Panhandle Trail Riders Association Travel Rock Island Rail Trail to Prepare for July 4th Parade in Canyon | KAMR

AMARILLO, Texas (KAMR / KCIT) – If you were riding the Rock Island Rail Trail on Saturday, you might have seen a strange sight as the Panhandle Trail Riders Association prepared for the Canyon Chamber of Commerce Parade on the 4th July and help their horses get used to riding in town.

“We wanted to take this opportunity to take a ride around town where we could introduce the horses and expose them to things like bikers and car noise and people and dogs and concrete and through streets and all that” said Amy West, secretary of the Panhandle Trail Riders Association.

West said most of the trips they make are around the country on trails like Palo Duro Canyon.

Laura Sanders added that it’s great to have people to ride with who share your passion.

“It’s just nice to have people to ride with. Friends and family to get together and ride, ”Sanders said.

West added that the main function of the group is to keep riding as a fun and friendly activity for all.

“We help maintain the trails, we help organizations set up equine therapy and horse learning programs, whether it’s the Crown of Texas Arabian Horse Club literacy program or the Local horse rescues or therapy programs for autistic children and veterans returning from foreign wars, ”West said.

West said the association is always open to new members and adds that sharing equestrian culture and knowledge with others really motivates the group.

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