KATY, TX- The Valley Lodge Trail Riders are headed toward Houston. Jim Hubbard is the Valley Lodge Trail Boss. He’s been on this trail ride for the more than 20 years.
“Valley Lodge is known as a family trail ride and also as the Champagne Trail Ride because they try to do everything in a first class manner,” explained Hubbard.
Teacher Lisbeth Radcliff is a veteran Trail Rider and loves that it, “Sends you back in time to the pioneers and makes you appreciate how
they must have felt out on the trail.”
Willie Fry is the Assistant Trail Boss and loves that the trail rides keep, “The Western heritage and Western spirit alive in the middle of the big city.” He, also, admits they have a blast on these rides.
There are 75 Valley Lodge riders and they range in age from eight months to 80 years. Lindsey Moye is 11 years old and on her fourth trail ride. She says she does it because it’s fun and she likes riding her horse, Brownie.
Eight-year-old Jace Meisenheimer is on his first trail ride, “Last week, I was in Connecticut shoveling snow and now I’m here in Texas on a trail ride. People usually don’t ride horses up in Connecticut, or wagons.”
After enjoying some Tex-Mex (catered by Molina’s) the group will head to the Farm and Ranch Club for an overnight stay.
Tomorrow morning, Valley Lodge Riders will head for Memorial Park. By sundown, 3,000 trail riders will be celebrating their journey and kicking off the start of Houston Livestock Show and Rodeo.