Arena Driving Trial
Sunday, August 31, 2003
Cypress Keep Services
 John Porter
 and Erika Matulich
 4909 Stanley Road
 Plant City, Florida 33565
 [email protected]
 (813) 982-2200 [phone] 
 (813) 982-9709 [fax]

Nearby Lodging to Cypress Keep:

  • Comfort Inn
  • (813) 707-6000(6.84 mi)
  • Holiday Inn Express
  •  (813) 719-3800(6.87 mi)
  • Ramada Inn
  • (813) 752-3141 (5.71 miles)
  • Days Inn
  • (813) 752-0570(5.67 miles)

An Arena Driving Trial (ADT) is like a "reduced" CDE (Combined Driving Event) with three phases:  Dressage, Cones, and Hazards. The difference is that all three phases are shortened and are held in the same arena -- there is no distance portion to the marathon. It is also a casual event, with no turnout or presentation scores.
Although this is not an ADS-rated show, the competition will held according to the ADT rules as set forth in the draft for the ADS rule book. 
  • The same carriage/vehicle must be used for all three phases
  • Dress is casual "marathon" for all three phases (safety helmet required)
  • Grooms/navigators may ride on more than one vehicle. Grooms/navigators REQUIRED for ponies and horses (not VSEs) in hazard phase, and for multiples in all phases. Grooms/navigators also required for juniors in all phases.
Phase 1: Dressage: Arena is 30x55 m. Note: ADT dressage tests are different from ADS dressage tests! Training level may use a caller. Download forms below (you need Adobe Acrobat Reader). Judge: Bob Giles
  • ADT Training Dressage Test
  • ADT Training Dressage Diagram
  • ADT Preliminary Dressage Test
  • ADT Preliminary Dressage Diagram
Requesting volunteers to perform their dressage test on Saturday evening.

Phase 2: Cones: 12 gates and a "U" with 50 cm clearance Training, 40 cm clearance Prelim. Clearances are for the largest vehicle in that class and are not adjusted for individual competitors within each class. Time penalties for over time allowed and course penalties for balls down will be assessed as in CDEs (0.2 penalties per second over allowed time and 5 penalties for each knockdown).

Phase 3: Hazards: 2 hazards each run once forwards and once backwards; total 4 hazards timed. Training does gates A, B, C for Hazards #1 and #2 and rests, then C, B, A for H#1 and H#2.  Prelim does gates A, B, C, D, E for Hazards #1 and #2 and rests, then E, D, C, B, A for H#1 and H#2. Time and course penalties will be assessed.

Classes: Training VSE, Training Pony, Training Horse, Prelim VSE, Prelim Pony, Prelim Horse, Prelim Multiples (tandem, pair, etc.). Organizer reserves the right to combine or split classes if entries warrant.

Tentative Schedule: 8:30 a.m. Competition Briefing (REQUIRED for all participants). 9:00 a.m. Safety Check, Wheel Measurement, Dressage. 11:00 a.m. Lunch. 11:30 a.m. cones walk. Noon: Cones. 1:30 p.m. Walk Hazards. 2:00 p.m. Drive Hazards. Schedule will vary according to number of entries and how many people drive dressage on Saturday evening, but start of 8:30 a.m. will be maintained.

Fees: $35 per driving entry. $6 per paddock per day, or tie to trailer (no fee). $7 for lunch (sandwich, fruit, chips, dessert, drinks, water) or bring your own. $10 per night camping fee.

Entry Information

  • All participants must fill out and sign a liability disclaimer form and an entry form.
  • Slots are filled on a first-come, first-served basis and are verified by receiving (1) your payment in advance, (2) a copy of your current Coggins papers, (3) your entry form, and (4) a signed liability release.
  • ENTRIES CLOSE AUGUST 15, 2003 (by postmark). Post entry fee (if space available) is $50. Entries limited to 16 drivers. No refunds after closing date unless space is filled.
  • Volunteers must register in advance and pay no fees; lunch provided.
  • For more information, email [email protected] or call 813 982 2200.
  • Overnight stabling available 1 mile away (contact Debbie Hicks at [email protected] 813-982-9616)
  • Mail entry forms, liability releases, payment, and Coggins papers copies to:  John Porter, Cypress Keep, 4909 Stanley Road, Plant City, FL 33565. Checks made payable to John Porter.

ADT Entries

1. Linda Fritschle (Pony - Training) Paddock 3 9. David Getz (Pair Pony - Prelim) Paddock 1
2. Francine Lucas (VSE - Training) 10. Jean Thornton (Pony) Paddock 2
3. Laura Howell (Horse - Training) Paddock 4 11. Grace Getz (Pony - Prelim) Paddock 1
4. Sue Morris (Horse - Training) Paddock 7 12. BB Blackwelder (Pony - Prelim)
5. Brenda Anderson (VSE - Training) 13. Marna/Peter Egyed (Horse - Prelim)

6. Nelie de Greef  (Pony - Prelim) Paddock 5

14. Jerry Hagaman (Horse - Prelim)
7. Lucy White (Pony - Training) Paddock 6 15. Hilary Hargreaves (Pony - Prelim)
8. Bonita Beam (Horse - Training) 16. Stephanie Holding (Pony - Training)

(All times approximate)

9:00 a.m. DRESSAGE

Training Pony (9:00 a.m.)

  • Francine Lucas
  • Linda Fritschle
  • Lucy White (Sat dressage)
  • Stephanie Holding
  • Jean Thornton

Training Horse (9:20 a.m.)

  • Laura Howell
  • Bonita Beam
  • Sue Morris

Prelim Pony (9:30 a.m.)

  • Grace Getz
  • Brenda Anderson (Sat dressage)
  • Hilary Hargreaves (Sat dressage)
  • Nelie de Greef (Sat dressage)
  • BB Blackwelder
  • David Getz
Prelim Horse (10:10 a.m.)
  • Marna/Peter Egyed
  • Jerry Hagaman

11:00 a.m. Lunch

11:30 a.m. Cones Walk

12:00 p.m. CONES (could be earlier)

  • Training Pony 12:00
  • Training Horse 12:20
  • Prelim Pony 12:30
  • Prelim Horse 1:00

1:30 p.m. Hazards Walk

2:00 p.m. HAZARDS (could be earlier)
First time: Hazard 1 & 2
Second time: Backwards Hazard 1 & 2
  • Training Pony 2:10 / 2:55
  • Training Horse 2:35 / 3:15
  • Prelim Pony 3:30 / 4:10
  • Prelim Horse 4:00 / 4:30


  Bob Giles is available for private lessons after the event on Sunday and on Monday, September 1. Fee is $50 per hour.

Sunday Lessons:

  • Donna Tredway
  • Sue Morris
  • Lucy White
  • Bonita Beam

Monday Lessons:

  • Mary de Greef
  • Nelie de Greef
  • Linda Fritschle