Blazin’ trails was once a way of life for pioneers as they headed west, carving out pathways and following their dreams. Even cowpokes laid a course while herding their cattle to market.
The trails were riddled with danger: rough, almost impenetrable terrain; killer storms or deadlier drought; wild animals…and even wilder humans. Yet those who prevailed passed on a legacy of courage and a love for adventure.
Generations have passed and it’s no longer necessary to blaze a westward trail. But modern-day trail rides–and a chance to relive the legacy–have endured. Just ask any cowgirl or cowpoke: west is best.
Beginning Saturday, January 25, riders will once again saddle-up for the Western Heritage Week-Long Trail Ride, sponsored by the W&L Riders.
A prelude to the 75THAnnual Southwest District Livestock Show & Rodeo, the trail ride begins in Gueydan and culminates on Thursday, January 30, with the Western Heritage Rodeo Parade in Lake Charles.
The parade begins at 4pm at LaGrange and Patrick streets, travels south on Ryan and ends at McNeese Stadium.
Trail riders continue into Burton Coliseum, which is a highlight of the week-long event, according to Lee Adams Landry, who founded W&L Riders in 1986.
TRAIL RIDE Registration forms and a fee of $20 per person are due at the beginning of their ride. The fee covers the necessary permits to ride within city limits. Participants can join at any point, even as late as the morning of the parade, as long as other riders have not resumed riding the trail, said Glenn Daigle, trail boss. Riders will not be allowed to join the ride in the city of Lake Charles.
Registration forms and copies of the participant rules are available at Patton’s Western Wear in Lake Charles, and Rabideaux’s Sausage in Iowa.
For more information on the Western Heritage Week-Long Trail Ride, call Blaine Crochet at (337) 802-4879.
2014 Western Heritage Rodeo Parade Grand Marshal
Easily recognized after more than 50 years in front of either a television or movie camera, most notably toting a gun, Taylor is renowned for his art, which celebrates the heritage of the American West.
To commemorate the 75th anniversary of the Southwest District Livestock Show and Rodeo, which is being held January 30 through February 1 at Burton Coliseum, Taylor has designed a watercolor for the annual poster.
Taylor will also join the festivities as Grand Marshal of the parade, which begins at 4pm on Thursday, January 30, at the intersection of LaGrange and Patrick streets in Lake Charles. He will also sell his art and sign autographs during intermission at the rodeo later that night.
The Western Heritage Rodeo Parade begins at 4pm, Thursday, January 30, at LaGrange and Patrick streets, travels south on Ryan and ends at McNeese Stadium.
Participation in the parade is free and open to organizations throughout southwest Louisiana. For more information, call Blaine Crochet at (337) 802-4879.