Texas Independence Trail Ride Association Moving to Highland Bayou Park in La Marque
More than 150 participants to meet in La Marque, begin journey to Houston Livestock Show and Rodeo
La Marque, Texas, December 12, 2017 -- Beginning in 2019, Texas Independence Trail Ride Association plans to make Mac McGaffey Highland Bayou Park (HBP) the first stop on their seven-day journey to Houston’s Memorial Park as they participate in the statewide trail ride to Houston Livestock Show and Rodeo. Currently, the group leaves from Shenanigans in Texas City. According to Assistant Trail Boss and La Marque native Larry Myrick, the stabilized ground, paved roads and shelters at HBP prompted the move to La Marque.
“Highland Bayou Park is better for our rigs, offers easier access and is more convenient for our trailers,” said Myrick. “The trail ride is in February, so due to timing, we plan to start from Shenanigans for the 2018 Trail Ride. For the 2019 ride, we’ll set up camp at Highland Bayou Park. I was raised in La Marque and am looking forward to the new location in my hometown.”
Citizens of La Marque can still enjoy the 2018 trail ride. On February 17, 2018, the Texas Independence Trail team will travel down Texas Avenue on their way to Galveston County Fairgrounds at Jack Brooks Park.
Independence Trail 2018 Route through La Marque:
Leave Shenanigans; L on 34th; R on FM 1765; R on Willis; Break in vacant lot across from Wong’s Restaurant (2.7 mi); R on cut through road between Yamaha & Jack ‘n Box; R on Noble (before I45 feeder); L on Monticello; L into Park ‘n Ride for Break (6.1 mi); L out of Park ‘n Ride cross Delaney & Century; R on I45 feeder; L on FM 1764; L into Joe’s Feed Store for Lunch – enter 2nd driveway (next to Dillon’s Liquor) (9 mi); L on FM 1764; L on Ave L; R on 6th St. enter softball field for Break (11.2 mi); Leaving break – L on 6th St. L: on 11th St. (at “T”); R on Ave I; L on Hwy 6; L into Galveston County Fairgrounds/Jack Brooks Park
Myrick said there is still a chance Texas Independence Trail Association will start from Highland Bayou Park, but it depends on the weather.
“If it rains, we’ll go ahead and move to La Marque for the 2018 ride,” he said. “It’s tough to pull 150 trailers through the mud!”
The Texas Independence Trail Ride was formed in 1961. The group encourages families to ride together and are known on the trail as the “family ride”. Generations of families ride together every year and the annual event has become a family reunion of sorts. Texas Independence is a nonprofit organization that strives to stimulate, promote and encourage the love of horses, riding and good fellowship. Preserving Cowboy Heritage is a tradition of their ride, as well as encouraging participation in Houston Livestock Show and Rodeo. For information, find them on Facebook or firstname.lastname@example.org.
According to www.rodeohouston.com, the Houston Livestock Show and Rodeo Trail Ride started in 1952, when four men traveled on horseback from Brenham, Texas. Today, more than 3,000 trail riders partake in the tradition each year. Riders hit the trail in an attempt to recreate the Old West, and in doing so, find a common ground that links us all to the Rodeo.
Trail Ride Facts: