Traveling to OKC


I’m doing a project for Driver’s Education. We have to pick a destination at least 1500 miles away, and I chose OKC since it may become a very realistic trip in the future! I live in Vermont, so it’s about 1600 miles. I have a few questions:

When traveling a far distance with your horses to OKC, do you stop at stables overnight? If so, which ones welcome boarders for a night or two? 

How many nights would you spend at various stables? What is the average cost of staying a night or two?

How early do you go to OKC, as I have heard that some people choose to board a week or two in Oklahoma before the Nationals.

Am I even going about this right???


Any information or input is greatly appreciated! Thank You!

5 Responses to Traveling to OKC

  1. JRae says:

    When we travel to OKC our first layover is in Springfield, OH at the Champions Center(our starting point is southern Connecticut). We stay one night and I believe the charge was $15.00/night/stall. Bedding not included. Our second stop is in Missouri -the name has changed on the farm and I can’t remember it right now. $15.00 again. We stay one night but have on occasion stayed two. We arrive in OKC the day the barns officially open. We don’t bring huge amounts of horses so set up isn’t the production it is for some farms. Most of our horses also travel well and don’t need that extra time.Hope this is a little help

  2. jgarrett_fhf says:

    First off, I live in Washington state, so I dont know if this is going to help you based on stops because they arent over your direction, but we stop in Nampa, ID at a local fairgrounds there, then we stopped in Utah, then Albequerque, NM at the state fairgrounds and then the rest of the way to OKC. Each time we stop is $15 and the place in ID and NM provide bedding, the others do not. And they all have different rules about stalling as well. In ID you clean your stall before you leave and they give you a discount, then in NM you dont clean the stalls, they do after you leave.

    Every time we stop to use the restroom or fuel up we give the horses water. And just check on everyone.

    We got to OKC about four days early just because we had a couple younger horses and one that does not do very well traveling…but four days seemed like it was a good amount of time because then you also have time to settle and set up.

  3. Merlcann08 says:

    Driving from Michigan my trainer stops at this facility.
    Driving from Vermont you would need to stop sooner.

  4. StacyGRS says:

    We come from Southern California and the trip to OKC is typically about 26 hours. We go straight thru, except for fuel/water stops. We generally have multiple vehicles in our group and we have between 22 and 30 horses with us. We find that loading and unloading is where most issues occur and it takes about an hour to an hour and a half to get them all loaded, so, a layover would really be more trouble than it is worth for us. By the time you got there, set up buckets and bedded, unloaded, settled horses in, fed them, checked on them to see that everyone ate and gave them more water and then checked into a hotel and got out bags, you’d be not too long before you had to start packing up and loading again. Our horses generally don’t settle immediatly (we tend to travel with some young, some studs, some young studs:)in a new place, so, their first night of sleep is likely not to be the best either. We also tend to be concerned with layover places and sickness…you just never know what the last horse had.
    When I came to OKC frm the East we always did a layover. I like the idea, but in practice it really didn’t ever make me feel more rested and with the horses we take it just is not helpful to us.
    For the most part, our horses are the most restless the first hour or two on the van…then the fun of picking at your neighbor or pawing has worn off and they settle in and travel quietly and peacefully. Most of them drink well and we keep pretty close tabs on who is drinking and who isn’t at each stop. They are offered water at every stop first, then we all go in, use restrooms,get munchies and drinks, pay for fuel, then they are offered water once more before we leave. Our’s get oral electrolytes as they load onto the van at home and again at the 1/2 way point. Each vehicle has 2 drivers and they trade off each stop…we generally do about 4 hrs per shift. Each vehicle has a CB in it so we can chat to pass the time in the night. When we get to OKC our horses usually bounce off showing no signs of having just traveled that distance. We lay over at a farm just outside of OKC..we generally get there 1 week before the start day of the show. We plan to leave home early in the AM so we get there in the AM. That way we can settle the horses, take all of their temps, and get ourselves checked in and showered and come back to check again on the horses and make sure everyone is feeling well. We can generally get to bed at a decent hour that night and wake up the next morning to start body clipping!!! fun! We clip for 1&1/2- 2 days..whatever it takes to get them done, and they only hand walk on those 2 days. By day three they are in desperate need of some work and exercise because they are feeling quite good:)Lower temps, body clipped, couple of days off and a new place during their fittest time of the year makes for exhuberant horses. We work horses for 2 days and then we take a day to go set up at the fairgrounds. That’s my favorite part of doing it this way…our horses aren’t there for the 2 days of pounding nails, dust flying, stalls being bedded, fairgrounds vehicles all around and horses screaming…by the time they come in the stalls are bedding and the dust has been knocked down, their buckets are full, name plates on their stalls and we are ready to go. Traveling with the number we have takes some planning, but once you’ve done it for a while you get a system. We kow the truck stops well and usually know our co-driver’s preferrences well. It works for us. I think you can really do it either way and be successful, you just have to find the system and stops that work for you and your horses.

  5. DocsGirl says:

    Thank you all so much! Our original assignment was to find out how much a trip would cost between hotels, dining, etc as in a vacation setting or something similar. And of course, I had to make it more complicated ;), and asked if I could plan my trip to OKC. So now, I have to calculate the cost of fuel, food, stable if we were to make a stop, where we would stop, etc, etc for the round trip! Plus, I’m thinking this could be my near future, as my WP gelding is doing very well. I really had no idea about the details of overnight stops, and I didn’t realize that fairgrounds will let stables come for a night. And it definitely makes sense to go straight through when you have that many horses, Stacy! All that unloading and reloading would be such a hastle, plus bedding costs and whatnot.

    You all have helped a lot, I really appreciate it! Thank you!

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