Trailriders Kick Off Houston Livestock Show and Rodeo

The trailriders are in town. The last of the cowboys and girls are riding into Memorial Park, where they're camping to kick off the Houston Livestock Show and Rodeo. Houston Public Radio's Laurie Johnson has more.

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Today is the day to get a glimpse of the Old West. The rodeo's first trailride was in 1952 when four men rode from Brenham to Houston. Jim Winnie is officer in charge of the Trailride Committee. He says that first trailride, the Saltgrass, has grown to thousands.|

"There are 13 trailrides now, there's some 4,000 trailride members and they all, a big chunk of them will converge on Memorial Park."

Right now, the park looks more like a Texas Ranch than a hike and bike trail. Riders travel as far as 400 miles on horseback from Hidalgo, Texas. Others come from Louisiana and all points in between.

"The longest one is a three-week ride and so they come from all parts of the country. There are some of them that have -- that are big trailride and there are some that have you know maybe 20 to 30."

The Houston Livestock Show and Rodeo opens Tuesday and runs through March 18th. Laurie Johnson, Houston Public Radio News.

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Laurie Johnson

Local Host, All Things Considered

Laurie Johnson is the Houston host for All Things Considered at KUHF NPR for Houston. Before taking the anchor chair, she worked as a general assignments reporter at KUHF, starting there as an intern in 2002...