Sept 1, 2013
Derby Dash at Cypress Keep! 
A Florida Whips Event

Sunday, September 1, 2013

Get ready for the Florida State Fair Carriage Racing Derby competition in February 2014!  Come to the Derby clinic and Derby practical driving event at Cypress Keep to learn all about derbies and have fun driving them.  FEI has just approved derbies for competition, and the Canadian Driving Society, British Driving Society, and Scottish Driving Society has recognized derbies for many years.

What is a Derby? 
A derby (British Spelling) or darby (Alternative non-British Spelling) (both pronounced darby) is a carriage racing event that combines all the excitement of cones, hazards, and other obstacles into a single timed competition. The driver will be asked to go through the course obstacles (such as cones, bridge, and hazards) in numerical order, and portions of the course will include hazards, with drivers going through in alphabetical gate order, and then proceeding through more obstacles. All obstacles must be driven in the correct direction (red flag on right).  The number of elements on the course shall be determined by the size of the arena available, not to exceed 4 lettered obstacles, one bridge, and 12 pairs of cones.

Derby Dash Schedule for Sunday, September 1:

-  7 a.m. - 9:30 a.m. Course open for walking, rules review
-  10:00 a.m - Noon. Begin small group practical driving sessions for derby practice, rules discussion, and driving strategy.

10:00 - 10:45:  PONIES
10:45 - 11:15:  VSEs
11:15 - 11:45:  HORSES

-  Noon - 1:00 p.m. Lunch break, watch derby videos.
-  1:30 p.m. Derby Dash competition begins, with each competitor running the Derby at least twice for best time.

FEES (Payable upon arrival)
  • $25 per entry
  • $10 per paddock per day or $5 per day grounds fee if no paddock
  • $7 lunch (fruit, salads, sandwiches, drinks, dessert, chips) (or bring your own)
  • $15 per day non-Whips member fee (can be applied to membership)
  • $40 per weekend camping fee if you require water/electricity. If self-contained, no fee. (four slots available at CK, 2 slots at neighbors, please reserve by emailing or calling first)
Make reservations by emailing [email protected] or calling 813 982 2200.  Indicate the following:
 - Which equine/equine size (VSE, small pony, pony, horse)
 - Number of paddocks required
 - If Camping slot needed
REQUIREMENTS:  Before driving, please be sure you have brought a copy of your Coggins papers, a signed liability release form Click here for Liability Release, and your fees.  SAFETY HELMETS ARE REQUIRED.  Safety vests are recommended.



Name/Equine Division Lunch Paddock
Linda Bennett / Wilbur Pony 1 1
Judi Tintera / Pair VSE 0 0
Audrey Kitchens / LuLu Pony 0 0
Sharon Young / Cassidy Horse 1 1
SuZi / Dakota Krome Pony 1-2 1
Paul Reese / Little Dude VSE 0 1
William Doughman Pony 0 0
Augusta Doughman VSE 0 0