It’s rodeo season here in Houston, which means it’s time for many of the year’s most highly-anticipated events. Among all of the Texas traditions that go along with the rodeo, perhaps none is as historic and as uniquely Texan as the Sam Houston Trail Riders Reception. Every year, thousands of real-life cowboys ride through Tomball to recreate the legendary trail rides which are part of Texas history. If you’d like to witness the wild west come to life again, this is one event you don’t want to miss.
The Sam Houston Trail Riders Reception began in 1952 when four men traveled by horseback across the state in order to generate buzz ahead of the Houston Rodeo and Livestock show. That ride drew a great deal of publicity throughout the state and soon became an annual tradition. Today, thousands of riders take part in this truly Texan tradition which has become one of the highlights of rodeo season.
The modern trail rides consist of 11 different trails traveled by over 3,000 different riders coming from as far away as Louisiana. The longest trail is the Mission Trail Ride which begins in San Antonio and travels 239 miles to Tomball, while the shortest is the 71.5-mile Valley Lodge Trail Ride which begins in Brookshire, Texas. Many of the horses involved in the rides are rescue animals, and many of the rides are used to raise money for local scholarships and charities.
The 65th Annual Sam Houston Trail Ride reception will ride into the historic 1907 Depot in downtown Tomball on Tuesday, February 19. The reception will feature live music and other old-time western fun as the riders stop in Tomball for a meal and an evening of Texas-sized fun. Free food will be on hand courtesy of H-E-B, Whataburger and Nonnie’s Café & Creamery.
The event will feature fun for the whole family including Western hats and moon pies for the kids, mascots, stick horse barrel races, and more. The fun starts around noon at the Tomball Depot at 201 South Elm Street along the railroad tracks in downtown Tomball.
Tomball is just 28-miles northwest of downtown Houston on FM 2920 at Highway 249. Call 281-351-5484 or visit tomballtx.gov for information, and be sure to like Tomball on Facebook at “Tomball Texan for Fun”.