:30 p.m. Lessons with John Freiburger
HERE to sign up)
- 5:00 p.m. - Early check in and arrival, pick up
competitor packets, walk cones, walk dressage, drive marathon course
- Evening: Encouraged visit to the local Keel &
Dressage & Cones (Saturday, April 1, 2017)
a.m. - dressage begins, followed by cones
12:30 p.m. - safety check
Lessons with John Freiburger (Click
HERE to sign up)
5:30 p.m. - Competitor dinner (reservations/tickets required)
Marathon (Sunday, April 2, 2017)
It takes a tremendous
number of volunteers to make these events possible - often more
volunteers than competitors is typical! For that reason, on marathon
day, we are splitting competitors into two shifts - you will drive one
shift and volunteer the other shift. If you can volunteer on cones
day, that would be great, too. Volunteers are also needed prior to the
event for setup.
Saturday April 1 volunteers:
- Scribe/Backup Timers/Cones setters am:
- Scribe/Backup Timers/Cones setters pm:_________
- Safety Check/Wheel Measurement:
Sunday April 2 volunteers
- Safety Check/Section
Start B/End B: John Porter
- Hazard 2 : _______________
- Hazard 3 :
- Hazard 4 :
- $55 per entry. Entries are limited and close (by postmark) on
March 15. Post entry fee (if space available) is $75. No refunds after
closing date unless your space is filled.
- $15 Non-member fee if you are not a Whips
member (can be applied to membership)
- $15 navigator/coursewalk clinic (optional
event on Friday)
- Competitors are expected to volunteer one
shift or provide someone who can. If you cannot volunteer,
a $20 nonvolunteer fee applies.
- $25 paddock fee
for the entire weekend (limited availability, reserve early), bring
your own shavings, or drive-in and tie to trailer
for $5/day grounds fee.
Stabling is available 1 mile away - you can drive your horse to
Cypress Keep - contact Debbie Hicks at
- $7 per lunch (or bring your own): beef, ham or
chips or potato salad, fruit, drinks, dessert
- $15 Saturday night competitor dinner
if reserved with entry. Post-entry dinner tickets are $20.
Pulled pork/beef/chicken, baked beans, veggies, salad, drinks,
desserts, other items
$40 for the
camping fee if you require water/electricity. There are four 30-amp
camping slots with electric/water hookups on property, and three
30-amp electric/water hookups at our adjoining neighbor's
- $0 vendor fee.
Vendors are encouraged to come, but please confirm a space prior to
- Make checks out
to CYPRESS KEEP. Credit card payment through PayPal available
with $4 additional service charge to ematulich or
firstname.lastname@example.org or you can
request a credit card bill.
Entry Forms in either PDF Format or
Liability Release forms for other attendees
Safety Information and Rules
- All drivers should dress appropriately
for dressage, including hat/helmet, whip, gloves, and apron.
- All members of your party must sign a
liability release form, including drivers, navigators, grooms, guests,
or assistants. Additional Liability Release forms can be downloaded by
- All dogs/pets must be kept on a leash
at ALL TIMES.
- All children under the age of 12 must
have adult supervision at ALL TIMES.
- There is absolutely no smoking allowed
within 25 feet of any paddock or stall, as well as the house and lanai
- Hardhats/safety helmets are required
during the marathon and in the hazards, and are also required when
driving at will throughout the property.
A COMPLETE Entry
guarantees your slot and reserves your paddock - signed entry form, Coggins papers, and payment.
Incomplete entries will receive lower priority.
* There are 20 paddocks available. You are also welcome to
tie to your trailer for no charge during the day. PLEASE CLEAN
* There are 8 camping slots available.
30-amp connections and water. 4 are on Cypress Keep, 4 are on
Guthrie property next door.