Arena Driving Trial


Entries now close October 20
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)

Last Year's Winners:
(click on any photo to enlarge)
Francine Lucas & Bella, 2003 ADT winner in Training Pony
Bonita Beam & Windchime, 2003 ADT winner in Training Horse
BB Blackwelder & Little Black, 2003 ADT Winner of the Preliminary Division
Hilary Hargreaves and Scally, Best Dressage, 2003
Nelie de Greef and Amber, Best Cones, 2003
Marna and Katelyn Egyed - best Hazards, 2003
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 Appendix A of the CDE pages (yellow) of 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 in all phases)
  • Gloves and whip are required. Aprons are optional. Shorts are acceptable, due to expected heat.
  • No cantering in any phase for training level - breaks of pace will be penalized. Cantering permitted in prelim level only if your carriage has a backstep for the navigator. A 2-wheeled vehicle with side-to-side seating must trot only.
  • Grooms/navigators REQUIRED in hazard phase for any 4-wheeled vehicle with a 5th-wheel turntable, and for multiples in all phases. Grooms/navigators also required for juniors in all phases.
  • Grooms/navigators may ride on more than one vehicle. Drivers may compete on more than one turnout (as either a driver or navigator), only if (1) the second entry drives with no score (HC), and (2) if there is space available for a second driver turnout.
Safety Check: Bob Giles
Dressage Judge: Beth Davidson
Cones Judge: Marty Haight
Hazard Judge: Bob Giles
Phase 1: Dressage: Arena is 30x55 m. Note: ADT dressage tests for non-regulation sized arenas are different from ADS dressage tests in regulation 40x80 arenas! Training level may use a caller ringside. Download forms below (you need Adobe Acrobat Reader).
  • 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: 12-20 gates and a "U" with 50 cm clearance Training, 40 cm clearance Prelim. Prelim may have a bridge. Clearances are for the largest vehicle in that class and are not adjusted for individual competitors within each class. Penalties are assessed for each second spent in the course and each ball down (5 seconds).

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). Cones walk. 9:20 a.m. Safety Check, Wheel Measurement, Dressage, proceed directly to Cones. 11:30 a.m. Lunch. Walk Hazards. 1:00 p.m. Drive Hazards. Schedule will vary according to number of entries and how many people drive dressage on Saturday evening, but start of 9:30 a.m. will be maintained.

Fees: $35 per driving entry. $10 per paddock for the day or $15 for weekend, or tie to trailer (no fee). $7 for lunch if prepurchased with entry (sandwich, fruit, chips, dessert, drinks, water) or bring your own. $8 lunch if ticket purchased day of competition. $10 per night camping fee.

Entry Information

  • All participants must fill out and sign an entry form with liability disclaimer.
  • 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 signed entry form.
  • ENTRIES CLOSE OCTOBER 20, 2004 (by postmark). Post entry fee (if space available) is $50. No walkups day of show. Entries limited to 16 drivers. No refunds after closing date unless space is filled. Changes in class or division after closing date - $15 change fee.
  • 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, payment, and Coggins papers copies to:  John Porter, Cypress Keep, 4909 Stanley Road, Plant City, FL 33565. Checks made payable to John Porter.
  • ADT ENTRY FORM (word processor file)
  • ADT ENTRY FORM (Adobe Acrobat PDF file)

ADT Entries

1. JoAnn Wilson & Pumba (P-Pony) * 11. Lucille Hood & Corrissa (T-Pony) *
2. Linda Kern & Patches (T-VSE)  P#5-6 12. Connie Thoreson (T-VSE) P#1
3. Laura Howell & Sailor (P-Horse) P#8 13. Hilary Hargreaves (P-Pony) P#3
4. Julie Moore & Rocky (T-Pony) * 14. Jill Haight (P-Pony)
5. Barbara Young & Hobby (T-VSE) P#3 15.
6. Linda Fritschle & Easter (T-Pony) P#4 16.
7. Marcia Yeager (P-Pony) *
8. BB Blackwelder & Tommy (T-Pony) P#9     
9. Jerry Hagaman & Sax (P-Horse)  *
10. Wendy McGuire & Peanut (L-Pony) P#2
P# = Paddock Number      * = No paddock
Linda Fritschle negotiates a hazard

(All times tentative & approximate)

  • 8:30 a.m. - Competitor Briefing
  • Walk Cones until 9:25 a.m.
  • Safety Check 10 minutes prior to your dressage time

Dressage, proceed to Cones

Training Small Pony/VSE (9:30 a.m.)
#200 Connie Thoreson
#201 Barbara Young
#202 Linda Kern
Training Large Pony (10:00 a.m.)
#203 Wendy McGuire
#204 Lucille Hood
#205 Linda Fritschle
#206 Julie Moore
#207 BB Blackwelder
Prelim Pony/Horse (10:30 a.m.)
#300 Marcia Yeager
#301 JoAnn Wilson
#302 Hilary Hargreaves
#303 Jill Haight
#304 Laura Howell
#305 Jerry Hagaman

LUNCH BREAK - Walk Hazards


Training Small Pony/VSE (1:30 p.m.)
#200 Connie Thoreson
#201 Barbara Young
#202 Linda Kern
Training Large Pony (1:45 p.m.)
#203 Wendy McGuire
#204 Lucille Hood
#205 Linda Fritschle
#206 Julie Moore
#207 BB Blackwelder
Prelim Horse/Pony (2:05 p.m.)
#300 Marcia Yeager
#301 JoAnn Wilson
#302 Hilary Hargreaves
#303 Jill Haight
#304 Laura Howell
#305 Jerry Hagaman


Thanks to our event sponsors!

Bob Giles is available for private lessons after the event on Saturday and Sunday Fee is $50 per hour.


Barbara Young and Hobby (Saturday)

Scott Parkman and Joker's Debut