Gambler's Choice/Cones and Fun Day at Cypress Keep! 

Build skills with your equine in a fun playday learning about all the possible Gambler's Choice obstacles, as well as different types of CDE cones obstacles!

Practice driving figure-8 around different cone setups, T's, U-Turns, parallel rails, backup box, twist, zig-zag, Zeds, and other fun obstacles

  • $15 per entry
  • $15 Whips non-member fee (can be applied to membership)
  • $20 paddock fee for the entire weekend or $15 per day (limited availability, reserve early), bring your own shavings, or drive-in and tie to trailer for $5/day grounds 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): beef, ham or turkey sandwiches, chips or potato salad, fruit, drinks, dessert
  • $75 per 50-minute lesson with Fred Merriam
  • $40 for the weekend or $25 per night camping fee if you require water or electricity. There are four 30-amp camping slots with electric/water hookups on property, and three 30-amp electric/water hookups at our adjoining neighbor's property. 
  • $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


  • 10 a.m. - Be tacked up and ready to try the obstacles!  Ground observers there to assist and provide help.
  • 11:30 - Lunch break, and discussion/presentation about requirements and rules
  • 1:00 p.m. - drive the obstacles again for time and scoring
  • 3:00 - Lessons with Fred Merriam

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

Download additional Liability Release forms for other attendees

Safety Information and Rules

  • Dress is casual "marathon" for the entire event.
  • 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 during the event, and are also required when driving at will throughout the property.

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

* There are 20 paddocks available. You are also welcome to tie to your trailer for no charge during the day.  PLEASE CLEAN PADDOCKS ON DEPARTURE. 

* There are 8 camping slots available.  30-amp connections and water.  4 are on Cypress Keep, 4 are on Guthrie property next door.


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