All Trails Lead To Houston

In 1952, four men traveled on horseback from Brenham, Texas, to raise awareness of the Houston Livestock Show and Rodeo™. Today, more than 3,000 trail riders partake in the Show's signature tradition each year. Riders hit the trail in an attempt to recreate the Old West, and in doing so, find a common ground that links us all to the Show.

Be a part of history and support the 13 trail rides as they cross the great state of Texas toward their destination, the Houston Livestock Show and Rodeo.


Maps

See the individual Trail Ride route maps in the expandable sections below next to the Texas map.

Memorial Park Camp Locations 
Northwest
Southeast 

Schedule

The schedule for the 2017 Memorial Park arrival and awards ceremony will be posted at a later date, as well as the parade schedule.


Media

The Trail Ride Committee will be available for inquiries about the events and the individual trail rides in December. Additional media information will be posted at a later date.



Did You Know?


  • In January of 1952, the first Trail Ride took place with four men from Brenham, Texas.
  • One year later in 1953, 80 people signed up to start the Salt Grass Trail Ride. By 1954, 800 people were participating.
  • Today, more than 3,000 riders saddle up from all directions, including Louisiana and Mexico.
  • 13 Trail Rides participate in the Houston Livestock Show and Rodeo Downtown Rodeo Parade.
  • Nearly 1,800 miles is covered by all 13 Trial Rides.
  • Longest Distance = 386 miles: Los Vaqueros Trail Ride begins in Reynosa, Mexico.
  • Shortest Distance = 70 miles: The Texas Cattlemen’s Trail Ride begins in Montgomery, Texas.
  • All Trail Rides are led by Trail Bosses, who a responsible for ensuring safety. Learn more about Trail Bosses.
  • Many of the horses on the ride are rescued animals. The Texas Independence Trail Ride has such animals, as well as three century old wagons.
  • Many of the trail rides include family members and generations of all ages.
  • Some trail rides distribute scholarships to area students and visit schools to share the history of the Show and trail rides.

Los Vaqueros Rio Grande

Trail Boss
David Ramirez: 832.428.0580

Assistant Trail Boss
Sal Ramirez: 936.200.0106

Secretary
Sylvia Partida: 832.428.0580

About the Ride
  • Years of Participation: 43
  • Established: February 1973
  • Start Date: Feb. 6, 2016
  • Location: Hidalgo, Texas
  • Distance: 386 miles
  • Number of Riders: 50
  • Number of Wagons: 4
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Mission

Trail Boss
Larry Valles: 281.935.5538

Assistant Trail Boss
William Lopez: 281.857.4909

Secretary
Debbie Lopez: 832.335.2655

About the Ride
  • Years of Participation: 26
  • Established: January 1991
  • Start Date: Feb. 13, 2016
  • Location: San Antonio, Texas
  • Distance: 239 miles
  • Number of Riders: 65
  • Number of Wagons: 4
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Northeastern

Trail Boss
Anthony Bruno: 713.530.7986

Assistant Trail Boss
Keith Mack: 832.798.8349

Secretary
Chrisetta Mack: 832.866.7684

About the Ride
  • Years of Participation: 26
  • Established: 1990
  • Start Date: Feb. 20, 2016
  • Location: Cheeks, Texas
  • Distance: 109 miles
  • Number of Riders: 300-350
  • Number of Wagons: 10
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Old Spanish

Trail Boss
Morris W. Brown: 936.332.2095

Assistant Trail Boss
Barney Cases: 281.413.5597

Secretary
Norma Cases: 281.413.5661

About the Ride

  • Years of Participation: 61
  • Established: January 1956
  • Start Date: Feb. 20, 2016
  • Location: Logansport, Louisiana
  • Distance: 216 miles
  • Number of Riders: 50-100
  • Number of Wagons: 0

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Map

Prairie View

Trail Boss
Myrtis Dightman Jr.: 713.882.3959

Assistant Trail Boss
John Burkhalter: 832.235.5426

Secretary
Gina Goosby-Harris: 713.248.6149

About the Ride
  • Years of Participation: 59
  • Established: January 1957
  • Start Date: Feb. 20, 2016
  • Location: Hempstead, Texas
  • Distance: 89 miles
  • Number of Riders: 200
  • Number of Wagons: 7
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Salt Grass

Trail Boss
Mitch Morgan: 832.788.1890

Assistant Trail Boss
Dan Johnston: 713.201.1047

Secretary
Conni Meyer: 281.615.3707

About the Ride
  • Years of Participation: 65
  • Established: January 1952
  • Start Date: Feb. 20, 2016
  • Location: Cat Spring, Texas
  • Distance: 103 miles
  • Number of Riders: 1,200
  • Number of Wagons: 25
Sownloads Map

Sam Houston

Trail Boss
Earl Blackmon: 936.672.6820

Assistant Trail Boss
Bruce Fraysur: 281.924.4743

Secretary
Linda Sharp Dyess

About the Ride
  • Years of Participation: 62
  • Established: February 1955
  • Start Date: Feb. 23, 2016
  • Location: Montgomery, Texas
  • Distance: 70 miles
  • Number of Riders: 100 – 125
  • Number of Wagons: 8
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Southwest

Trail Boss
Alex Prince: 832.665.6918

Assistant Trail Boss
Paul Simpson: 832.731.0764

Secretary
D’edrere Hightower: 281.780.9715

About the Ride
  • Years of Participation: 23
  • Established: January 1993
  • Start Date: Feb. 20, 2016
  • Location: Rosenberg, Texas
  • Distance: 123 miles
  • Number of Riders: 275
  • Number of Wagons: 14
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Southwestern

Trail Boss
Rosetta Gray: 281.414.9134

Assistant Trail Boss
Elizabeth Cook: 713.419.0580

Secretary
Gabrielle Curvey: 832.931.6572

About the Ride
  • Years of Participation: 43
  • Established: January 1973
  • Start Date: Feb. 19, 2016
  • Location: West Columbia, Texas
  • Distance: 100 miles
  • Number of Riders: 250
  • Number of Wagons: 10
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Texas Cattlemen's

Trail Boss
Cliff Willson: 281.413.0101

Assistant Trail Boss
Ricky Nelson: 903.388.5291

Secretary
Leslie Nelson Young: 713.249.3164

About the Ride
  • Years of Participation: 31
  • Established: January 1986
  • Start Date: Feb. 20, 2016
  • Location: Magnolia, Texas
  • Distance: 70 miles
  • Number of Riders: 45
  • Number of Wagons: 4
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Texas Independence

Trail Boss
Jeff Simpson: 409.739.6725

Assistant Trail Boss
Sandy Flippo: 979.248.1012

Secretary
Tina Wargo: 281.744.8404

About the Ride
  • Years of Participation: 55
  • Established: January 1961
  • Start Date: Feb. 20, 2016
  • Location: Brazoria, Texas
  • Distance: 100 miles
  • Number of Riders: 100 – 150
  • Number of Wagons: TBD
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The Spanish

Trail Boss
Joe Cantrell: 713.875.0294

Assistant Trail Boss
Larry Cantrell: 936.672.3033

Secretary
Wendy Drabbant: 281.541.9028

About the Ride
  • Years of Participation: 56
  • Established: January 1961
  • Start Date: Feb. 20, 2016
  • Location: Shepherd, Texas
  • Distance: 109 miles
  • Number of Riders: 150
  • Number of Wagons: 10
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Valley Lodge

Trail Boss
Jim Hubbard: 713.823.3434

Assistant Trail Boss
Wheat McKinney: 713.254.9674

Secretary
Nancy Schmidt: 713.851.9309

About the Ride
  • Years of Participation: 57
  • Established: January 1959
  • Start Date: Feb. 20, 2016
  • Location: Brookshire, Texas
  • Distance: 71.5 miles
  • Number of Riders: 150
  • Number of Wagons: 9
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2016 Awards

    Safety Award
    • Northeastern Trail Ride

    Spirit Award
    • Texas Independence Trail Ride

    Spirit Award
    • Valley Lodge Trail Ride

    Division I (Large Trail Ride – 145+ participants)
    • Salt GrassTrail Ride

    Division II (Medium Trail Ride – 50 to 144 participants)
    • Prairie View Trail Ride

    Division III (Small Trail Ride – 49 or fewer participants)
    • Valley Lodge Trail Ride