September 18, 2014
Trail ride is still set September 20, 2014 at Oologah Lake with everyone meeting at the trail head. We will be mounted and headed down the trail at 9:00am. This trail ride is just a bunch of people getting together who want to ride and exchange horsemanship skills and enjoy a great day on the back of a horse. We plan to break about 11:30 or 12:00 noon for lunch. Be sure to pack yourself a lunch and take with you on the horse. We will plan to eat on the trail.
It should be a relaxing day with several opportunities to watch how dressage fits into the usefulness of a trail horse. Trail riding is filled with all kinds of obstacles that make use of dressage techniques. It is also an opportunity for anyone interested in mounted search and rescue operations on horseback to talk with mounted patrol members about the skills needed to qualify both horse and rider.
There has been a lot of interest expressed in the ride and we look forward to seeing everyone!
September 10, 2014
The “Slick Trail Ride” , as many refer to the event, has been scheduled for October 11, 2014. The ride departs from. . . . yes that’s correct, Slick, Oklahoma promptly at 10:00am. The trail ride starts at the Slick Faith Baptist Church Arena and takes you through a beautiful private ranch. Registration starts at 8am Saturday morning, but the trail boss leads out at 10:00am sharp.
If you have never been on an organized trail ride, this would be a good one to learn. These guys are old-time cowboys who are good with horses and with people. The ride is attended by a lot of experienced riders on quiet horses. It’s only a day ride with lunch served at noon which is really nice for the first time out.
For those without a horse, there is a wagon you can enjoy, but it has limited seating. The $20 price is dirt cheap when you figure a really good lunch comes with the deal. Children under 8 attending with a paid rider can come without charge. It is a family style event with no alcohol allowed. Don’t forget your Coggins and look forward to seeing you there!!
If you have any questions, you can call Mike 918-706-4230 or Dwight 918-724-2025, They will make you feel right at home and most welcome!
September 6, 2014
Trail riding at Oklahoma’s Robbers Cave State Park is a gorgeous place to trail ride. The photo is a view taken from a bluff on horseback looking down over the water. The park is clean and friendly. It’s a fun place to take your horse and enjoy yourself.
We suggest having a good map of the trails before you get there or plenty of time. Not having a map this past weekend, we enjoyed seeing quite a bit of territory inside and even a few miles outside the park.
Trail riding is the greatest way to get away from the hustle and bustle of things and really enjoy the world God created. The views, trees, wildlife and nature from the back of a horse gives you a new perspective and recharges your batteries.
September 3, 2014
The Bad Girls have announced their Just For Fun trail ride September 20, 2014. We were sorry to hear it was scheduled this date as we like to ride with them. But, we already committed to be at Oologah Lake the same day and don’t want to disappoint anyone. Even so, if you are looking for an organized trail ride on September 20th, you might give it a try. Our day ride is not organized and just for whoever decides to be there.
The Bad Girls are always well-organized and usually put on a potluck lunch or dinner. The Just For Fun ride will be at Bell Cow Lake just outside of Chandler, Oklahoma. There is a modest charge for the event. For more details, you can call Susie at 918-430-6441 or go to the Bad Girls website, newly designed and looks great ladies.
Just for the record, the next time you are going to set up a trail ride, do it on a date we don’t already have plans. Hope you have a great time!!!!
August 27, 2014
We are inviting anyone who wants to ride with us September 20, 2014 to go. The ride is leaving the Will Rogers Centennial Trail Head at 9:00am at Oologah Lake. There are no fees or charges. It’s not an organized trail ride, just a chance to meet some people and have a great day on the trails. Who might enjoy the ride? Anyone interested in dressage, mounted patrol, mounted search and rescue, trail riding in Oklahoma, or just wanting a fun group ride.
We see the opportunity to blend and combine several riding disciplines in one get together so everyone can learn more about horses, riding, and community involvement. For example, a dressage rider can illustrate how precise movements enable trail riders to navigate obstacles on the trail. Mounted patrol members can show dressage riders how their skills might be put to use in real life rescue operations to help save a life or rescue someone in danger. New riders would be able to observe and talk with professional horsemen to gain new insights into all riding disciplines. There will likely be several riding instructors and trainers present. So pack a lunch and join us for a great day on the trail and meet some new friends.
August 23, 2014
The 2014 Labor Day Trail Ride sponsored by OETRA is just a few days away. In Oklahoma, trail riders are ready to hit the trails by Labor Day weekend as August is usually hot and dry. Due to the heat, there are not a lot of trail rides in Oklahoma in August. Early September brings some cooler temperatures and wonderful trail riding weather! The ride is open to members and non-members and will be held at Robbers Cave State Park. The cost is $10 per person for members and $15 per person for non-members with family maximums for all. We plan to attend part of the weekend, but can’t make the entire event. Hope to see you there! For more information, contact Wendy Hanson, firstname.lastname@example.org, Dawna Graham, email@example.com or the web page for this outstanding Oklahoma trail riding association.
August 1, 2014
The Woolaroc Fall trail ride has been set for September 13, 2014. The Woolaroc Ranch is beautiful place established by Oklahoma oilman, Frank Phillips. An avid rider who enjoyed being on the back of a horse, Phillips created a foundation to operate the ranch for decades following his death. Woolaroc is nestled in the rolling hills of Oklahoma’s Green Country and gives trail riders the opportunity to bring their horse to ride across the ranch twice a year.
The ride is approximately 15 miles long and divided into a morning and afternoon ride with lunch provided. They make a tasty buffalo barbeque sandwich that really hits the spot when you finish the first half of the day.
Fall in Oklahoma is a great time to ride. The temperature will usually be lower than our traditionally scorching Summer. The Woolaroc ride will be a great time for anyone interested. For more information, you can contact Woolaroc Ranch 918-336-0307 ext. 10.
July 24, 2014
We ride every weekend, it goes with the job. Often we ride here at the ranch or the surrounding area. Sometimes it’s nice to break the monotony and find some place new or revisit a trail we’ve ridden in the past. Many of our rides away from the ranch are made at the last-minute. We load the trailer and go. Because these spur of the moment decisions are usually made with little advance notice or warning, folks don’t get invited.
The rest of the week all we hear is, “Man, I wish I’d known you were going there. I wanted to go!” We especially hear it when Shawn rides.
People like to ride with him because they learn a lot. With years of training horses professionally and a lifetime of riding horses, he has the answers. More important, he honestly shares what he knows. But, you have to be ready for complete honesty. If you want to be told you’re a great horseman, then you have to be one. Otherwise, the advice and comments are straight-forward and intended to make you a better rider. Most people appreciate the tips and readily accept the benefits of his experience.
In any event, we decided to pick a date to ride and give everyone some notice. If you want to come ride with us, you are welcome. It’s not a trail riding club. There’s no fees or charges. No rule books or releases to sign. We are just going to tell you where we plan to ride and the date. If you ride with us, there’s only one rule. You ride with respect; respect for the horse and the other riders.
This ride is not an organized trail ride, but the opportunity for all of us to ride together and enjoy some pretty country from horse back. If you want to come, put September 20, 2014 on your calendar for the Will Rogers Centennial trail at Oologah Lake in Oklahoma. We intend to leave the main trail head at 9am. This time we’re telling everyone well in advance the place, the date, and the time. If you want to ride, we’ll see you there!!
July 14, 2014
Trail riding at the lake in the Summer is great fun. The horses loved the water and enjoyed the opportunity to cool off in it. We like to get the horses used to water and ready to go where ever might be needed.
Earlier in the day we rode through some areas of the trail covered by water and lots of mud. But, that’s trail riding in Oklahoma, you just never know what to expect. Usually the trails are pretty dry this time of year, but a storm a few days before brought some much-needed rain. It’s also typically really hot in July, but the past weekend was a pleasant 90 degrees Farenheit that made for a wonderful day at the lake.
The horses in the video are Doc and P.J. The mule is Tia. She belongs to a fellow trail rider and friend.
June 9, 2014
The City Slickers Trail Ride sponsored by the Bad Girls Trail Riding Club this past weekend was a lot of fun and well-attended considering the weather. But, those who attended were rewarded on Saturday by a break in the rain and pleasantly cool weather for June. The rain took the dust out of the air and left everything smelling fresh.
Lunch was a potluck dinner with the club providing pulled pork sandwiches. These ladies can cook! You couldn’t do this type of lunch everyday!
After lunch there were a number of gifts handed out. Drawings were conducted and t-shirts, caps, lunch bags, saddle bags and all kinds of goodies given away. Everyone had a great time! Those of us wanting more riding hit the trails again after lunch and took full advantage of the scenery around the lake. Many thanks to the Bad Girls!!!
May 30, 2014
If you are interested in the City Slickers Trail Ride coming up June 7th, it’s time to register for the ride. Early registration gives you the chance to win saddle bags and other prizes. The flyer with the details and the registration form are available under the link. The Bad Girls Trail Riding Club would love to see you there! City Slickers Flyer
May 29, 2014
The Bad Girls are hosting their annual City Slickers Trail Ride June 7, 2014. In an effort to support their group, you can win genuine horsesfortrail.com saddle bags if you preregister. There will be a drawing for all the participants that register in advance of the ride. You never know there might just be some other things given out to attendees. The ladies work really hard every year to put on this ride. If you haven’t been, Keystone lake is really pretty this time of year. The ride is an easy one and easily mastered by beginners and new riders.
If you haven’t done trail rides before, here is the prime opportunity for a ride that lets you get your horse out and meet some new friends. The ride is open to everyone and not limited to just members. If you have never done a trail ride before, this would be a great place to start.
There will be a covered dish lunch about 1pm and bring your hot dogs if you want to roast them in the evening. For more information or to preregister, contact Carla Hight Cmhight1@peoplepc.com or call her at (918)857-2585 .