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Trail rides converge on Houston in trip's final leg

HOUSTON – Trail rides from across the Houston area converged on Memorial Park on Friday afternoon to bring their long journeys to an end.

KPRC reporter Chip Brewster spent the final leg with the Salt Grass Trail Ride.

Starting off at Houston Farm and Ranch, the ride kicked off at 8 a.m.

As it progressed deeper into Houston, the crowds along the way steadily grew.

Schools, businesses and neighborhood residents came out to wave and show their support for the teams.

In total, more than a dozen wagons made the entire length of the trek into Houston.

As the oldest of the trail rides, Salt Grass had the honor of arriving last into Memorial Park, just after 4 p.m.

Shortly thereafter, KPRC's 5 p.m. newscast took place and included a short ceremony to honor all of the rides and hand out a few awards.

Salt Grass came away with a spirit award.

After four days on the trail with two different rides, Chip had this to say: "It was an experience I will never forget. I have never felt more Texan than when I was riding down the roads of Houston surrounded by hundreds of horses and cowboy hats."