Trail Ride Benefits Saint Jude Hospital

Horse owners from all over Texas and out of state came to Big Sandy for a special charity trail ride. Riders converged on Big Sandy's Alert Academy to do what they love to do best -- ride. They were riding to raise money for St. Jude Children's Research Hospital in Memphis, TN. Most belonged to the Tyler area chapter of Cowboys for Christ, but some came a long way to help out.

"One lady from Iowa has been planning this all summer long. She made sure she was going to have time off to come down to be here the whole week just to ride one day, but she brought a pocket full of money from Iowa when she came," said event organizer Richard McAfee.

They got pledges from hundreds of people who sponsored them on a 10-mile trail ride.  "This is our first annual ride and its a joy we've had such a good turnout for our first ride," said Tyler rider Shelly Jones.

The event gave some the chance to prove they're more than just cowboys.  "For me it's dispelling that myth of guys and horses and wanting to ride them on the weekend. It's for a good cause and I'm meeting a lot of new friends," said Conroe rider Ken Luning.

More than 50 riders took part in this weekend's event.

Bob Hallmark reporting,