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Santa Fe Trail Ride

February 15-22, 2014

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. 
 
 

History:

 

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.. 

Registration:

The 2014 trail ride marks our 11th 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:

Rodeo Association: 
Linda Rhodes, Kermit Wendland, Frank Craddock,
Justin Jonas, Fayrene Craddock, Tom Thompson
 
Committee Members: 
                                                                                           Co-Chairman
                                                                        Lynn Donaho       &          Tabitha Baker 
                                                                                              Trail Boss
                                                                                           Kristie Herring 
                                                               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 

Contact Information:

 
Mail: 
Santa Fe Trail Ride
c/o San Angelo Stock Show & Rodeo Association
200 W. 43rd St
San Angelo, TX 76903
 
Phone
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
 
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