The Southern Comfort Campout & Trailride has traveled dusty paths for 11 years, but Saturday was the first time they put on a Country Cool Down event, and it’s the first ever event of its kind held in the San Felipe-Frydek area just a few miles east of Sealy.
Trail riding clubs ventured from Sealy and eastbound in parts of Houston for the weekend event. In all, approximately 425 people came out, said Francheye Mackey, president of Southern Comfort Trail Riders.
The trail ride began at 2798 Stockold Road and covered 10 miles from Stockold Road to FM 1458 though Ward Bend and Eveline roads back to FM 1458. The ride started at 2:15 p.m. and lasted five hours.
“It’s family oriented,” Mackey said of the trail ride. “It’s still very cost effective if you have a big family.”
Family is a huge part of the event for Mackey and the 37 clubs that were represented over the weekend. Most of the clubs are founded through family.
The Rollin Thunda Riding Club’s founding members are Stephon Chambers and Tarek “Bubba” Reece. The club has more than 30 members and has been in existence for about a year and a half. Reece said they are huge proponents of children and helping the community.
“We give back to the Houston inner city,” Reece said, where every year they donate Thanksgiving baskets and feed the elderly during the holiday season.
They are mainstays in the public.
“‘Roll ’em every chance we get’ is our motto,” Reece said.
Rollin Thunda captured first place wagon.
Brookshire Bonafied Riders president Don Shailow honed in on some of the same sentiments as Reece. He said his club came together through four primary members and the heart and soul of it share family ties.
Most of them have been riding for years and came from various other clubs.
“It’s just a hobby, a pastime,” Shailow said.
Three-year-old Herman Stubblefield III was the youngest rider on the trail. He mastered a 1,200-pound horse by himself. Herman took home the Youngest Rider Award.
Club sizes vary as well. The Brookshire Bonafied Riders won the Most Members Award.
Partying was a must. Quite a few clubs packed onto single- and double-decked trailer beds. Deejays spun mind-blowing beats from on top of the trailers as they rolled onward down the trail. Winner of the Krunkest Party Wagon were Da Anonymous Ryderz from Houston.
Mackey said many clubs were delayed because of an accident on Interstate 10 that afternoon.
“Five wagons did not get an opportunity… It would’ve made eight,” if not for the accident, Mackey said.
This might have been the first time the event was hosted in the area but it won’t be the last.
“We’ve decided to make it an annual event,” Mackey said.