HOCKLEY, TX – For the past 65 years, the Governor and Lieutenant Governor of Texas get invited to the Houston Livestock Show and Rodeo. No, not by phone, and not in an email. In true Texas fashion, the Harris County Sheriff’s Mounted Patrol delivers the invitation personally on a pony express style ride from Houston to Austin.
Forty horses and riders participated on this 112-mile ride, and this year Seargent Chris Adolph was the first. They head out of Hockley at 8 a.m. and arrive at their destination around 5 p.m.
Eleven different governors have received this invitation over 65 years, but that’s about all that’s changed.
This year’s invitation goes to of course Governor Rick Perry and Lieutenant Governor David Dewhurst. But both will surely be dawning their ten gallon hats for the Houston livestock show and rodeo that starts March 4th and runs through the 23rd. Giddy-up y’all!