Thursday, February 14, 2013

Cracker Trail Ride to create cross-state cattle drive for 26th year - Full Article

February 13 2013


MANATEE -- David and Megan Reed began taking part in the cross-state Florida Cracker Trail ride 11 years ago, retracing the Florida cattle drives of more than 100 years ago from Manatee County to Fort Piece.

David Reed saw it as a way to build his relationship with his daughter, at that time a Haile Middle School student.

It would also build self-reliance, perseverance and responsibility, he said.

"It can be a very difficult ride. It is can be a endurance ride rather than a trail ride. The weather can be drenching wet, cold, muddy, or dry and dusty," he said.

All that time in the saddle and camping at ranches across the state can also build enduring friendships.

For the 26th year, the Florida Trail Ride sets off at 8 a.m. Saturday from Kibler Ranch off State Road 64 in East Manatee...

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