It is not a sight you see every day, and if you are driving up and down highway 181 and I-37, you might be doing a double-take as members of the South Texas Trail Riders’ will be making their way to the San Antonio Stock Show and Rodeo.
It is that time again. Time to saddle up, and put on your cowboy hat and boots for the 60 annual South Texas Trail Ride.
For most of the riders, this annual ride is all about getting in touch with the past and all the friends that become family along the way.
“We do this every year to keep the cowboy tradition alive. This is our 60th ride into San Antonio. Not sure yet on how many riders, just all depends on weather,” said South Texas Trail Riders Inc. board member Liz Vesley.
The South Texas Trail Riders allow the modern day cowboy and cowgirl to take part in this long-time tradition. And whether you are riding on a mule or on horseback or in a wagon or behind the scenes helping to get this ride down the road, it is all about helping keep the tradition alive on their eight day ride that will cover more than 140 miles of back roads and highways.
Remember when Roland got on a horse during his trail ride liveshot? Here is a refresher:
“We are one of 12 trail rides that all meet in San Antonio next week. It’s open to anybody. We have people that come from all over the 50 states. It’s only $60.00 for adults and $20.00 for children. Covers all your meals 3 times a day for 8 days, but that small cost alone doesn’t cover all the food and expenses to get down the road,” said Vesley.
This annual South Texas Trail Ride will start Friday morning February 1, at 8:00 a.m. The wagons and riders will line up near the Edcot Gin in Edroy,Tx.
Overall participation in the annual ride has declined in recent years so organizers are inviting everybody and anybody to be a part of this tradition.
“The purpose of the South Texas Trail Riders Inc. is social and was formed to stimulate, promote and encourage the love of horses, riding, family and good fellowship, to also perpetuate the memory of the original trail riders, and to promote the interests of livestock raising & agriculture,” said Vesley.
For more information, visit the website: http://www.sttr.net/