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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

OETRA members worked to put the horse campground in at Robbers Cave 38 years ago and also planned, cut and marked the horse trail system. Today, OETRA hosts a work week at Robbers Cave State Park each spring and volunteers bring their horses and work by horse back and also on foot to maintain the trails and clean up the camp. OETRA also hosts workdays at other horse trail systems.

OETRA membership is based on the calendar year. The cost is $20 for individuals and $25 for families. Those who join after Sept. 1, membership will be good through December 2013. Members receive a monthly newsletter full of upcoming rides and ride reviews and yearly membership directory. OETRA has a Yahoo Members Only Message Board to increase communications among members and a Facebook group page.

For more information about the “GPS 101 and Horse Camping 101 Clinic,” contact David Smith at (918) 230-0792 or email, or visit the website to download a registration form. A membership application can be also downloaded from the website.

Directions: Chandler is located right off the Turner Turnpike (Interstate 44) between Oklahoma City and Tulsa. To get to Bell Cow Lake equestrian campground and trails (lake area C), you should take State Highway 18 north from Chandler.

This will be a left turn past the toll gate if you use the turnpike. Just north of town, SH 18 crosses over the turnpike. Just beyond, a green and white sign will direct you to turn left (west) on a blacktop road to the Chandler lakes. After a straight stretch, the main road makes a wide turn to the right. Do not take the turn but go straight which is still heading west. The equestrian campground is about 2 miles further on and is well marked.