About The Riverbend Arena

Riverbend Arena is a full-service equine facility that caters to horse owners, competitors and spectators, located in Inola, Oklahoma (approximately 22-miles East of Tulsa, OK), 1-mile south of Hwy-412 and 4160 road. The arena and event center is a fully covered 100,000 sq. ft. facility with a full commercial kitchen, concessions, The River Eatery (opened during events only), meeting rooms, indoor stalls, outdoor paddocks, ample parking, bathrooms and the ability to host events from 100 to 10,000 people indoors, and 30,000+ person events outdoors. Click Here to see our facility.

Riverbend Leadership

Derek Sanders – Chief Executive Officer:

A fireman for the Tulsa Fire Department by trade, but is driven by a desire to be a successful rancher and steward of the land. Mr. Sanders studied at the University of Oklahoma, and a generational rancher giving his qualified and experience in the tools needed for growth and prosperity in business management.

John Hall – Senior Member:

John Hall has 62 years of experience as a rancher, horseman, sales, and business manager. John established in the community, supports local church and has family-like ties to the 27 Ranch family.

Tim Higeons – Senior Member:

Tim Higeons is a Captain of the Tulsa Fire Department by trade and a longtime friend of the 27 Ranch family. His leadership, work ethics, and moral code of conduct will be a positive influence on the business management team for the 27 Arena.


The 27 Ranch & Cattle Co. (27 Ranch) was founded in 2008 as a family owned farm and ranch dedicated to developing high quality cattle, improving the land through stewardship, and helping the community by creating jobs in the agricultural industry. Since the purchase of the initial acreages in 2006, the vision was placed in the heart of owner/operator, Derek and Alyssa Sander’s, to build an equine competition center that will host weekly rodeo events, private rentals, youth equine education, and national seminars with world-renowned equine speakers and trainers. The ranch has expanded rapidly since 2006, specifically with the grounding breaking of the 100,000 sq. ft. arena and event center in August of 2014. The Riverbend Arena would serve as a premier equine event center, hosting events on a weekly basis, and supporting the local community.

Due to the growing demand for agriculturally based operations, the Riverbend Arena will service Oklahoma’s need for a top-level equestrian event and education center. The local community of Inola, Oklahoma, will see the greatest impact and economic boost through this rural development, however the family friend atmosphere of the arena will create a destination location for equestrian enthusiast from around the region to compete and learn more about their trade.

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Our Facility

Map & Directions

Events Include:

  • Team Roping
  • Barrel Racing
  • Calf Roping
  • Steer Wrestling
  • Breakaway Roping
  • Cutting and Team Penning
  • Reigning
  • Harness
  • Goat Tying
  • Jumping/Dressage
  • Halter Horse Competition
  • Walk, Trot and Cantor
  • Western Pleasure
  • FFA Auctions
  • 4-H


Facility Includes:

  • Arena
  • Bucking chutes
  • Timed event chutes
  • Holding pens & Return alley
  • Officials platform
  • Sound system
  • Display timer
  • Permanent and temporary seating
  • Stadium lighting


  • Outdoor Warm-Up Arena
  • Covered Livestock Area with Water Available
  • Stall Barn
  • Pavilion
  • Permanent and Temporary Offices
  • Park Has Ample Area of Grass for Exercise and Grazing


  • Permanent Stalls
  • Potable Water With-In 150 feet of Each Stall
  • All Stalls Lighted
  • Daily Manure Removal From Stall Areas
  • Contestants Responsible for Cleaning Individual Stalls


  • Concession Stands, Full Commercial Kitchen and Locally Sourced
  • Nature Area
  • Ample Parking
  • Close to Shopping and Restaurants (Catoosa, Claremore, and Inola)
  • New Hotels (Catoosa)
  • Courteous Professional Staff and Friendly Volunteers
  • Rural Setting
  • Family Friendly Atmosphere

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