In addition to the school-sponsored activities in town, Sapulpa boasts multiple options for inclusive activities for youth. Soccer, Dance, baseball, and basketball are some of the more well-known options. In addition to those, horseback riding, martial arts, and piano lessons are all offered in town.
Heavenly Halo Horse Ranch, LLC, is owned and operated by Tonja and Steve Fraizer and is located off of Highway 97. The family-owned business has more than 100 students, including close to 60 from Oral Roberts University. Both English and western riding lessons are available in a variety of disciplines, but all students learn to care for the animals first, then to tack and untack their own horse. Tonja begins lessons with kids as young as four, and has students as advanced as mid-70s. Lessons are adapted to the rider’s abilities by using well-trained horses that are able to read the rider as well, if not better than the instructor. One review of the ranch on Google states that it is, “Literally Heaven on Earth.”
The Japanese Martial Arts Academy teaches a variety of skills from Karate, Japanese Sword, and Jiu-Jitsu. Head instructor and owner Jerry Cichon is a certified special ed teacher for Tulsa Public Schools. The JMAA offers an inclusive curriculum to students of all ages and abilities. The “Little Samurai” program includes ages 3-7 which serves as a stepping stone to the more advanced classes. Skills are paced per student and done at the speed they are most confident. Classes are always enrolling and no student is turned away due to lack of ability. The studio is on Brown, across from the Aquatic Center.
The Welch School of Piano offers a creative outlet for students beginning at age 3. The philosophy that children learn by playing led owner Amanda Welch to open her own school of piano. Amanda was motivated by young kids and stated “the kids inspire me to continue to love music and never stop learning.” Amanda offers piano and beginning voice lessons which often serve as an aid to help kids focus and work on fine motor skills. Visit welchschoolofpiano.com to enroll.