The South Texas Trail Riders ready for warm-up ride

Posted at 5:10 AM, Oct 03, 2018
and last updated 2018-10-03 08:00:59-04

It is never too early to talk about the South Texas Trail Riders’ annual trail ride.

This event is 4 months away, and they are looking for a few good riders.

The ride is eight days long and covers more than 140 miles of back roads and highways on horses, mules and wagons.

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.

“Just come on out, show up. If you have a horse, make sure you bring a negative coggins. If you don’t have a horse, just come on out, you are welcome also,” saidSouth Texas Trail Riderstrail boss Michael Dunn.

“It’s been going on now for 60 years, and we have generations and generations, and life members that are on this ride -children that have grown up on this ride and that are now adults with their kids on the ride,” said South Texas Trail Riders public relations coordinator Liz Vesely.

Riders from various corners of the country participate each year to keep the tradition alive.

“It is all about keeping the cowboy tradition alive and the love for agriculture, and it’s really about fellowship, friends, and family,” said South Texas Trail Riders queen Brianna Fouse.

“We don’t only have people here from the local area in South Texas; we get them from all over the United States. We have had them from Alsaka, Maine, Europe, all over the place. It is really interesting to get with these people and learn what they do and have fun with them too,” said Dunn.

If you can’t wait 4 months, the South Texas Trail Riders will host a warm-up Christmas ride that will take place November 30at the Goliad Fairgrounds.

“It is just a Christmas warm-up ride just for people to kind of get together and get their animals out and riding them. Kind of get them warmed up and ready for the big ride coming up. It is also one of our rides that we raise money and collect toys for Driscoll Children’s Hospital in Corpus, as well as the Santa Rosa Christus Hospital in San Antonio,” said Vesely.

More than 3,500 riders from 11 locations in South and Central Texaswill give up the comforts of home and take to the open road on horseback and in wagons to ride to the San Antonio Stock Show & Rodeo. The South Texas Trail Riders 60 annual trail ride will take place on Friday, Feb. 5 through Friday, Feb. 9.

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