Southwest Trailriders Association carries on rodeo tradition

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HOUSTON, Tx. - It`s that time of year again. The Houston Livestock Show and Rodeo is just around the corner, and Saturday morning, the Southwest Trailriders Association set out on the trail they`ve been blazing for decades.
“It`s to show the heritage of the cowboys and cowgirls... And it`s family oriented…  That`s the number one thing about this trail ride is friendship and fun,” explains Mia Francis, Vice President of the Rolling Thunder Riding Club.

And like most Houston Livestock Show and Rodeo events, kids are the big winners here.

Trail Boss and President of the SWTRA, Alex Prince, says, ”We`ve given over $200,000 in scholarships...our mission is to support youth and education...most of our recipients either completed or are completing college. So we think that`s a big part of what we do.”

The seven-day trail ride takes them a total of 120 miles.  And every stop along the way, the camp-out is where some of the real fun begins.  Each wagon sets up its own site, inviting others to come by and feast on the fixin’s.
“Each night it`s like a huge carnival, you go from place to place having fun, eating different dishes.  Ya get a little bit of everything,” Trail Boss Prince shares.

As the Southwest Trailriders continue their journey, make sure you wave if see you see them out on the road. It really makes their day.

“All the people are on the side of the road they`re yelling they`re waving.  And it just makes us feel really good, and really happy to be out here,” says Mia Francis.

Y’all be safe out there, cowfolk!