Saturday, September 3, 2011

Schooling and Fun Clinic

  • Everything Cones Clinic and Cones Driving
Cypress Keep
 John Porter & 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)
  • Red Rose Inn
  • (813) 752-3141 (5.71 miles)
  • Days Inn
  • (813) 752-0570(5.67 miles)



A Complete Cones Clinic, for Pleasure or Combined Driving

Spend a fun day of learning all the ropes and rules of cones classes and try them out!  It is great practice for both Pleasure Driving and CDE competitions, or just a great way to have fun! In the “classroom” we will cover the principles of driving different types of cones courses, and then we will go drive what we just learned by rotating through the following courses: Timed, Fault with time allowed, Progressive, Fault and Out, Reverse Psychology, Double Jeopardy, Pick Your Route, Your Route/My Route, etc.

Schedule of Activities

  • 8:30-10:00: Arrival, Registration, settle your equine
  • Your carriages should be available for measurement
  • 10:00 am:  Classroom:  Cones design, alternatives, scoring
  • 11:30 a.m. Learning to walk cones
  • 12:00 pm.  Lunch break (you can reserve or bring your own)
  • 12:30 p.m. Walk your cones courses; tack up
  • 2:00  pm:    Practical cones driving:
    • Round 1:
      • Fault cones (Ring 1 - Dressage)
      • Fault & Out cones (Ring 2 - Niche)
      • Reverse Psychology (Ring 3 - Sticks)
    • Round 2:
      • Timed cones (Ring 1 - Dressage)
      • Progressive cones (Ring 2 - Niche)
      • My Route/Your Route (Ring 3 - Sticks)

Volunteers are needed!

Volunteers are needed to judge, measure wheels, set cones, and time.  Please contact Erika if you wish to volunteer.   Volunteers do not pay audit fees and get a free lunch!


  • $25 per driving entry.  Entries are limited and close (by postmark) on August 29. No refunds after closing date unless your space is filled.
  • $10 per day audit fee (no fee if approved for volunteering - six volunteer slots available)
  • $10 per equine per 12-hour period between 7 am and 7 pm or $25 for whole weekend or any period needing overnight stays. Drive-in and tie to trailer (no fee). Stabling is available 1 mile away - you can drive your horse to Cypress Keep - contact Debbie Hicks at [email protected]  813-982-9616.
  • $7 per lunch (or bring your own)
  • $35 for the weekend camping fee if you require water/electricity. There are four 30-amp camping slots with electric/water hookups on property, and additional 30-amp electric/water hookups at our adjoining neighbor's property. 
  • $15 Non-whips member fee (can be applied to a Whips membership)
  • $0 vendor fee. Vendors are encouraged to come, but please confirm a space prior to arrival. 
  • Make checks out to CYPRESS KEEP.  Credit card payment through PayPal available with $3 additional service charge to ematulich

Download Entry Forms in either PDF Format or Microsoft Word format.

Download additional Liability Release forms for other attendees

Safety Information and Rules

  • Bring your swimsuit and towel!
  • 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 Clicking Here.
  • 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 area.
  • Hardhats/safety helmets are required for anyone on a carriage.

A COMPLETE Entry guarantees your slot and reserves your paddock - signed entry form, Coggins papers, and payment. Incomplete entries will receive lower priority.


Name / Equine Driving/Auditing Paddock Lunch
Linda Bennett / Wilbur (Pony) D-2 8 1
Judi Tintera / Two (VSE) D-1 4 -
Chuck Tintera A - -
Beverly Eckhardt / Heidi (Pony) D-2 3 -
Janey Randlett / Rose (VSE) D-1 12 -
Kathy Russell Volunteer-R1 - 1
Harriett Jones Volunteer-R2 - 1
Sandy Swift / Skittles (Pony) D-2 2 -
Tom Childress A - -
Denise Silva / Maggie (Pony) D-2 7 -
Dorothy Bradley A/Volunteer-R1 - 1
Tina Ring / Diesel Dually (Pony) D-3 9,10,11 -
Kelly Moutsatsos & Daughter Volunteer-R2 - -
Maris Ramsay / Mistral (Pony) D-1 5 1
Sherri Parker / Jaia (Horse) D-3 14 1
Debbie Blake Volunteer-R3 - 1
Deb Bennett / Sundance LB Hotrod (Small Pony) D-1 6 1
BB Blackwelder / Tommy & Tanner (Pony) D-3 1 -
Dave Blackwelder A/Volunteer-R3 - 1
Grace Glavin / Jericho (Horse) D-3 15 2
Kelly Gray A - -
William Welch A - -
Mary-Lynn Jensen A - -
Linda Fritschle A/Volunteer-R1 - 1
Sharon Buffington A - -