- What is a Keep?
- In medieval times, each castle had an inner stronghold to hold
safe the most important possessions of the realm, which was called a
"keep." From this ancient origin comes our English verb,
"to keep" which is defined as "to protect, guard,
take care of, watch over, tend, shelter, support, and maintain in
good condition." Cypress Keep maintains this philosophy with a
mission of keeping your information and your animals safe. We hope
we can be of service to you!
- Who are We?
- Cypress Keep was
established in 1998 in Plant City by the husband and wife team of
Matulich. John has an extensive
background in Information Technology and real estate, while Erika has
a doctorate in marketing and additional degrees and certifications in
animal care and ranch management. Both share their love of animals,
especially their horses and ferrets. Both are heavily involved in
carriage driving. Find out more by clicking on John or Erika's
- The Cypress Keep Facility
- The facility itself sits on 50 acres
conveniently located near Interstate-4 in Florida. A barn houses
horses, carriages, and cannons. The land includes 20 shaded paddocks,
a 40x80m dressage arena, plenty of shade, permanent obstacles, and
pond. The remainder of the property has additional pasture land and a
30-acre cypress preserve, home to numerous endangered species
including fox squirrels, sandhill cranes, red-headed woodpeckers, and
waterfowl. Guests can enjoy the pool in a screened lanai complete with
Wi-Fi, fishing from the pond, and watching the wildlife. Additionally,
guests can take advantage of numerous riding and driving clinics
hosted by a variety of experienced instructors. Find out more by
taking a facility tour.
- The Cypress Keep Crest and Heraldry
- The crest for Cypress Keep symbolizes what we are all about. The
shield is topped by a series of three leaping ferrets. Members of the
weasel family (weasels, martens, ermines, stoats, fischers, and
ferrets) have been used in heraldry to symbolize many important
characteristics. The white weasel, or ermine, symbolizes purity. This
is based on the legend that this small white mammal preferred death to
defilement. A leaping marten represents one who brings good news and
the vanguard of spring. Weasels in general represent an opponent
that is undefeatable, with tremendous courage and competitive spirit.
The cypress tree has been used in heraldry to symbolize eternal life.
The castle tower, or "keep" symbolizes a
steadfast individual, defense, and keeping the home and lands in safety.
The horse signifies readiness to act for one's king and country or a
readiness for duty. It is also a symbol of speed, intellect, and virility.The colors of the shield are based in gold (or) and green (vert). In
heraldry, gold is a symbol of Understanding, Respect, Virtue,
Majesty, and Generosity. Green is a symbol of Freedom, Beauty, Joy,
Health, and Hope.