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Trail Riders DETAILS

From the trail riders organizer:

The groups of people who comprise the 12 trail rides that converge on Houston are like small cities of settlers, combining their leadership and resources to bring their group over many miles. They are people from all walks of life, and each trail ride has many interesting stories. Their appearance in Houston signals the start of the Houston Livestock Show and Rodeo™ as they merge via many routes into Memorial Park and proudly ride Saturday morning in the Downtown Rodeo Parade.

Historically, in 1952, four men traveled on horseback from Brenham, Texas, to raise awareness of the Houston Livestock Show and Rodeo™. Today, more than 2,000 trail riders partake in the Rodeo’s signature tradition each year. Riders hit the trail in an attempt to recreate the Old West, and in doing so, find a common ground that links us all to the Rodeo.

Be a part of history and support the 10 trail rides as they cross the great state of Texas toward their destination, the Houston Livestock Show and Rodeo.


Each group of trail riders follows its own historic route. As such, some are shorter, some are longer – each has its own stops and opportunities to wave at them along the way or meet them for lunch. Be sure to check the map below to find the trail riders closest to you. Then look at their individual route, stops, and schedule.

Consolidated Map

Learn more about the Houston Rodeo with our Family Guide.

Houston Rodeo trail riders stop and let a little boy and other children sit on their horses in Tomball Texas.

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