On Tuesday, March 6, more than 100 riders of all ages will make their way through the Hill Country on horseback and vintage wagons. The 112-mile trail ride will cross 40 cattle guards as they ride through more than 20 Hill Country ranches, including the historic LBJ Ranch on RR 1, before arriving at Yett Memorial Park. The ride will head out from Fredericksburg to Luckenbach, then Stonewall and Johnson City, and will arrive in Blanco late Tuesday afternoon. The cowboy church in Fischer will then host the riders on Wednesday before they continue to Wimberley and Driftwood at the end of the week.
The trail ride will be arriving in Blanco on Tuesday around 3:15pm, right around the time high school students let out. The ride will parade through the Blanco square and will be escorted by the Blanco Police and Sheriff’s Departments to Yett Park.
Riders and guests will be hosting the Blanco Chamber of Commerce monthly mixer this year. All Chamber members are encouraged to attend dinner, and enjoy door prizes and live music on stage. There will be a special drawing for Chamber members. Dinner cost is by donation.
A special Mexican dinner and entertainment are planned, which will benefit the Blanco Rodeo Association. Dinner will begin promptly at 6pm. Riders and the local community will be served by award-winning chef Barby Harris O’Brien and her staff. The menu will include enchiladas, Mexican rice, and cowboy beans. Barby will be presenting her prize-winning salsa with her famous home-fried tortilla chips. There will be lots of homemade cakes for dessert.
Members of the Blanco Rodeo Association will host a team roping exhibition in the arena beginning around 7pm (weather permitting). Come out to watch expert horsemen skillfully rope these amazing steers. Admission is free, but donations will be accepted.
The raffle items and door prizes came from the Lowe’s (Super S) grocery stores in Blanco and Johnson City. Other items related to horsemanship have been donated by Odiorne Feed and Ranch in Johnson City, and 290 Fence and Triple S Feed of Dripping Springs. Sunset Veterinary Clinic in Dripping Springs has donated an animal first aid kit. Other raffle items include 15 hand-crocheted blankets, valued at $200 each, and a variety of crocheted neck scarves and hats, plus lots more gift items. A special crocheted Texas Star Flag blanket, donated by Monica Harris of Hondo, will be auctioned after dinner.
The trail ride will continue Wednesday, March 7, with a 6am cattle call. A cowboy breakfast will be served until 9:30am and is open to the public. Hot, homemade biscuits and gravy, cowboy coffee, and breakfast tacos will be hot and ready! Cost for this breakfast is your generous donation.
Around 9am, riders will then mount and depart, proudly displaying the U.S. flag as they ride out the gates of Yett Park. Their ride will cross Highway 281 to RR 32, with an escort by the Blanco County Sheriff’s Department, Blanco EMS, and Police Department, as they head toward their next stop in Fischer.
For more information, visit www.texasstartrail.com, or call 888-840-5072 or 512-825-6284.