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The Seminole Inn
A charmingly restored inn located in Indiantown, Florida, in the heart of Florida's cattle and citrus country. Come and see what Florida is really like.
Florida the Original Ranchland-Indiantown Rodeo
When you watch the rodeo don’t forget that Florida was the first place in the new world where horses and cattle landed more than four centuries ago. The stock has been roamin’ around the ‘Gator State’ since De Soto, the Spanish explorer, landed at Charlotte Harbor on Florida’s west coast in 1531. Rodeos, cowboys and roundups are as natural to Florida as to the far west. The first cowboys were Indians, fine horsemen and skilled riders. This was long before cattle and horses appeared on the western plains of Texas. Even around Indiantown years ago, enormous herds of cattle roamed in their wild state. New blood lines were introduced into Florida some 40 years ago and today the ‘Gator State’ ranks high as a national cattle producer.
Home Of The Indiantown Rodeo Celebrating 70 Years
For Many Years, at least as far back as 1947, Indiantown hosted one of the nation’s most prominent rodeos in its historic rodeo bowl. The 1966 Circle T Ranch Championship Rodeo drew 18,000 fans from 41 states to Indiantown. In Recent years, the Indiantown Rodeo tradition continued at Timer Powers Park under the sponsorship of the Martin County Sheriff’s Office. We are proud to host the counties only Annual Rodeo in affiliation with the prestigious Professional Rodeo Cowboys Association (PRCA) and the Women’s Professional Rodeo Association (WPRA). The 2017 Indiantown Rodeo is professionally produced by the 4L Rodeo Company and is made possible by our generous sponsors and the countless hours donated by our community volunteers.
Martin County’s five Commissioners are each elected to serve a four-year term. These terms are staggered and each member is elected at-large but represents a geographic district within the county. The Chairperson of the Commission is elected annually by the other Board members and presides over all Board meetings. The Board meets on several Tuesdays each month and all meetings are open to the public.
The Board of County Commissioners has responsibility for the provision of general government services (fire/rescue, library services, building inspections), oversees the development of infrastructure (roads, utilities, parks), and determines regulations regarding zoning and land use provisions. The Board is also responsible for determining the millage rate (tax on real property) to fund all functions of County government with the exception of the Tax Collector and most court-related functions.
The Board of County Commissioners is a policy making board and they approve the County’s operating and capital budgets, pass ordinances, and take actions that provide for the health, safety, and welfare of the citizens of Martin County. Click Here For More
History In the 18th century, several Spanish galleons were shipwrecked in the Martin County area of Florida's Treasure Coast. The multiple wrecks were reportedly the result of a hurricane, and the ships were carrying unknown quantities of gold and silver. Some of this treasure has since been recovered, and its presence resulted in the region's name.
The Old Martin County Courthouse, built in 1937, now the Courthouse Cultural Center. The Treasure Coast area that became Stuart was first settled by non-Native Americans in 1870. In 1875, a United States Lifesaving Station was established on Hutchinson Island, near Stuart. Today, the station is known as Gilbert's Bar House of Refuge and is on the National Register of Historic Places.
Stuart Riverwalk From 1893-1895, the area was called Potsdam. This name was chosen by Otto Stypmann, a local landowner originally from Potsdam, Germany. Stypmann, with his brother Ernest, owned the land that would become downtown Stuart. Potsdam was renamed Stuart in 1895, after the establishment of the Florida East Coast Railway, in honor of Homer Hine Stuart, Jr., another local landowner.
When Stuart was incorporated as a town in 1914, it was located in Palm Beach County. In 1925, Stuart was chartered as a city and named the county seat of the newly created Martin County. The city of Stuart is known as the Sailfish Capital of the World, because of the many sailfish found in the ocean off Martin County. From 1871 to 2005, 19 hurricanes passed through Stuart, including Isbell (1964), Frances (2004), Jeanne (2004), and Wilma (2005).
Geography Summers (May through October) feature typical tropical-type weather conditions, with hot temperatures, intense sun, and frequent (daily) thundershowers that build in the daytime heat. High temperatures are typically in the upper 80s to low 90s. The city's coastal location prevents temperatures from becoming very hot, though heat indices are often over 100 °F. There are 76 days of 90+ °F highs annually. On average, 96 °F is the highest temperature recorded each summer. Late summer brings an increased threat of tropical storms and hurricanes, though landfalls are rare.
Winter (November through April) or the dry season brings much cooler and drier air masses, and humidity and dew points fall considerably. Winters can become quite dry, and by late winter (March) there is often high fire danger and even residential water use restriction. Average daytime highs in the winter/dry season are from 73 °F to 77 °F, though occasional strong cold fronts bring brief rainfall followed by cooler temperatures, with highs in the 50s °F for a few days each winter. Low temperatures fall rarely fall below 40 °F, and most winters are frost-free. The first cold front of the season usually occurs in October or November, when the first low below 60 °F usually occurs. Though weather during this time is generally more mild, mid winter highs can still hit 80 °F or higher on occasion.
Stuart Is A City In And The seat of Martin County, Florida, United States. Located on Florida's Treasure Coast, Stuart is the largest of four incorporated municipalities in Martin County. The population was 15,593 in the 2010 census. It is part of the Port St. Lucie, Florida Metropolitan Statistical Area. Stuart is frequently cited as one of the best small towns to visit in the U.S., in large part because of its proximity to the St. Lucie River and Indian River Lagoon
Okeechobee Strategically placed along the northern rim of Lake Okeechobee, Florida’s "inland sea," the city of Okeechobee offers visitors an old-fashioned – and truly relaxing – Florida vacation. Choose from hotels, motels, cabins, RV parks or campgrounds, and they are all just minutes from the beauty of Lake Okeechobee, attractions, and events happening throughout Okeechobee County. The town provides a convenient access point to the Lake Okeechobee Scenic Trail. And the lake and its shores, of course, offer boating, freshwater fishing, hiking and biking. Click Here For Things To Do In Okeechobe
Off Stuart, Dead-Bait Trolling And Livebait Sailfishing Converge.A sailfish brings smiles. In the time it took to point out a fish on the teaser, three more came into view, and everyone on board knew we were going to be in the weeds. But that’s what you’re looking for with sailfish–multiple hookups and more commotion in the cockpit than the filming of Titanic’s water scenes. It’s the kind of action billfishermen thrive on–spontaneous, irregular and quick, but that doesn’t mean it’s confusing.At the instant I pointed to a fish in the bait spread, everyone jumped to their assigned roles of feeding a rigged ballyhoo to one after another of the aroused sailfish. In less time than it takes to rig a ballyhoo, a quad of sailfish was in the air and peeling line.
We caught and released three of the fish within 15 minutes. The fourth fish became tail-wrapped, and labored for another 10 minutes before becoming untangled and released. The four-for-four ratio was pretty impressive for any outing, but it wasn’t going to make much of an impact in the tournament, since the leading boat released 22 fish that day
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The slogan of Payson Park in Indiantown, Fla., is “Happy horses win,” and it's a philosophy its management takes seriously. It's even their web address. Originally begun in the 1950s as St. Lucie Training Center, Payson spans 400 acres and includes one-mile turf and dirt tracks, European galloping and hacking trails and lots of turnout space.
“What we offer here is very different from the normal training center, in that it is truly a training center,” said facility owner Virginia Kraft Payson. “It is not an approximation of a backstretch, as some of our competition which deals in numbers. You won't find an inch of concrete anywhere here.”
Payson is proud to say that the facility has played host to the same group of top-class trainers since she took over the training center in 1980. In fact, morning training hours look like a Hall of Fame clinic, with Bill Mott aboard his pony and Shug McGaughey a few feet away watching his horses from along the outside rail. Christophe Clement jokes from atop a trail railing that they “train by committee” here as Roger Attfield's trainees saunter by.
One thing Payson's trainers have in common besides the harsh climates in their northern home bases is an appreciation of downtime. The relaxation comes in for the horses because of the change of pace.
“The track closes whenever we want it to close,” said Clement. “Just the fact that you can take your time basically means you make less mistakes. The more time you spend on horses, the better.”
Most racetracks don't have the space to allow for turnout, relegating horses to their stalls for most of the day. A few hours of free movement and different scenery can prove calming for many of them, as can a trip along the gallop lanes, which run through a tree line and across a field behind the main training track. Some also benefit from long conditioning jogs on the lanes, or just the opportunity to work without the left-hand bias of the track.
Payson Park training track
Trainers say one of the biggest differences at Payson is the absence of the “racetrack mentality”; there's no race card driving a tight schedule for the maintenance crew, no racing secretary making calls to trainers to fill races, and there's less bustle of vans hauling horses to and from racetracks (Gulfstream is about 90 minutes away).
“You don't get the call from the racing office to force you or push you (‘force' may be a touch too strong but ‘push' is not strong enough) to go in a race,” said Clement. “We run when we're ready. Every decision can be made for the best of the horse.”
The barns have ample space in between, both for walking and grazing, and provides horses with less activity and noise right outside their stalls.
For some of the season's graded stakes competitors, a southward journey to Payson marks the start of a winter vacation, followed by a gradual return to work. Belmont Stakes winner Tonalist, who got a rest following a fifth-place effort in the 2014 Breeders' Cup Classic, has spent the intervening months growing and eating, and returned to Clement's barn in early March. Although a first start back has not yet been chosen, the 4-year-old will likely be pointing toward a few of the summer's top prizes.
Tonalist joins a list of prestigious Payson “campers” as they're called, past and present. Alumni include Drosselmeyer, Royal Delta, Gio Ponti, Cigar, Easy Goer, Perfect Shirl, St. Jovite, and In Summation.
Payson wasn't always a brilliant green haven for Thoroughbreds. When Virginia Kraft Payson purchased the property with her husband Charles Shipman Payson, the place had fallen into ruin. It was originally engineered by Michel Phipps, Bull Hancock, Townsend Martin and C.T. Chenery but got lost in the shuffle following their deaths. Payson told Forbes in 2013 that there were cattle and alligators wandering the racetrack—someone would actually have to go out in the mornings to chase lingering wildlife away before training could begin.
The Paysons spent months haggling over the price with the lawyer who ended up with the property. When they finally succeeded in purchasing, they set the ambitious goal of opening in two months. It took 100 people working daily, but on Oct. 1 of 1980, the training center with its on-site veterinary clinic, 76 paddocks, 499 stalls, and 62 dormitory rooms, opened to trainers. It was full from the start and carried a wait list until the economic downturn in 2008.
“I don't think it was a conscious decision to keep it very small,” said Kraft. “Over the years, I've had any number of pressures to build more barns. There's certainly enough land. We have 405 acres, which encompasses all of Payson Park, but we probably could fit everything that has to do with training horses on 100 acres.”
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