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Tuesday, February 26, 2019

Horse show central

OKC Horse Show

There’s a long list of things OKC is famous for—its food, its craft beer, the MAPS projects—but did you know that OKC is also famous for being the horse show capital of the world?

OKC hosts more horse shows than any other spot in the entire world—and yes, you read that correctly. The world. Is it the great mix of modern and cowboy culture that makes OKC the perfect spot? Our wonderful venues? We like to think it’s all of the above!

Two of the biggest horse shows each year are the Grand National Morgan Horse Show in October and the AQHA World Championships held in November. No matter the month, you can find a world-class horse show taking place in Oklahoma City. Check the calendar for more events and dates.

equine, horse show, western heritage
Posted by: Greater Oklahoma City Chamber
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Tuesday, September 4, 2018

Horse Show Capital

Oklahoma City is unique for many different reasons. You can whitewater raft in downtown, our city was founded in a day and the parking meter was invented here, just to name a few.

On that note, you may be surprised to learn that we are considered the “Horse Show Capital of the World,” hosting more national and international equine championships than any place on the globe. Horse shows are a great way to see lots of action at an affordable price (many don’t charge admission).

In a single year, OKC hosts more than a dozen horse shows with an economic impact of $126.5 million. For horse riders and admirers alike, there’s no better place for the equestrian aficionado than OKC.

equine, horse show, Visit OKC
Posted by: Greater Oklahoma City Chamber
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Tuesday, April 3, 2018

Land of a lot of lakes

Lake Hefner

Oklahoma City is one of the premier places for water sports in the country. There are more than 30 lakes within an hour’s drive of OKC. In fact, Oklahoma has more man-made lakes than any state in the Union and more shoreline than the east and Gulf coasts combined. With so many lakes in Oklahoma it would take weeks to cover all you can do, so let’s just focus on what to do within OKC’s city limits.

  • Lake Hefner: features 2,500 surface acres, heated fishing docks, boat ramps, 9.1 miles of biking and jogging trails and is famous for sailboats and windsurfers. Hefner is also home to the Oklahoma City Boat Club.
  • Lake Draper: features 2,900 surface acres, four covered fishing piers, boat ramps, tending docks, handicap facilities and fish attractors. Picnicking, fishing, jet skiing, boating and sailing are all permitted. Skiing is allowed in open waters.
  • Lake Overholser: features 1,500 surface acres, covered fishing pier, boat ramps, tending docks, handicap facilities and fish attractors. Picnicking, fishing, sailing, boating and jet skiing are permitted. Lake Overholser is also attached to the wondrous Stinchcomb Wildlife Refuge.
  • Arcadia Lake: features 1,820 surface acres, picnicking, camping, swimming, water skiing, boating, hiking, disc golf and an equestrian trail. A heated, covered dock is provided for year-round fishing.
cycling, equine, family-friendly, fishing, outdoor recreation, running, water sports
Posted by: Greater Oklahoma City Chamber
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Tuesday, August 15, 2017

Out East

As residents of Prague like to say, “Come Czech us out!” Prague has a rich European history as it was founded by Czech immigrants who named the city after the capital of the Czech Republic. Prague hosts the annual Kolache Festival the first Saturday of May and celebrates the rich Czech culture.

You also don’t want to miss Prague City Lake, a 400-acre lake that includes a boat ramp, boat docks, picnic areas, volleyball court and playground. For hours and usage fees, go online. It is surrounded by the Prague Lake Trail, which features 30 miles of hiking, biking and equestrian trails, although you have to bring your own horse.

outdoor recreation, Prague, water sports, day-trip, equine, festivals, mountain biking
Posted by: Greater Oklahoma City Chamber
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Tuesday, July 25, 2017

Horsing around in OKC

Horse Show

Oklahoma City is unique for many different reasons. You can whitewater raft in downtown, our city was founded in a day and the parking meter was invented here, just to name a few.

On that note, you may be surprised to learn that we are considered the “Horse Show Capital of the World,” hosting more national and international equine championships than any place on the globe. Horse shows are a great way to see lots of action at an affordable price (many don’t charge admission). Saddle up and come see world-class performers show off their routines at these upcoming events:

See event details and check out the remainder of fall events here.

equine, horse show
Posted by: Greater Oklahoma City Chamber
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Riding on the river

Equestrian River Trail

One thing that makes Oklahoma City great (in our humble opinion) is the mixture you get of urban vitality and wide open spaces. There aren’t many places in America where you can watch an NBA game and then whitewater raft just a mile away. No matter what lifestyle gets you going, you can find it in the 4-0-5.

Did you know you can ride your horse right next to the Oklahoma River? Well, you do now. If you have a horse and want to stretch its legs, then get to know the new River Park Equestrian Trail located on the south side of the Oklahoma River near the Stockyards. The 20-acre park is open from 5 a.m. to 11 p.m., daily and offers parking suitable for your trailers. So hit the trails today.  

equine, Oklahoma River, outdoor recreation
Posted by: Greater Oklahoma City Chamber
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Tuesday, May 30, 2017

Letís get campy

Camping by a lake

Need an outdoor escape to celebrate the start of summer? You don’t have to leave the metro area to get your camping fix.

Lake Arcadia
The area around this in-city-limits lake in northeast Oklahoma County has been preserved to keep the nature natural, and provides an easy escape to camping bliss. At Lake Arcadia you can fish, boat, swim, ride your mountain bike, play disc golf and more. Get more info on camping here.

Lake Thunderbird State Park
With two swim beaches and two marinas (and a plethora of boat ramps) there is plenty to do both on and off the water at this state park just east of Norman. Hear that sound? Playgrounds, horse riding stables and all 18.5 miles of the Clear Bay Recreation Area Trail System are calling you (either that or the battery in your smoke alarm needs to be changed).

Oklahoma City East KOA
Located in Choctaw, this campground offers a pool, a snack bar, a playground and even Wi-Fi(!). Tent sites with water and electricity are available, as well as those without hookups.

Around the state
Want to get a little further away? The Oklahoma State Park system offers plenty of diverse opportunities to spend time under the stars. Our friends at the Oklahoma Tourism and Recreation Department are experts in exploring Oklahoma. Be sure to check out their tips for camping in the state and view a list of state parks.

fishing, mountain biking, outdoor recreation, parks, water sports, camping, day-trip, equine, family-friendly
Posted by: Greater Oklahoma City Chamber
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Tuesday, May 9, 2017

Great lakes

Lake Hefner Lighthouse

Oklahoma City is one of the premier places for water sports in the country. There are more than 30 lakes within an hour’s drive of OKC. In fact, Oklahoma has more man-made lakes than any state in the Union and more shoreline than the east and Gulf coasts combined. With so many lakes in Oklahoma it would take weeks to cover all you can do, so let’s just focus on what to do within OKC’s city limits.

  • Lake Hefner: features 2,500 surface acres, heated fishing docks, boat ramps, 9.1 miles of biking and jogging trails and is famous for sailboats and windsurfers. Hefner is also home to the Oklahoma City Boat Club.
  • Lake Draper: features 2,900 surface acres, four covered fishing piers, boat ramps, tending docks, handicap facilities and fish attractors. Picnicking, fishing, jet skiing, boating and sailing are all permitted. Skiing is allowed in open waters.
  • Lake Overholser: features 1,500 surface acres, covered fishing pier, boat ramps, tending docks, handicap facilities and fish attractors. Picnicking, fishing, sailing, boating and jet skiing are permitted. Lake Overholser is also attached to the wondrous Stinchcomb Wildlife Refuge.
  • Arcadia Lake: features 1,820 surface acres, picnicking, camping, swimming, water skiing, boating, hiking, disc golf and an equestrian trail. A heated, covered dock is provided for year-round fishing.
fishing, Lake Hefner, outdoor recreation, running, water sports, camping, cycling, equine
Posted by: Greater Oklahoma City Chamber
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Tuesday, February 28, 2017

Operation: Exploration

Wichita Mountains

Spring break is the perfect time to make explore and make memories with family and friends. And, you don’t have to travel far to have an amazing adventure. Check out one of Oklahoma’s 32 diverse state parks. From rappelling at Red Rock Canyon State Park to boulder hopping and climbing at Robbers Cave State Park, there’s an activity for everyone to enjoy.  Bring your own dune buggy or rent an ATV and fly over the dunes at Little Sahara State Park or grab your wet suit and have a scuba adventure in Lake Tenkiller's dive park. The range of activities offered at state parks includes golfing, disc golf, hiking, horseback riding, swimming and even cave exploring (check out the Alabaster Caverns State Park near Freedom).

In addition to relaxing in the beautiful surroundings - lakes, mountains, sand dunes, and forests - you can hike, bike, fish or participate in organized park activities. Then rest in a comfortable lodge or cabin, or camp in your own tent or RV.

Some areas of interest worth exploring that aren’t on the state parks’ list include the Wichita Mountains Wildlife Refuge operated by the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service near Lawton, Quartz Mountain Nature Park in southwest Oklahoma and the Tallgrass Prairie Preserve operated by the Nature Conservancy.

equine, family-friendly, fishing, golf, outdoor recreation, parks, spring break, camping, cycling, day-trip
Posted by: Greater Oklahoma City Chamber
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Tuesday, December 6, 2016

Hit the trail

equestrian park ground breaking

Itching to saddle up and experience our Western heritage for yourself? Civic leaders and community officials recently announced plans for an equestrian park on the Oklahoma River that will give you the opportunity to do just that. The park, on the Oklahoma River’s south bank, is just east of Exchange Ave. adjacent to Stockyards City. When it is complete, it will include a visitor center, a corral, an exercise area, open and covered outdoor arenas, and a riding stable that will be open to the public.

But you don’t have to wait to enjoy it (as long as you own a horse, that is)! The first phase of the development is open for visitors, with 20 acres and a 0.6 mile looped trail. Go ahead and hit the trail, pardner!

equine, Oklahoma River, outdoor recreation, western heritage
Posted by: Greater Oklahoma City Chamber
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Tuesday, September 30, 2014

Reign in your Excitement

We know that both the greenest city slicker and the most seasoned ranch hand alike can appreciate Oklahoma City’s equine culture. As the “Horse Show Capitol of the World,” Oklahoma City is home to more national and international equine championship events than any other city in the world. No matter your riding style, fall is the perfect time to experience Oklahoma City’s equestrian side at one of the many horse shows that call Oklahoma City home.

Grand National Morgan Horse Show
Oct. 11-18
www.morgangrandnational.com

U.S. Team Roping Championships
Oct. 25 – Nov. 2
www.ustrc.com

American Quarter Horse World Championship Show
Nov. 7-22
www.aqha.com

National Reining Horse Association Reining Futurity
Nov. 27 – Dec. 6
www.nrha.com

World Barrel Racing Futurity
Dec. 9-13
www.barrelfuturitiesofamerica.com

Oklahoma Paint Horse Club Holiday Classic
Dec. 28 – Jan. 3
http://www.oklahomaphc.net/

equine, horse show
Posted by: Greater Oklahoma City Chamber
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