Texas Independence Trail Ride Association headed for Houston Livestock Show and Rodeo
More than 150 riders and wagons with Texas Independence Trail Ride Association will participate in a Houston Livestock Show and Rodeo trail ride, camping at Mac McGaffey Highland Bayou Park Friday, February 15, 2019, and traveling through City of La Marque Saturday, February 16, 2019. Spectators are welcome to park at La Marque City Hall, 1111 Bayou Road, or La Marque Public Library, 1011 Bayou Road, and watch the trail ride. Riders are expected around 9:30 a.m.
The tail ride continues through La Marque, Texas City, Santa Fe and Hitchcock on February 16:
- Leave Mac McGaffey Highland Bayou Park, 1991 Getty Road
- Right on FM 519 (Main Street)
- Left on Bayou Road
- Left on FM 1765 (Texas Avenue)
- Right on Willis
- Break in vacant lot across from Wong’s (2.7 mi)
- Continue down FM 1765 (Texas Avenue)
- Right on cut through between Yamaha & Jack ‘n Box
- Right on Noble (before I45 feeder)
- Left on Monticello
- Left into Park ‘n Ride for Break (6.1 mi)
- Left out of Park ‘n Ride, cross Delany & Century
- Right on I-45 feeder
- Left on FM 1764
- Left into Joe’s Feed Store for Lunch (9 mi)
- Left on FM 1764
- Left on Avenue L
- Right on 6th Street, enter softball field for Break (11.2 mi)
- Left on 6th Street
- Left on 11th Street (at “T”)
- Right on Avenue I
- Left on Highway 6
- Left into Galveston County Fairgrounds/Jack Brooks Park or overnight camp
The riders will travel all the way to Memorial Park in Houston by February 22 and will participate in the Downtown Rodeo Parade February 23 . According to Jeff Simpson, Lifetime Trail Boss with TITRA, the group is thankful La Marque has been so welcoming, and the riders are looking forward to camping at Highland Bayou Park.
“Thank you for the hospitality,” said Simpson. “We are grateful La Marque is supporting the heritage and legacy of this trail ride to the Houston.”
Texas Independence is a nonprofit organization that strives to stimulate, promote and encourage the love of horses, riding and good fellowship. Preserving Cowboy Heritage is a tradition of their ride, as well as encouraging participation in Houston Livestock Show and Rodeo. For information, find them on Facebook or email firstname.lastname@example.org.
About Mac McGaffey Highland Bayou Park: Highland Bayou Park is a 230-acre nature park in La Marque, Texas. It is home of La Marque's annual family-friendly music festival, Bayou Fest. Beginning in 2019, the park will be the first stop on Texas Independence Trail Ride Association’s ride to Houston Livestock Show and Rodeo. The park features playgrounds, canoeing, hiking, nature trail, bird sanctuary with bird watching, observation deck, tennis court, basketball court, horseshoe pit, shade shelters and bar-b-que facilities. Highland Bayou Park features a large parking area and public rental of the pavilion. The park is open from dawn to dusk, unless the city is hosting a special event. For information, visit parks.cityoflamarque.org.
About the City of La Marque: The City of La Marque is strategically situated in Galveston County, 15 miles south of Houston and four miles north of Galveston Island. La Marque is the second-fastest-growing city in the County with an estimated population of 16,000, an area of 14.25 square miles and boasting 14.3 miles of I-45 frontage—more than any other city in Galveston County. Citizens enjoy easy, breezy coastal living, abundant housing options and the security of a hurricane protection levee system. La Marque is a sportsman’s paradise and offers access to world-class medical, travel and entertainment options. Citizens and visitors enjoy Bayou Fest, an early fall concert series and BBQ Cook Off offering free family fun; Magical Winter Lights, a 52-day holiday lantern festival; and Crawfish Bash, an annual crawfish cook off that earned a Guinness World Record in 2017. For business, La Marque offers prime I-45 frontage, creative incentives, an abundance of commercial property, a budding downtown revitalization and build-to-suit opportunities. La Marque is the Gateway to the Gulf and the Hub of the Mainland. Discover the possibilities at www.cityoflamarque.org.