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Trail ride through Tomball draws crowd, despite rain

February 20, 2019

Despite the wet, cold morning, visitors lined up at Tomball’s depot on Tuesday, Feb. 19, to await the Sam Houston Trail Riders.

Lisa Prins, from Tomball, and her daughter Ellie, 3, were both bundled up in raincoats on the edge of the depot to be among the first to see the horse-drawn wagons and riders.

“This is our first trail riding experience and we are very excited. (Ellie) loves horses right now,” Lisa said.

Behind them, line dancers stood in formation before moving forward and side to side along with the music.

Other visitors at the depot were covered in plastic ponchos and jackets waiting for the trail riders’ procession through Tomball on the to the Houston Livestock Show and Rodeo.

Jessica Skinner, from Cypress, also attended the event for the first time with her son Abraham to see the riders arrive.

“I grew up in Michigan and I don’t know what the whole trail ride is about. I’ve never been (to the rodeo) actually, but this year, it’s on my list of things to do. This year, I want to check it out. I’ve been harassed enough by my local friends to make the trek and do it,” she said.

The year, the rodeo is scheduled to take place from Monday, Feb. 25 to Sunday, March 17 at NRG Park.

As part of the Sam Houston Trail Riders, sisters Taylor Tilton Rahm, 10 and Kallie Tilton, 15, arrived on horseback after starting their day at 8:30 a.m.

“It’s really cold,” Taylor said of the wet weather.

After their stop in Tomball, the entire party of wagons and horses continued on to Spring Creek Park.

Kallie said the annual ride is a tradition in which her siblings, parents and extended family all participate.

“I like that we all get together as a family. We get to spend time together,” she said.

The group will join other trail riders in a parade in downtown Houston on Saturday, Feb. 23.

mayra.cruz@chron.com