By: Duane Blankenship | Category: Other | Issue: June 2007
The Bridle Creek staff poses in front of a handcrafted stagecoach replica built by Kenneth Jones of Chouteau. Pictured is (L to R): Kenny Jones, owner and developer, Amber Cohea, Kendra Hendren, Donna Cheryl Jones, owner and developer, Charlotte Hall and Mike Hall, owner and developer.
The Bridle Creek Horse Ranch and Resort, conveniently located in Osage County, will hold its grand opening on June 16. Just 10 minutes away from Skiatook Lake on one side and the city limits of Tulsa on the other, the resort is nestled in the Osage Hills. The 6,500-square-foot lodge boasts a lovely panoramic view of the 128-acre plot on which it sits and the surrounding hills.
Bridle Creek provides its guests with the opportunity to get out of the city into a cool, western environment. The new resort is decked out with lodging, dining, meeting facilities and an indoor horse arena. More than just a horse ranch and resort, it is a great place for weddings, receptions, reunions, parties, corporate events, high school proms and more. The 4,000-square-foot meeting hall is available for rental by companies, clubs, churches and individual parties. Coming soon is Bridle Creek’s first-class steak house, designed to accommodate 220 guests.
The ranch also offers a clean, safe, enjoyable environment for stabling horses or trail riding on neighboring property. Bring your own mount or rent a horse to take advantage of the surrounding trails. In the near future, hookups will be available for those who like to trailer their sleeping accommodations. Bridle Creek hosts stables, as well as a large 54,000-square-foot indoor arena, accommodating just about every type of horse activity imaginable: team roping, team penning, sorting, cutting, barrels and poles, mounted shooting events and more. The Bridle Creek Express, a handcrafted stagecoach replica, may also be rented.
A 30-acre development, appropriately named the East Ridge, is adorned with 12 log cabins. Nightly or weekly rentals are available, and lodging rates are listed online at www.bridlecreekok.com.
The public is invited to attend Bridle Creek’s grand opening on June 16. Gates open at 1 p.m. to tour the facilities, enjoy the vendors and enter for door prizes. Do not miss the FREE concert at the indoor arena starting at 6 p.m. Live band performances, put on by Ray Bingham Productions, will include headliner Earl Thomas Conley and special guests Paul Bogart, Cardinal Trait and Mary Cogan.
Kendra Hendren, Bridle Creek’s director of sales and marketing, says, “Listen to Billy Parker’s show June 9 and 10 on KVOO FM 98.5 and Big Country FM 99.5 for details about the Eary Thomas Conley concert.”
Vendors will be selling a variety of food at the event. All special events vendors’ items and equestrian products will be available for viewing or purchase. Merchants or vendors interested in renting booth space and promoting their businesses are encouraged to call Bridle Creek for space availability and pricing.
Visit Bridle Creek Horse Ranch and Resort for an afternoon of entertainment and activities. Make sure to ride the mechanical bull and enter the karaoke contest. A Jupiter jump, music, pony rides, contests, door prizes and more will also provide fun for the whole family. Do not miss the grand opening on June 16. Visit www.bridlecreekok.com for more information about the facilities and to view pictures.
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.