Discover Oklahoma: State park just made horse sense

BY KELI CLARK Published: March 15, 2009
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photo - Riders follow the trail at Sequoyah State Park near Wagoner. Trail rides are offered by Sequoyah Riding Stables.STATE TOURISM PHOTO
Riders follow the trail at Sequoyah State Park near Wagoner. Trail rides are offered by Sequoyah Riding Stables.STATE TOURISM PHOTO
The clock is ticking, and eyes everywhere are focused on the calendar. The countdown is on for spring break.

We’re all in agreement that a well-deserved getaway is in order, but making a decision on where to go and what to do could cause a difference of opinion.

But there’s an easy solution to make everyone happy: Visit a state park.

Gather the family, the camping gear, hiking boots, picnic basket and a map to choose your favorite destination. And while you’re at it, pull on a pair of cowboy boots and saddle up your trusty steed.

Riding stables and equestrian trails are two popular options to consider when planning a trip to your favorite park.

The newest stable operation in the state park system is the D bar T Stables at Robbers Cave State Park near Wilburton. Owners Dan and Laura Tolmachoff have been in business since 1990, when they began at a five-star resort in Phoenix. The Tomalchoffs recently relocated their family and business from Arizona to Oklahoma on a suggestion from Larry Lufkin, Dan Tomalchoff’s former rodeo friend and the current stable operator at Sequoyah State Park.

"Larry convinced us that the state park system in Oklahoma was one of the best to work in, so we came and checked it out and decided to stay,” Dan Tomalchoff said. "We love the area where we live now, and we’re already off and running with our business.”

D bar T Stables offers similar amenities as other operations, and it provides professional wranglers to instruct any "city slickers” on the basics of riding.

Other riding stable operations are available at Beavers Bend near Broken Bow, Lake Murray in Ardmore, Lake Thunderbird in Norman, Roman Nose in Watonga and Sequoyah State Park near Wagoner.


by Darnell Mayberry
OKC Thunder Senior Reporter
Darnell Mayberry grew up in Langston, Okla. and is now in his third stint in the Sooner state. After a year and a half at Bishop McGuinness High, he finished his prep years in Falls Church, Va., before graduating from Norfolk State University in...
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