HOUSTON -- Thousands of cowboys, cowgirls and “cow kids” are headed into Houston this week to take part in Saturday’s downtown Rodeo Parade. One of the trail riding groups is the Southwest Trail Riders. They are 300 riders strong and have been doing the ride since 1993.
"I'm an old down home country boy. Grandchildren like trail riding. I like trail riding,” said Donald Jones.
Before there were freeways, there were horse and wagon trails. In fact, these trails were later paved to become most of the city’s major freeways, leading into the heart of the city.
The trail rides are about paying honor to the cowboy way of life and teaching younger generations about the history of it.
"We're trying to preserve the old western tardyons, especially black cowboys have a history of the western days," said Duggie Joseph, who rides with his adult son.
He said families get to enjoy quality time with each other during the trail rides. Many participants use vacation time every year to make the trip by horseback and in wagons.
Aiden, 3, was experiencing the ride for the first time, with his grandfather. He was having the time of his young life.
"I'll be a real cowboy,” he declared, now that he has been initiated to the trail ride life. “This is my first rodeo," he answered when asked about his previous experience.
For info on all things trail ride and rodeo, visit: http://rodeohouston.com/