All Trails Lead To…Houston!

tomball trail riders courtesy of yourhoustonnews

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Well, it’s that time of year again and we are all gearing up for the Houston Livestock Show and Rodeo. Have you got your boots ready? I’ve got mine.
Last year, I shared my experiences about what it takes to get a steer ready for a livestock show.

This year I want to discuss a different road to the rodeo. If you don’t get out of the Houston metropolitan area much, you may not realize that this week thousands of trail riders from 13 different groups are making their way to our fair city. Ultimately, they all camp out together in Memorial Park on Friday (February 27th). They then join bands and floats to parade through downtown Houston on Saturday (February 28th) to officially kick off the Houston Livestock Show and Rodeo season.
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The Long Road to Rodeo

Well, it’s March in Houston, Texas.  You know what that means…it’s time to get your boots on and get ready to Rodeo!  The trail riders have finally made their way to Houston.  I live in Montgomery County and always love seeing the various teams moving in from the north, even if they slow down traffic.

Not me. And my steer was full grown. But this is the spirit of the thing.

 
The Houston Livestock Show and Rodeo officially starts on March 4th and runs through March 23rd.  As you know, there will be plenty of music (Brad Paisley starts us off this year), food (yes, all of those deep fried items and barbecue), and fun (the children’s petting zoo and pony rides). But what you may not know is that this is the culmination of months of preparation for thousands of Texas 4-H and Future Farmers of America (FFA) students and their livestock. I have to admit I always get nostalgic at this time of year.

You see, in central Kansas where I grew up on a farm and cattle ranch, late February and early March is when you select your steer for the annual 4-H fair and livestock show in July.  Continue reading