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State equine trail riding association to host clinic in Chandler

BY TERRI FOLKS, Publicity Co-chair Modified: September 24, 2012 at 11:06 am •  Published: September 24, 2012

CHANDLER -- Oklahoma Equestrian Trail Riders Association Inc. (OETRA) is hosting a clinic on GPS 101 and Horse Camping 101 on Oct. 13-14 at Bell Cow Lake Equestrian Camp in Chandler.

Instructors will be available to assist participants in learning how to use a handheld GPS unit for trail riding during the morning session. The afternoon session will cover what to take on the trail, trail riding etiquette, what to expect on an organized ride, how to condition the horse for trail riding and safety skills.

Attendees will learn how to use portable corral panels, electric fence pens and picket lines to safely contain their horses. Former OETRA Presidents Milt Alexander and David Smith are the instructors.

On Oct. 24, OETRA will sponsor a poker run using the GPS, beginning at 9 a.m. The GPS will be used to locate the various check points on the trail. For those who don’t have a GPS, OETRA will team them with someone who does. Prizes will be awarded for the winning hands.

Clinic fees are $25 per person for OETRA members and $35 for non-members. Registration is 8:30-9 a.m. The classroom portion of the GPS 101 clinic starts promptly at 9 a.m. at the Equestrian Camp pavilion.

At noon, clinic participants will what elements should be in their saddle bags, then at 1 p.m., Horse Camping 101 will continue the clinic and will conclude at 3 p.m.

After 3 p.m., participants can have one-on-one time with the instructors and explore different camping stations that will be set up throughout the campground to demonstrate different types of camp set ups, including how to properly put up a picket line, how to build a portable electric corral and much more.

Dinner will be served at 5:30 for participants. Lunch and dinner are provided in the costs. Camping and trail fees are not and are payable to the City of Chandler who operates the park.

For those not familiar with OETRA, this group has donated more than $12,000 in funds across the state in the last three years at several horse camps and trails. OETRA was established in 1974 as the state’s trail riding association with the goal of promoting good stewardship towards Oklahoma’s trail system.

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