The History of Southwest Trail Riders Association
The Wagon Boss’ Association was formed to address the concerns of the membership within the Southwestern Trail Riders Association. Originally there were nine (9) wagons. The first meeting was held on July 25, 1989. The Elected Officers were:
President - W. O. Ballard
Vice-President - Gene Loving
Secretary - Lewis Hightower
Assistant Secretary - J. C. Blake
Treasurer - Beatrice Bartie
Assistant Treasurer - Sherman Simple
Business Manager - Helen Moses
Chaplain - Clifford Williams
Sergeant-At-Arms - Leroy Bartie
After four (4) years of struggle, the Southwest Trail Riders Association was established. In 1993, Alex Prince became the first President of the newly formed Southwest Trail Riders Association.
In 1997, the Southwest Trail Riders Association was sanctioned by the Houston Livestock Show & Rodeo. At that time there were fourteen (14) wagons. Presently, there are sixteen (16) wagons and pending memberships.
Our goals are to perpetuate the heritage of the Black Cowboy, to stimulate and maintain the interest of horse lovers, promote goodwill, camaraderie, and to support youth though our scholarship program.
The Southwest Trail Riders Association participates in trail rides, rodeos, and educational interests and community service activities.