At age 13, a few years after relocating to the United States from her native Australia, Cheryl West unearthed a passion for horseback riding. Since then, she has become accomplished in both the competitive and educational arenas, including snagging a master certification in equestrian instruction, operating a program for special-needs riders, and ghostwriting a memoir for Mister Ed. At West Equestrian Ranch, Cheryl and her team of seasoned instructors bestow their expertise upon pupils during camps and group and private lessons. Both are anchored in the philosophy that building a sturdy seat lays the foundation for adept trotting?the lessons gravitate toward English, Western, jumping, dressage, or trail methods, while summer camps fold similar techniques into days of riding, games, and horse care.
Cheryl and her staff also serve the equine community, rescuing one or two horses each year, rebuilding their strength and confidence, and giving them spots on the ranch's competitive team. Meanwhile, they allow kids free rein of a playground and picnic tables, where the stables' gentlest steed whinnies happily as kids finger-paint him with rainbows or complex mathematical equations.
At The Detailer, owners Matt and Brandi Snedden draw on more than 24 years of auto-industry experience to meet drivers’ cosmetic car needs. Performing a comprehensive menu of detailing services, the specialized technicians take care to hand wash paint and use chamois to delicately dry droplets like a concerned pet owner catching its lizard’s tears. The expert staff includes two paint-and-body specialists who handle aesthetic requests such as paint correction and restoration, as well as an audio/video technician who installs high-tech upgrades, including GPS navigation and remote car starters. All of Detailer's services are available on location, or techs will travel to homes or offices with the shop’s mobile unit in tow, allowing customers to easily fit maintenance-and-upkeep measures into their schedules.
Flying Turtle Photography captures indelible images of kids and families during intimate snapfests. Photographer Melissa Gilbert brings a nuanced touch to maternity and newborn sessions, snatching honest expressions from tykes and proud parents. Flying Turtle’s 2,000-square-foot boutique studio illuminates compositions with both industry and natural light as Melissa puts her subjects at ease in front of a multitude of backgrounds. Alternatively, scenic outdoor spots set a natural backdrop for wedding photos, baby portraits, and Arbor Day publicity fliers, all of which can be printed by the studio.
Roller derby has gained a reputation as a tough ladies' sport, but the Tulsa Derby League doesn't discriminate. Founded in 2007, the non-profit league hosts divisions for virtually everyone—men, women, and junior-level boys and girls—to join the fast-paced action, making it one of the largest roller-derby leagues in Oklahoma, just behind wild armadillos' lethal desert rumbles. Throughout the year, the league's teams—including the main men's and women's squads, the All-Stars and Militia, respectively—hurtle around the track during practices and bouts at Skates Roller Skating Entertainment Center in Sand Springs. Since the league operates as part of USA Roller Sports, professional skating coaches helm each squad, leading to a sense of discipline that landed the All-Stars a recent berth in the USARS Roller Derby Championships.
Proclaimed the national home of Oklahoma! by the children of Rodgers and Hammerstein in 1993, the Discoveryland! amphitheater hosts an annual run of the time-tested comedic musical. The national cast of Oklahoma! entreats audiences to song and dance numbers about a small-town community abounding with bidding wars, love yarns, and horse-drawn wagons filled with lost pit orchestra violinists. The show’s full outdoor sets and brightly colored period costumes set the mood for an evening of frontier festivities.
More than four decades of family-style recipes guide the chefs at Freddie's Steak House as they light up taste buds with steaks and traditional Lebanese fare. Diners delve into the meal's first act with an order of signature stuffed mushrooms, filled with cream-cheese garlic stuffing and topped with cheese. Patrons can use steak knives to carve treasure maps into hand-cut portions of rib-eye steaks, served with a relish tray of hummus, salad, or tabouli, as well as a choice of two sides. Each table nestles up to a scenic view of Keystone Lake, providing visual fodder for midmeal contemplation. Boaters can dock their vessels nearby and come inside to dine or to recruit grizzled seadogs for an expedition into a bandit's lair.