Salt Grass Trail Ride kicks off rodeo season


The Salt Grass Trail Ride begins in Cat Spring, Texas, on Saturday, Feb. 25, 2017, and culminates in the Houston Livestock Show and Rodeo™ Parade downtown, Saturday, Feb. 27, 2016.

Reese Lockett, Pat Flaherty, E.H. Marks, and John Warnasch founded the Salt Grass Trail Ride over 60 years ago, riding from Brenham to Houston for the 1952 Houston Fat Stock Show and Rodeo. Today we are proud to continue this great tradition with 25 wagons and nearly 1,500 riders on horseback to complete the seven-day journey.

We welcome and appreciate the support of each county we travel through and invite you to come out to watch as we make our journey into Houston.

As we make our way into Bellville, Texas, to camp at the Austin County Fairgrounds on Sunday, Feb. 26, many of the riders will be sporting pink as we observe “Tough Guys Wear Pink” to promote Breast Cancer Awareness.

Monday, Feb. 27, leaving Bellville, many riders will be wearing yellow in memory of a precious little boy Dayton Helms who joined the Riders in the Sky the summer of 2012 after a long battle with Leukemia. Dayton rode with Wagon 1, the original Wagon of our founder Reese Lockett.

We will also observe “Red Friday” on March 3, in support of our military branches servicemen and women.

Salt Grass Trail has been named the Houston Livestock Show & Rodeo™ Trail Ride Committee’s Top Trail Ride many times and we look forward to winning 2017. Our Trail Boss, Mitch Morgan resides in Hempstead, Texas, and contributes the success of our ride to the Board Members, Wagon Bosses, Assistant Wagon Bosses, Scouts, Safety Team and riders for a job well done. We could not have achieved these honors without everyone's cooperation and contribution to a safe and successful ride.

We are truly the “GRADDADDY OF THEM ALL” and blessed with a wonderful membership.

Proud of our past…committed to our future!

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