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Cowboy Capitol Trail Ride heads out next week

By Carolyn B. Edwards BCC Staff Writer

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Wes Hatch and his mules, Jeanie and Joyce, are not doubt looking forward to riding in the 45th Cowboy Capitol Trail Ride, heading out next Friday, Jan. 31.

For the 45th year, the Cowboy Capitol Trail Ride Association (CCTRA) will travel from Bandera to the San Antonio Stock Show and Rodeo. The ride gets organized with a camp out Friday, Jan. 31, at Mansfield Park in Bandera. It arrives in San Antonio on Friday, Feb. 7.
Trail Boss Kevin Dittmar will lead the activities this year, assisted by Trail Boss Elect Wes Hatch, President Lolo Rodriguez and Vice President Elect Melinee McComas.
Registration will be held at Mansfield Park on Jan. 31 beginning at 7 pm. As with all horse events, a Coggins is required, so bring a copy to be kept on file. Ride fees are $65 for adults and $20 for children, with no charge for children six and under.
Cattle call with breakfast provided by the Chikin Coop in Bandera will come at 6 am Saturday, Feb. 1. Additional registrations will be taken that morning.
At 8:30 am CCTRA heads west to Tarpley, with a lunch stop at the Becker Ranch and supper at the VFD grounds provided by the McComas family.
Sunday, riders and rigs head to the Hill Country State Natural Area and a play day at Rancho Cortex.
On Monday, the ride makes its way back to Bandera to camp at Old Bandera Downs where supper will be provided by CCTRA. Tuesday's camp will set up at Jake's in Pipe Creek, and on Wednesday the stop will be at Sundance Ranch LLC. Stall rentals are $15 at the ranch.
Thursday's camp will settle at the Helotes VFW Post with a meal provided by the Helotes Trail Dusters. A dance with music by Paul Sanchez will conclude the evening.
On Friday, the ride heads into the big city where it joins dozens of rides from around the state to take part in the San Antonio Stock Show's parade and other activities.
The CCTRA enforces the trail boss's rules for good behavior all along the trail. No drinking is allowed on horseback, foul language and obscene behavior are never tolerated, littering is not allowed and the noise levels of generators and music at night are expected to be non-intrusive.

For more information about the ride, contact Dittmar at 830-279-8897, Hatch at 830-688-9898, Rodriguez at 210-313-0087, or McComas at 210-381-9130.