(Feb 24th, 2015)

Caught up with the Southwestern Trail Riders at Rosharon TX on their way to Houston for the rodeo parade.

Established in 1973. Mainly African American Women Trail Riders. A 102-mile ride from Angleton, Texas to Houston. Like many of the groups that converge in Houston for the festival, they pick up small groups and individual riders along the route to form those very impressive caravans by the time of the parade.

“Black Cowboys”, a concept I was vaguely aware of, due to occasional sightings of them tending their horses north of Houston on 59N by the airport. It is a way of life, a very distinct culture.

While the Houston Rodeo Trail Ride started mainly to promote the festival on 1952, this annual tradition has continued as a tribute the the culture and a way of life that is still vibrant despite the onward of time.

And yes, I finally got to ride on a horse. One check off the bucket list.

More images at: http://forestphotography.smugmug.com/Events/2015-Solils/20150224-Trail-Riders-Rosharon/48100445_N7L6Fr