Northeastern Trail Riders attract news crews from across the pond

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by Sherry Williams / KHOU 11 News & KHOU.com staff

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Posted on February 20, 2013 at 7:42 PM

Updated Thursday, Feb 21 at 12:48 PM

ON THE TRAIL -- KHOU Cowgirl Sherry Williams caught up with the Northeastern Trail Riders Wednesday.

This group hit the road four days ago in Cheek, Texas.  These trail riders will cover 108 miles by the time they ride into Memorial Park Friday.

They are a tight-knit group that live and work in the traditional cowboy way for two weeks each February.

As for the grub, the cooks cater to their cravings for Cajun and Creole.

"The chuck wagon we have represents our heritage with southern Louisiana foods, crawfish, boudain, etouffee, red beans and rice," said trail boss Anthony Bruno.

A crew from the BBC in London is traveling with the Northeastern Trail Riders. They’re doing a story on the history of the African-American cowboy.

"Most people, especially outside of America, don’t realize that the cowboys aren’t just John Wayne and Clint Eastwood, that there were actually black cowboys then and now," explained Safraz Manzoor with BBC.

"I’ve learned that it’s really rather hard work sitting in back of a wagon but I’ve enjoyed it anyway," said Mark Rickards with BBC.

Be careful Brits, life on the trail can be addictive. Just ask the riders who come back year after year.

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