Arbuckle Trail Rides, LLC was started by Pete and Cheri Wolfe, owners of Wolfe Ranch Quarter Horses. After 35 years of training horses professionally, they needed to slow down and retire from hard competitive riding. Taking out a few trail riders seemed to fit their background perfectly. Now, they cannot keep up with the demand.
This is still a working horse ranch, so we are not very well set up for drive-in customers. We bring up the horses each morning that we need for that day's rides. Then we saddle up after finishing chores. Sometimes we can accommodate extra riders without much notice, but not always.
Proud to annouce that ATR has been recognized as one of the best trail ride destinations in the country. Most recently, they were voted "Best trail ride provider in Oklahoma" by the readers of "Oklahoma Living Magazine", Oklahoma's biggest magazine with the most subscribers in the state. Each year, several International groups come to ride.
All rides are set up with reservations. Horses are carefully matched to riders. Rides conducted at the ranch include a brief session of instruction and practice in the 'round pen' where a rider can get acquainted with their horse and get the feel of riding it. Saddles are always carefully adjusted to fit each rider. Helmets are provided for all riders under 18 and must be worn at all times when riders are mounted. Helmets are available for any other riders that want one.
We are old and technologically challenged! We have a PC in the office but are usually too buy to be there. We do not have internet access on a hand-held device. Soooo, if you want to get a quick response, it is best to call or text Cheri's cell phone:
Most of the year, our 2 hour and longer rides are taken out on the beautiful Chickasaw National Area (CNRA) located on the south edge of Sulphur. The riders pictured on the left are going up past the Veteran's Lake dam and spillway. We ride on approximately 5000 acres of hills and canyons located east of Arbuckle Lake.
Our 1 and 1.5 hour rides and lessons are taken out on our ranch north of Sulphur. The back part of our ranch includes a creek, several ponds, rolling hills and woods. Riders pass several horse herds including mares with foals every spring. There are several beautiful photo opportunities and your guide will offer to take photos of your group.
We occasionally have special rides available on large private ranches including Spring and Fall rides organized by the local 4-H club. The photo on the right was taken on one of the largest ranches in Oklahoma, right on the very top of the Arbuckle Mountains.
Includes time in the arena or round pen and time in the big arena or on the trail
ATR is located on the east side of US Hwy 177 exactly 4.5 miles north of State Hwy 7.
Directions from I-35 are as follows:
GPS is WRONG. Your cell phone or GPS unit will take you more than 10 miles from the ranch. It will even tell you to take the wrong exit off of I-35.
Jeans or other long pants are recommended.
Bring a camera and bottled water if you like; we have saddle-bags on the horses to accommodate them.
We have a 250# weight limit. Please let us know if any riders are close to or over 200# so we will be sure to have one of our sturdier horses saddled with a large saddle. We are sorry, but at this time we cannot accommodate riders that are over 250#
Every person rides their own horse. We are sorry, but we cannot take out children under 5 or 6 years old and do not let anyone ride ‘double’. Children must be willing to ride their own horse and that is usually when they are 5 or 6 years old. We have little saddles that fit them well and have riding helmets that children must wear. One of the guides will lead a child’s horse if needed.
We do not expect people to ride during stormy or bad weather. If it is just a little nasty, we usually ride. If it is raining or storming, we do not want to ride and do not expect anyone else to ride, either. Just call and check with us.
We expect people to keep ride reservations unless something major comes up. We try to keep with a 48 hour cancellation policy. If you cannot make it to a ride PLEASE call and let us know. ‘No shows’ will be charged!
Under Oklahoma law, Arbuckle Trail Rides, LLC, its owners, employees and all other involved in the operation are not liable for any accident, injury or death that may occur as a result of the inherent risks associated with equine and livestock activities including horseback riding. Everyone that visits our ranch or rides with us does so at their own risk. ATR has one of the best reputations and records in the industry and we strive to make everyone's visit safe and enjoyable, but whenever livestock is involved, the unexpected can happen.
Arbuckle Trail Rides usually takes most 2 hour rides and all longer rides out in the Chickasaw National Recreation Area. However, deer hunting is allowed in the CNRA. Therefore, we do not ride there at all when any of the gun hunting seasons are open. This includes:
Youth gun season -- October 20 - 22, 2017
Black powder season - October 28 - November 5, 2017
Open deer season - November 18 - December 3, 2017
Antlerless season - December 22 - December 31, 2017
During these dates, we ride only on our ranch north of Sulphur, OK
We raise train and sell well-bred registered Quarter Horses (for over 45 years) as well as a few Percheron draft horses and draft crosses. We also have 5 to 10 very gentle and very well-trained trail horses for sale at all times. We have sold trail horses to almost every state and have exported more than 30 horses to Europe and the UK.
Tiny, (Registered as Glenview Kane) is a very mild mannered stallion that rides and drives, loves people and sires gorgeous big, strong easy going babies that are just 'born broke'! Several are for sale at all times.
Photo on the left shows just one of several 'dead broke' trail geldings currently for sale.