More than 1,000 trail riders travel historic route to Houston Rodeo

KATY, Texas – Nearly 1,000 trail riders traveled across Katy on Wednesday afternoon, bringing them one step closer to the Houston Livestock Show and Rodeo.

The Salt Grass Trail Ride is the largest and oldest trail ride.  It started back in the 1950s.  This year the 103-mile journey began last Sunday in Cat Spring, Texas.  On Wednesday, riders rode their horses eight miles near Katy Park.  “We all get up about 5:30 every morning and you have to get your horses saddled, watered and fed,” said Jayna Leacarrens of Sealy, Texas.

Though Wednesday brought plenty of sunshine for the riders, high winds made difficult to ride.  “It’s freezing! It’s like ice!” said6-year-old Jacob Horn.  Everyone agreed the riding conditions were much better than Tuesday’s wet weather.

The Salt Grass Trail Ride is one of 13 trail rides making their way into Houston from across Texas.  One of the trail rides comes from Louisiana.  “If you've never been out here and seen everybody you just have no idea how much fun it is to be with everybody that feels the same way about the animals that you do,” Leacarrens said.

The Salt Grass Trail riders will continue their journey bright and early Thursday morning.  They plan to be at Memorial Park on Friday morning to meet up with all of the other trail riders.