Both horse owners, Lucy and Brad met at the trail ride through mutual friends a few years ago. Brad works for an agriculture company and is a rodeo clown on the side. Lucy farms and owns five horses near Alamo.
Each year, between 2,000 and 3,000 people attend the event, which has become more than just a trail ride. Now a four-day event, many people arrive early to secure a camping spot. Some people host their family reunions at the trail ride annually, and some attendees come from as far away as California.
Event organizer and horse owner Kathy Moore started the trail ride when she moved back to the area from Arkansas and realized that there were no St. Jude trail rides nearby. Thanks to organizers like Kathy, families never receive a bill from St. Jude for treatment, travel, housing or food —because all a family should worry about is helping their child live.
In its first year, the event raised $2,800, but it has grown and boasts some unusual entertainment, including a Horse Costume Contest, the Ultimate Cowboy Competition and the Cast-Iron Cook-off. Local musicians and country singers entertain in the evenings, and there are special speakers and live and silent auctions.
The weekend before the trail ride, Kathy hosts a pre-trail ride called the Buck Creek Iron Horse Ride — a motorcycle run for St. Jude — and a Buckaroo Ride, which includes ATVs, tractors and golf carts.
Kathy has visited St. Jude and is committed to continuing the trail ride as long as she can. “I wish everybody that comes to my trail ride could just take a tour there. It totally changes your perspective on life.”
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