The Bill Pickett Trail Riders educates and entertains all ages and nationalities on the western and Creole heritage of Southeast Texas and Louisiana. They teach everyone that Bill Pickett was a real African American that created the “bite’m style dull dogging” known today in rodeo as “steer wrestling.”

Bill Pickett was a real African American that created the “bite’m style dull dogging” known today in rodeo as “steer wrestling.”
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Bill Pickett was a real African American that created the “bite’m style dull dogging” known today in rodeo as “steer wrestling.”

Beaumont, Texas ( – The Bill Pickett Trail Riders are hosting their 10th Annual Trail Ride, Zydeco Festival and Rodeo. It will be held on June 13-15, 2014 at Laday’s Arena 7400 Boyt Rd., Beaumont, TX. This is a Pre-Juneteenth Celebration for the whole family celebrating our western and Creole heritage.

Celebrate our western heritage with a trail ride down the county roads of Jefferson County. This reenactment starts at the camp grounds with cowboys and cowgirls camping out, preparing for the ride on Saturday and heading down the dirt trails. The trail ride consists of mule drawn wagons, party wagons, and horse riders while listening to Zydeco, the music of the Creole heritage. Trail Ride leaves the camp at 3:00 pm on Saturday, June 14, 2014.

Beaumont is 45 miles from the Louisiana border that bridges the two cultures together. The food, lifestyle, music, and culture cross over between both borders. It is a very unique lifestyle that only exists in Southeast Texas and Louisiana.

Friday, June 13th opens with Cupid and Chris Ardoin & Nu Step. Saturday, June 14th the trail rides leaves camp at 3:00pm heading down the dirt roads. After the trail ride Lil Jabb and The Zydeco Soldiers, Baldenna, Brian Jack & The Zydeco Gamblers perform and closing is Lil Nate & The Zydeco Big Tmers.

Saturday, June 15th, there is a “Racking Horse Show” starting at 10 am. There are three classes, $10 per horse; Speed Racking Tennessee Walker, Speed Racking Standardbred and Speed Racking American Saddlebred. For additional information contact: Roderick DeVaughn 832-621-7602. Also, there will be a calf roping and bull dogging at 2:00 pm.

On Sunday, a full rodeo includes: calf roping, bull dogging, ladies steer undecorating, ladies barrel racing, bull riding and team roping as the main events; Mutton Bustin and calf scramble for the kids. Entertainment includes J. Paul Jr. & The Zydeco Nubreeds. For more information on the rodeo contact Acynthia Villery 832-398-1425 or Stephanie Haynes 713-253-3334.

The event will be promoting “Ridin’ N Red,” supporting HIV and AIDS awareness. The emcees and DJs inform patrons on stats regarding HIV/AIDs nationally and at the local level. There will be free testing for HIV/AIDS and Syphilis through non-profit organizations in Beaumont, TX. On Saturday, June 14th, free private HIV/AIDS testing will be available on-site with educational material.

Celebrity special guests appearance for the weekend include: Reginald T Dorsey, actor/director/cowboy from Hollywood, CA,; Garret Davis, actor/cowboy from Los Angeles, CA,; and Erica Dargin, 2014 BPTR Rodeo Queen and 2014 Seagram’s Gin Calendar Cover Girl. They will be there over the three day weekend riding, taking pictures, interviewing, etc.

Also, the BPTR will honor Living Legends: T 90 (Trail Ride), The Haynes’ Family (Rodeo) and Brian Jack (Zydeco).

Gates open at 12:00p.m. daily and you can Zydeco all night until 2:00 am. Tickets start at $20 Adults Weekend Pass, Children (ages 6-12) Weekend Pass $5 or $13 Adult Day Pass. All patrons, riding groups, cowboys, cowgirls and bikers are welcome. Campers & RVs welcome (no hookups provided).

Web:, Contact: Acynthia Villery: 832-398-1425 or Marilyn Portier (vendors) Phone: 832-217-6935, Email:

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