February 7-14, 2015
Welcome Trail Ride Participants!
For years everyone has suggested that we do more ranch riding and get off the highway. Well, here it is!!!
There will be ranch & county roads that are not maintained, washed out roads and in some cases no roads at all! There are two tough climbs on the Knight Canyon Ranch that takes us to the top of the divide along Hwy 158 in Sterling County, (where all the wind turbines are located). As the saying goes “Everything that goes up, must come down”, there is a decent off the divide leaving the 4D Ranch, that most likely will require great wagon brakes along with a long rope to help hold you back. Day 1 ﬁnds us with a very easy going route, while Day 2 will be a 19 mile trek across the Spade Ranch where we will have to cross the Colorado River and depending on the rain fall the river could either be a trickle or 50 feet wide. Day 3 is a very short day with only 10 miles, but is includes a very long steep climb that is on slick asphalt with no shoulders. We suggest borium shoes. This asphalt was used here because of all the oil ﬁeld trucks that use this county road to get back to several ranches. We may have to help most wagons up this hill, will just have to wait and see, but we will be prepared for whatever is needed.
Day 4 will be the toughest day on the ride. It’s 25 miles with no support vehicles following. Lunch/Snacks will be carried in one of the wagons. This day will be from can see to can’t see, it will be a beautiful ride up and down several valleys. BRAKES MUST BE IN GOOD SHAPE!!!!
Not wanting to scare anyone, but if your equipment and animals are not in good shape, you may have trouble on this wagon train. You may also want to include a spare tire or ﬁx a ﬂat just in case. We will have an air compressor available.
We know that some of you travel a great distance and spend a lot of money to ride with us and we are very grateful for this show of support. We look forward to this year’s ride and seeing each of you. We hope that you will join us for great views, superb grub, and lots of fellowship. May God be with you and keep you safe during your travels.
The San Angelo Stock Show and Rodeo was soon becoming one of the top rodeos in the nation. One of its goals is to provide scholarships to area youth in the ranching and farming industry, but it also provides more economic impact to San Angelo and the surrounding communities than any other single event. As it became a strong contender with the larger rodeos, the event began to expand in many directions.
One direction was in the idea of a trail ride. Trail ride co-chairman, Lynn Donaho, grew up in south Texas and remembers as a boy, the trail ride coming through town. Years later while serving on the rodeo committee, he approached Chairman Mark Duncan with the idea. Lynn thought this would be a great way to help promote the stock show and rodeo to the surrounding areas and to benefit the scholarship fund.
After several attempts, he was finally given the chance to bring it to life. He assembled a group of volunteers and the work began. Originally there was to be two trail rides. The Devil’s River Ride was to depart from Sonora, but unfortunately the ride was cancelled the first year due to lack of participation. At that point all attention was focused on the Santa Fe Trail Ride. It kicked off its inaugural ride in Coleman, TX on February 16, 2004 with just a handful of volunteers and participants. That first year proved that hard work and dedication, an idea can become a reality.
Over the previous 10 years we have become more of a family than a trail ride. From wonderful participants, who return year after year and bring along more friends, to wonderful sponsorships. WTU Retail Energy continues to be a major sponsor. Restaurants like Texas Roadhouse, Pepe’s Diner, Kenny Blanek Catering, Logan’s Roadhouse, Nacho’s and Turnrow Bar & Gril continue to provide wonderful meals to the ride. We hope that you will come and check out our ride..
The 2015 trail ride marks our 12th year doing the ride! Each year we strive to make the registration process as easy as possible and one way to do that is by registering early! By doing so, at time of registration all you have to do is show us your coggins information, pick up your welcome packet and pay the registration fee and you will be good to go! Payment by credit card will only be available for pre-registrations. Cash and/or check will be accepted out on the trail.
Due to rising cost of supplies, the registration fee has increased to $90 per person. This is still a good deal. Where else can you eat 24 meals for $90. It’s the support of our sponsors that help us keep the registration fees down as much as possible.
This year we will be offering a cash incentive to all wagon owners! For the first 20 wagons that register and ride at least 4 days, including the parade. We will give you a cash bonus.
You can open the attached file and fill out the necessary information and either email it to us or send it in the mail to the San Angelo Stock Show office.
Special Thank you:
Linda Rhodes, Kermit Wendland,
Justin Jonas, Tom Thompson
Lynn Donaho & Tabitha Baker
Assistant Trail Boss Wagon Master
Jerry Bynum Charlie Bowers
Curtis Alford Manda Alford Rachel Allbright
Kevin Archipolo Alegra Baker Belinda Baker
David Baker Gwen Baker Kenneth Baker
Tommy Baker Jack Borchers Sheila Cary
Clara Dodd Harvey Hufford Brandon Jost
Savanah Jost Guy Keeling Lilian Meredith
Ruben Metcalf Deola Mitts Jamie Mosley
Jodi Mosley George Nava Angelica Nava
Justin Nava Shelly Paschal Billy Penny
Geneva Penny Eric Perez Jana Perez
Jimmy Pounds Margaret Pounds Shannon Pounds
Terri Pryor James Quast Charles Rohmfeld
DeeAnn Rohmfeld Chris Rohmfeld Jeff Rutledge
Shane Sheppard Melissa Stapp Kimberly Stewart
Mike Umphress Lynn Virden Debi Wallis
Carla Yancy Teri Young
Santa Fe Trail Ride
c/o San Angelo Stock Show & Rodeo Association
200 W. 43rd St
San Angelo, TX 76903
Stock Show Office 325.653.7785
Trail Ride Co-Chairman Lynn Donaho 325.277.0304
Trail Ride Co-Chairman Tabitha Baker 325.812.4208
Trail Boss Kristie Herring 325.468.5012
San Angelo Stock Show & Rodeo Santa Fe Trail Ride