The Salt Grass Trail Riders is heading out this weekend to the Houston Livestock Show and Rodeo.

The legend has it that one time Brenham Mayor Reese Lockett, after a rocky airplane ride back from a college bowl game declared he would never go anywhere he couldn’t get to on his horse.

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A few weeks later however, came the Houston Livestock Show and Rodeo and he wanted to go.  That was the beginning of the Salt Grass Trail Ride.  It is a weeklong trek on horseback to the big rodeo, that continues to grow. After years of beginning in Cat Springs the ride came back home to Washington County a couple of years ago.

Dickie Davis, the Trail Boss of the Trail Ride says some 800 riders came  the fairgrounds on Friday to prepare and rest for a day before they pull out for the Rodeo. They will prepare for the long ride with a Circle Ride around Brenham.

After a seven mile ‘Circle Ride’ around Brenham, the riders will begin the long ride on Sunday morning, with plans to get to Houston’s Memorial Park on Saturday March First.

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