HOUSTON, TX – Yee-haw, it’s rodeo time, and y’all know what that means; the trail riders are making their way to Houston.
The Valley Lodge Trail Ride Association has a 55 year tradition of hoofin’ it to H-Town.
Virginia Hogan, who’s been part of the ride for 7 years, says, “It’s like another little family that you get to once a year. You get away from the house…good people.”
But that’s not their only tradition. For nearly 20 years they’ve adopted the Brookwood Community, a residence for adults with disabilities.
“This is an opportunity for us to feel like that we are giving something back. We have been working with these folks for almost 20 years and it`s very rewarding,” according to Jim Hubbard, Valley Lodge’s Trail Boss
“Our guys have disabilities and they were known for that growing up but now they’re known for their work. What makes it famous is our guys talk about the rodeo and Valley Lodge year round. That’s their conversation. They say I love the cowboys but I get to go Valley Lodge every year and dance with a cowboy or cowgirl,” explained Greg Glauser, Community Life Director for the Brookwood Community
For a few hours these exceptional people light up the day for each other, with friendship and a lot of respect.
“They like us and we like them, and I don’t know any other trail ride that does anything like this,” said Hubbard
A cowboy tradition that will hopefully keep giving year after year.