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|Trail riders make yearly trek to Southern U|
Students at Winnsboro Elementary and Franklin Parish Head Start enjoyed a welcomed interruption to classes last Monday when the Bayou State Trail Riders visited their campus.
This is the sixth year the convoy of horses, buggies and covered wagons has passed through Winnsboro on its way to Southern University in Baton Rouge. Riders from other states join the group at different stops along the way to participate in the 7-day trip.
"We really enjoy stopping here in Winnsboro," trail boss Willie Davis said. "Your town is awesome and we are always well-received."
Participants left for the 100-mile journey from the Monroe Civic Center at 8 a.m. on April 11 and arrived in Baton Rouge for the annual AgCenter horseshow on April 16.
The BSTR camp overnight in Archibald, Winnsboro, Clayton, Ferriday, St. Francisville and Baton Rouge. They also make social stops at schools along the way, bringing a smile to the students' faces when they see the group of horses and riders on the school grounds.
In route, the wagon train is led by two mules, Pete and June, who both debuted their acting skills in the film, "The Great Debaters" starring Denzel Washington. The combination of mule-drawn buggies and huge Percheron mares along with an array of horses makes for quite the spectacle along side Hwy. 15
The group attended the annual horse show on the AgCenter campus in Baton Rouge, along with other special events Friday and Saturday.
The BSTRA also awarded scholarships to students attending Southern University. A presentation ceremony and reception was held for the riders and the students.