The legendary Fort Worth Stock Show & Rodeo is going on as I write, 15 January through 6 February. Two other great rodeos are the San Antonio Stock Show and Rodeo (February 11-28) and the Houston Livestock Show and Rodeo (March 1-20). Both the San Antonio and Houston Rodeos have their associated trail rides with wagon trains – a great photo op not to be missed!
The 2016 South Texas Trail Riders Trail Ride & Wagon Train rides from South Texas to the San Antonio Rodeo. They leave from the Edcot Gin (FM 631) in Edroy, Texas, San Patricio County, at 8am on Friday, 5 February. They lunch at Hartzendorf Gin on FM 796, and spend the night at the Tynan recreation center in Tynan, Texas. On Saturday, February 6, they leave at 8am. Lunch is at the Skidmore, Texas Fire Department at the corner of 4th and East Refugio Street. They spend the night at the Beeville Expo Center at 214 South FM 351, Beeville, Texas. They leave Beeville on Sunday, 7 February at 8am and head to their overnight site in Pettus, Texas. On Monday, February 8, they ride to the Karnes County Show Barn located on U.S. 181 between Kenedy and Karnes City, Texas, and adjacent to the Otto Kaiser Memorial Hospital. On Tuesday, February 9, they are off again at 8am, and ride to Falls City to spend the night. On Wednesday, February 10, they leave at 8am for the Wilson County Show Barn at 435 SH 97 East in Floresville, Texas. They are off again at 8am on Thursday, February 11th, for their ride to the Bexar county Sheriff’s Posse Arena at 11755 South Foster Road, San Antonio, 78223.
The Houston Livestock Show and Rodeo have 13 affiliated Trail Rides and Wagon Trains which provide many photo opportunities. The longest of these rides is the 386 mile long Los Vaqueros Rio Grande Trail Ride from Hidalgo, Texas to Houston. Last year, the Northeastern Trail Ride from Cheeks, Texas to Houston included 300 riders and 14 wagons. The Salt Grass Trail Ride from Cat Spring, Texas to Houston featured 1,400 riders and 25 wagons. If you missed the South Texas Trail Ride to the San Antonio Rodeo, you can catch the Mission Trail Ride from San Antonio to Houston. For more information about the 2015 wagon train schedules, check out Houston Entertainment, Food and Events, Houston Rodeo Trail Rides. The schedules will be similar this year, with the main difference being the date and day of the week.