Thousands of trail riders travel historic route to Houston Rodeo

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Thousands of trail riders travel historic route to Houston Rodeo
Members of the Sam Houston Trail Ride make their way down a highway in Tomball, Texas, Tuesday, Feb. 23, 2016. More than 3,000 riders from 13 trail rides will converge in Houston Friday as part of the Houston Livestock Show and Rodeo. The riders will take part in the downtown rodeo parade on Saturday. (AP Photo/David J. Phillip)
Sam Houston Trail Riders ride toward Spring Creek Park in Tomball, Texas, Tuesday, Feb. 23, 2016. More than 3,000 riders from 13 trail rides will converge in Houston on Friday as part of the Houston Livestock Show and Rodeo. The riders will take part in the downtown rodeo parade on Saturday. (AP Photo/David J. Phillip)
Billy Pope, left, and Zane Brown rest after a day of riding Tuesday, Feb. 23, 2016, in Tomball, Texas. They are part of the Sam Houston Trail Riders riding from Montgomery, Texas, to Houston. They will join more than 3,000 riders from all directions, including Louisiana and Mexico, for the Houston Livestock Show and Rodeo Downtown parade on Saturday in Houston. (AP Photo/David J. Phillip)
San Houston Trail Ride Boss Earl Blackmon, left, shares a laugh with assistant boss Bruce Fraysur Tuesday, Feb. 23, 2016, in Tomball, Texas. More than 3,000 riders from 13 trail rides will converge in Houston on Friday as part of the Houston Livestock Show and Rodeo. The riders will take part in the downtown rodeo parade on Saturday. (AP Photo/David J. Phillip)
Jayse Baker, 3, waves as the Sam Houston Trail Riders arrive in Tomball, Texas, Tuesday, Feb. 23, 2016. The trail riders are making their way toward Houston for the Houston Livestock Show and Rodeo Downtown Rodeo Parade on Saturday. (AP Photo/David J. Phillip)
Members of the Sam Houston Trail Ride make their way down a highway in Tomball, Texas, Tuesday, Feb. 23, 2016. More than 3,000 riders from 13 trail rides will converge in Houston on Friday as part of the Houston Livestock Show and Rodeo. The riders will take part in the downtown rodeo parade on Saturday. (AP Photo/David J. Phillip)
Julie Coombs walks horses across the camp Tuesday, Feb. 23, 2016, in Tomball, Texas. Coombs is part of the Sam Houston Trail Ride heading toward Houston for the Houston Livestock Show and Rodeo parade on Saturday. (AP Photo/David J. Phillip)
Assistant trail boss Bruce Fraysur laughs during a break in the Sam Houston Trail Ride on Tuesday, Feb. 23, 2016, in Tomball, Texas. More than 3,000 riders from 13 trail rides will converge in Houston on Friday as part of the Houston Livestock Show and Rodeo. The riders will take part in the downtown rodeo parade on Saturday. (AP Photo/David J. Phillip)
Jack, right, and Jill drink water after arriving with the Sam Houston Trail Riders to overnight at Spring Creek Park in Tomball, Texas, Tuesday, Feb. 23, 2016. The mules pull one of the wagons in trail ride which is headed to Houston for the Houston Livestock Show and Rodeo parade on Saturday. (AP Photo/David J. Phillip)
Sam Houston Trail Ride trail boss Earl Blackmon talks with fellow riders at a campsite in Tomball, Texas, Tuesday, Feb. 23, 2016. Blackmon is leading more than 100 riders along the trail as they make their way to Houston for the Houston Livestock Show and Rodeo parade on Saturday. (AP Photo/David J. Phillip)
Members of the Sam Houston Trail Ride make their way down a highway in Tomball, Texas, Tuesday, Feb. 23, 2016. The five-day, 70 mile ride will end in Houston on Friday and the riders will take part in the Houston Livestock Show and Rodeo parade on Saturday. (AP Photo/David J. Phillip)
Sam Houston Trial Rider Bill Chapman walks to get a bucket of water Tuesday, Feb. 23, 2016, in Tomball, Texas. More than 3,000 riders from 13 trail rides will converge in Houston on Friday as part of the Houston Livestock Show and Rodeo. The riders will take part in the downtown rodeo parade on Saturday. (AP Photo/David J. Phillip)
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More than 3,000 riders on horseback and in wagons are taking to Texas roads this week to follow 13 different trail rides on their way to Houston.

The five-day, 70 mile ride will converge on Friday as the riders will take part in a parade on Saturday leading up to the Houston Livestock Show and Rodeo.

The annual spectacle will then open on Tuesday and run through March 20.

Trail Rides Kick Off Houston Rodeo


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