By: Duane Blankenship | Category: Consumer News | Issue: August 2007
The Rio Dosa Band performed at Bridle Creek Horse Ranch and Resort’s grand opening.
Located just 10 minutes from the outskirts of Tulsa and Skiatook Lake, Bridle Creek Horse Ranch and Resort is nestled in the Osage Hills. The 6,500-square-foot lodge sits atop a hill with a view of the 129-acre, tree-covered hillside. Below the hills lie Bridle Creek’s cabins, arena and stables.
Bridle Creek’s grand opening, held June 16, was a fun-filled day with plenty of food, music, tours, pony and stagecoach rides, door prizes, vendors and a karaoke contest. The event was free to the public and featured a musical performance by headliner Earl Thomas Conley. Kendra Hendren, lodge and cabin manager, says, “Our official opening to the public was a roaring success. With an estimated 2,000 people in attendance, we can’t thank Tulsa and surrounding community residents enough for their support and confidence. Our special thanks go out to American Bank and Priefert who were major sponsors of the event.” As weddings and events have already been booked well into 2008, the resort is off to a great start.
Hendren thanks those who played such an important role in making the grand opening an outstanding success. “Some of the people I’m so grateful to include Jane Maxey, Danny Beck and Bret Bingham who judged the karaoke contest; John Whipple of Stotts Barclay Pettus Moore & Whipple PC, who tallied voting for the karoake contestants; and Dr. Dee Jay who emceed the karaoke contest.” She also expresses her sincere appreciation to Rodney Lay Jr., master of ceremonies, Tony, Scott and Kat at New Day Media, Billy Parker, Jeanette Miller, Ray Bingham, and everyone at Big Country 99.5 FM for their efforts during the event.
Winners of the event’s karaoke contest were Sabrina Reeder, first place, Lindsay Hogan, second place, and Theresa Hofferber, third place.
Poncho and Lefty, two draft horses, pulled Bridle Creek’s Wells Fargo stagecoach replica.
Participating vendors reported that they were pleased with the crowd and their results. Many registered bookings and customer interest during the course of the day. “It was a win-win situation for those who attended the event festivities and for vendors who participated in it,” adds Hendren.
Poncho and Lefty, Bridle Creeks’ big, draft horses, spent the entire afternoon pulling loads of children on the resort’s replica of a Wells Fargo stagecoach. Both horses were reportedly exhausted by 4 p.m. when they were stabled and permitted to enjoy the oats they had fully earned.
One of the most frequently asked questions since the grand opening has been regarding the opening of the horse trails and when horses will be available for rent. Hendren advises that Bridle Creek is working on opening the trails soon; the horse ranch and resort has recently purchased its first rental horse. She suggests visiting the Bridle Creek website for updated information on trail openings and rentals.
The entire staff of Bridle Creek thanks all of those who made their grand opening a very special event. Bridle Creek Horse Ranch and Resort owners are planning more exciting events in the future; the covered pavilion will soon be equipped with 84 event and vendor stalls. For the most recent, updated information regarding the horse ranch and resort, visit www.bridlecreekok.com.
Blankenship graduated from the University of Oklahoma and has enjoyed a lifetime career in advertising. He started his own advertising business in 1993 and enjoys creating graphic art and writing. Hobbies include hunting, fishing and pencil drawings. Duane and his wife, Janice, have been married over 50 years and are active in their church and community. He has been a contributing writer for Value News/Values Magazine since 2005.