Hill Country trail riders continue 1,300-mile tradition

The Ol' West is alive on dusty trail

HILL COUNTRY – Annual trail rides is a tradition that takes place throughout south Texas to kick of the San Antonio Stock Show and Rodeo.

According the rodeo's website, more than 2,500 riders will take part in 11 trail rides, which cover over 1,300 miles of land.

This is year marks the 50th year since the Hill Country Trail Ride began, and it's different than other rides because they're shorter and the rider can rest longer at night.

"It is so laid back, slow, easy going, no rush, take out time," said Carolos Benavidez who joined up with this ridefour years ago.

This year the riders cover 95 miles in six days a lot of miles in a short amount of time which means over the years they have become a pretty tight nit group.

"This trail ride particularly, were one big family, everybody watches everybody," said Marty Jones, the trial boss for the last eight years.

Jones was asked if there is anything better than riding through the Hill Country, his answer was simple, 'no'.

She has been the trail boss for the last eight years and tries to keep it as traditional as possible, especially when it comes to the food.

Their cook, Tim Swan, has been fixing up the grub everyday on the ride for the last 20 years. He grills any thing from steaks and fajitas then adds dessert like Dutch oven cobbler.

"They are easy to please and I guarantee none of them leave here complaining," Swan said.

Hard to complain with good food, good friends, family and horseback riding.

"This is what Texas is all about," Swan said.

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