Trail riders converge on Houston's Memorial Park

Published On: Feb 21 2012 01:38:47 PM CST   Updated On: Feb 24 2012 05:42:43 PM CST
HOUSTON -

Thousands of trail riders arrived in the Houston area Friday.

More than 3,000 riders on horseback converged on Memorial Park, where they will have one last night of camping before Saturday's downtown rodeo parade.

After traveling a combined total of nearly 2,000 miles, 12 trail rides will merge and camp overnight, continuing a 60-year-old tradition.

Beginning as early as Feb. 3, trail rides began making their way to Houston from points as far east as Logansport, La., and as far south as Hidalgo, Texas.

Trail riders are judged several times during their rides on overall appearance, including dressing in traditional Western wear. Final judging occurs as the riders enter Memorial Park from 11 a.m. to 3 p.m.

Awards are presented in three divisions based on number of participants.