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CC trail riders saddle up for SA Stock Show & Rodeo

By Judith Pannebaker

The Cowboy Capitol Trail Riders’ Association started down the road to the Alamo City - and its San Antonio Stock Show and Rodeo - on Saturday, Jan. 26, and they’re still on the trail.

Hittin’ the trail

On the evening of Friday, Jan. 25, cowboys and cowgals - along with their cayuses - gathered at Mansfield Park on Highway 16 North before heading out the next day at 9 am. One week later, on Saturday, Feb. 2, the trial riders will make their grand entry into the rodeo arena, with 2008 Trail Ride Queen Monica Smith at the head of the contingent.

The first leg of their journey took riders from the park to the Tarpley VFD on FM 470; the next day, Sunday, Jan. 27, they wended their way to the Dixie Dude Ranch on FM 1077. Other stops along the way included sojourns at Bandera Downs on Highway 16 South and Triple H Equitherapy Center, 791 Backhaus Road, in Pipe Creek.

Continuing down Highway 16, the trail riders made camp at Schott’s Taxidermy on Highway 16 and PR 37 on Wednesday, Jan. 30. The next evening they bivouacked at VFW Post 7108 on FM 1560. Tomorrow evening, Friday, Feb. 1, after their last day in the saddle, the riders will camp in Helotes at the Lions Club on Highway 16.

The next morning, Saturday, Feb. 2, everyone - riders and hosses - will be trailered to the San Antonio Stock Show and Rodeo campsite at the AT&T Center where they’ll do the Cowboy Capital of the World proud by participating in the grand entry to the 59th annual San Antonio Stock Show and Rodeo.

This year’s trial boss, Scott Hester of Comfort, is assisted by Joel Hodges and Mark Mimms.
‘Saddlin’ up for St. Jude’

Unwilling to pass up a good time - or the chance for another trail ride - members of the Cowboy Capitol Trail Riders’ Association will be “saddlin’ up for St. Jude” on Saturday, March 1, during a cause close to the heart of member Vince Anderwald.

The fundraiser, which includes activities for the whole family, will take place from 10 am until dark at the Rockin’ A Ranch on Interstate 10 in Harwood. Proceeds will benefit the St. Jude Children’s Research Hospital that serves over 300 local children with cancer. Activities include dinner, door prizes, hay rides, pony rides, a trail ride, face painting, barrel races, pole bending, kiddy train and moonwalks, among others. Although the activities are horse-centric, participants are advised “no riding skills are necessary.”

A trail ride begins at 10 am, and the dinner bell starts ringin’ at 4 pm. Raffle tickets for a Registered American Quarter Horse and a handmade quilt cost $25 each.

Although there is no entry fee, a $20 donation is requested, with kids ages seven and under admitted free.

For directions or more information, call Anderwald at 830-857-4886 or Helen Hults, 210-379-9197. Rain date for the fundraiser is Saturday, March 8.