OklahomaHorses Magazine January 2024

4 OklahomaHorses • January / February 2024 G reetings for 2024! We hope you enjoy a peaceful winter surrounded by your family, friends, and animals as you gain inner resources and strength for the year ahead. And we think you will find interesting articles in this issue of Oklahoma Horses for your wintertime perusal. Have you ever heard of tiger horses? And did you know famous Native American actor Wes Studi once trained them in New Mexico? Carol Mowdy Bond describes how Studi — linguist, artist, musician, and author — is also a horseman who traces his roots to his native Oklahoma and has maintained an active involvement with horses. Young Oklahoman Madison Schalla tells writer Casie Bazay about her exciting experiences and successes as a professional trick rider and how she is passing on the love of the sport to her very youthful pupils. You will gain respect for the superbly trained riders and horses who perform this difficult and highly skilled type of horsemanship. Lindsay Humphrey tells us how the use of draft horses and mules has evolved from plowing and pulling wagons to participating in parades, shows, and other events as more people appreciate these sturdy large breeds. The Oklahoma Draft Horse and Mule Association keeps the history and versatility of these equines in the public eye. Did you ever want to go on a trail ride or be on television? How about both? You will enjoy Leigh Ann Matthews’ article about the filming of a trail ride in Oklahoma for the RFD-TV series Best of America by Horseback. The route took riders from prairies to mountains, with lots of camaraderie along the way. So welcome to another year in the lives of Oklahoma horses and horse people, no matter what special brands of equine activities you enjoy. Marilyn, with Fred and LeeRoy Volume 7, Number 1 PUBLISHER Marilyn King 918.520.0611 mking@oklahomahorsesmagazine.com EDITOR Rowena Mills 918.274.9251 hrmills444@yahoo.com CREATIVE DIRECTOR Amanda Bullock WEB MANAGER/AD SALES Steve Kirkpatrick 918.230.2493 steve@oklahomahorsesmagazine.com ADVERTISING SALES Marilyn King 918.520.0611 mking@oklahomahorsesmagazine.com Steve Kirkpatrick 918.230.2493 steve@oklahomahorsesmagazine.com Leigh Ann Matthews 918.869.8873 leighann.okhorsesmag@gmail.com CONTRIBUTING WRITERS Casie Bazay Carol Mowdy Bond Lindsay Humphrey Leigh Ann Matthews www.oklahomahorsesmagazine.com P.O. Box 14128 Tulsa, Oklahoma 74159-1128 ©2024. All rights reserved. No part of this publication may be reproduced without the express written consent of the publisher. FROM THE PUBLISHER LeeRoy Freddie