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Santa Fe Trail Ride and Wagon Train

Welcome Trail Ride Participants!

I hope all is well and trails have been good to you.

The first half of the ride will change beginning on the U Ranch in Sterling County approximately 10 miles north of Sterling City, TX off Hwy 87 N. Keep an eye out as trail ride signs will be posted. We will be on this ranch Friday and Saturday nights, with a day ride Saturday lasting approximately 15 miles. Sunday we make our way south and will be spending the night out on a ranch (don’t worry-it won’t be on the ground), then on Monday we travel to Water Valley across several ranches and some pretty rough country, arriving in for a two night stay at Harper Park.

There will be a day ride Tuesday with schools coming out and we will once again be having a raffl e & auction. All proceeds will go to the Chuckwagon Fund! We are working towards building a new chuckwagon that better suits our needs! Wednesday is a hard day like last year back across the divide on the way to the Albert Ranch with a trip down Junior Martinez hill again. This year’s ride is a little easier with daily mileage averaging around 15 miles a day, but it does contain some pretty rough spots.

No on the ground this year, no opportunity, but you may sleep on the ground any night you want. As always, we are working on an awesome menu, however, there may be a few lunches on your own, but we will have snacks available in the mornings for you to take with you.

Charlie Bowers is back as Trail Boss with Jerry Bynum and Jeff “Bull” Rutledge as assistants; three good men who know animals and equipment. Please give them your support and respect. As you know this is a demanding job.

This time of year we know you have your choice of rides.

We try to make ours as authentic with as much cross-country riding as possible. We know our ride is different from most in that we are trying to do it the way our ancestors did. It’s not for all folks, but as long as these great ranches let us we will continue to ride the trails.

May God be with you and keep you safe during your travels.

Until then, Happy Trails!

Lynn Donaho & Tabitha Baker

Trail Ride Co-Chairman



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. 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.

He assembled a group of volunteers and the work began. 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..


The 2018 trail ride marks our 15th 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 $150 per person. This is still a good deal. Where else can you eat 24 meals for about $6 per meal. It’s the support of our sponsors that help us keep the registration fees down as much as possible.

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:

Appreciation goes out to Rodeo Association
Linda Rhodes, Kermit Wendland, Justin Jonas, Frankie Schwartz, Tom Thompson
Trail Ride Committee
Lynn Donaho & Tabitha Baker
Trail Boss
Charlie Bowers
Assistant Trail Boss
Jerry Bynum
Contact Information
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 Chairman Lynn Donaho 325.277.0304
Trail Ride Co-Chairman Tabitha Baker 325.812.4208
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Contact Information:

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
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