About

In the world of equestrian trailers, the name Cherokee means state-of-the-art. The reasons are inherently evident in an across-the-board commitment to product quality ­ a commitment that infuses every aspect of the Cherokee approach.

We start with material and design. As for industry standards, Cherokee doesn’t believe in them; we perform to our own self-defined, rigorous standards.

  • Aircraft strength aluminum alloy throughout.
  • Extruded aluminum floor planks with I-beams on five insch centers (Strongest in industry).
  • Four-sided structural upright post with five times the strength of accepted “industry standards.”
  • Top rail with a 2 1/2” radius and 5 extra strength ribs to give maximum roll over protection. (Patent Pending)
  • Four-sided aluminum roof bows that are one third stronger than the accepted “industry standard.”
  • Stainless steel huck bolts
  • Visible welds that show our attention to detail.
  • Living quarters that lack for nothing in conveniences.
  • An exhaustively tested electrical circuitry system.
  • A computer engineering model that assures fit and finishes conforming precisely to our meticulous design plan.
However, the finest materials in the hands of the unskilled would indeed be an empty exercise. Cherokee Trailer people, from engineer to artisan, are experienced and expert in their respective roles. Our degreed engineers are continuously investigating, researching and testing in the unrelenting search for improvement. In this regard, all Cherokee employees, regardless of position, are viewed as contributors and the possible source of a better way of doing things. This kind of free flow of ideas makes for an atmosphere whose driving force and sole underlying principle is not to rest on our past achievements.

Meet The Owner

Tom and Wanda Welchel began building horse trailers in 1989, jumping into a new career with hopes that it would be sustainable. “At the time, the economy was bad in Oklahoma, so we were looking for something that would have a nationwide audience to appeal to,” Tom Welchel said. Cherokee Trailers found the audience it was looking for, and nearly 20 years later the Oklahoma City company has more than 60 dealers nationwide, along with dealers in Canada, Australia and Puerto Rico.

Tom handles the sales and marketing of Cherokee Trailers, while Wanda oversees the Production of the Trailers. Together they have created an all aluminum trailer that is designed to meet the needs of each individual customer. , They next introduced “Dream Catcher Interiors” in order to complete the all aluminum trailer of your dreams, whether your style is “Cowgirl Beautiful or Cowboy Tough”, Dream Catcher Interiors has many beautiful interiors to pick and choose from. Features include: solid oak cabinets, fabrics, leathers and an interior quality that simply says “home”.

Tom and Wanda have five children. One daughter and four sons, with seven grandchildren. They enjoy traveling, cooking and entertaining guests in their ten acre horse ranch in Oklahoma City, Oklahoma.