The Ghostriders became the official rodeo drill team of Texas when Governor Rick Perry signed House Concurrent Resolution No. 136 on June 15, 2007.
H.C.R. No. 136
HOUSE CONCURRENT RESOLUTION
WHEREAS, The Texas Legislature has customarily recognized a variety of symbols as representations of the rich cultural heritage and natural history of this state; and
WHEREAS, From the days of the Plains Indians and the earliest Spanish ranches, Texas has been a realm where expert horsemanship has held a place of distinct honor; today, many of the equestrian skills that have played such a crucial role in the state's history are honed by adults and children alike for exhibition at rodeos and other riding competitions; and
WHEREAS, The Ghostriders are a group of youth and adult riders whose mission is to keep alive the spirit of the Old West; formed on August 4, 2001, this nonprofit organization consists of three units, the Ghostriders Rodeo Team, the Ghostriders Youth Team, and the Texans; based at Canton, these teams perform at rodeos, parades, equestrian competitions, and other special events around the state; and
WHEREAS, Open to riders of all skill levels, the Ghostriders enjoy a warm, close fellowship while training to a very high standard; though established less than a decade ago, they have already won numerous awards, including the U.S. Equestrian Drill Competition national championship, the state rodeo drill team championship, and the youth drill team championship; and
WHEREAS, In addition to fostering exceptional horsemanship and providing outstanding family entertainment, the Ghostriders have played a constructive civic role through their sponsorship of a scholarship and their honoring of community heroes at rodeos where they have appeared; and
WHEREAS, At the present time, the Ghostriders enjoy partnerships with the Texas Ranger Hall of Fame, as well as with the Choctaw, Chickasaw, Cherokee, and Pawnee Indian nations; and
WHEREAS, Nearly 500 years have elapsed since horses first splashed through the surf and onto Mexican soil with the conquistador Hernando Cortes; during that half millennium, the animal became essential to many cultures in Texas, and the horse and rider emerged as one of the iconic images of the Lone Star State; through their deftly executed and heart-quickening performances, the Ghostriders evoke the ineffable bond that has joined countless riders and their mounts, while conjuring up the myriad feats these pairs have accomplished across the centuries and the vast expanses of this storied land; now, therefore, be it
RESOLVED, That the 80th Legislature of the State of Texas hereby designate the Ghostriders as the official Rodeo Drill Team of Texas.
The Ghostriders were named the official rodeo drill team of the State of Texas by House Concurrent Resolution and is not, therefore, listed in the Texas Statutes.
Only a few of Texas' myriad symbols were actually adopted by an act of the legislature and written into the Texas Statutes.
Flynn, Dan. The State of Texas. Texas State Legislature. House Concurrent Resolution No. 136. Austin: The State of Texas, 2007. Web. <http://www.capitol.state.tx.us/BillLookup/History.aspx?LegSess=80R&Bill=HCR136>.
The Ghostriders: Official website.
Drill Fever: Showcasing the sport of equestrian drill team.
More symbols & emblems: Complete list of official Texas state symbols from NETSTATE.COM.
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