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Saddle Up with Airport Rangers for Great Cause


May 3, 2011

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  Participants can choose rides ranging from 10 miles to 50 miles on Saturday, May 14.
The Houston Airport System Airport Rangers will saddle up to raise money and awareness for the St. Jude Children’s Research Hospital with a major equestrian event.

The IAH Airport Express & Endurance Ride will be at George Bush Intercontinental Airport (IAH) on Saturday, May 14 and Sunday, May 15 with a total of six rides.

Each day will include an organized 10-mile fun ride, a 25-mile ride and a 50-mile ride.

“The Houston Airport System is excited to help St. Jude Children’s Research Hospital by sponsoring the first IAH Airport Express and Endurance Ride,” says Ronnie Pickard, Director of Strategic Customer Relations. “We hope this event brings awareness to the research needed to find new treatments for cancer, sickle cell and other catastrophic diseases.”

The 25 and 50 mile rides will be directed around the busy airport, using the same trails that the Airport Rangers patrol everyday to ensure the safety of IAH customers.

“Riding the Bush Intercontinental trails is an amazing experience,” says Darolyn Butler, Cypress Trails owner and Airport Ranger. “We find ourselves waving at the planes one minute and the next, feeling so remote in the thick brush and foliage in the trails. The fact that you are riding and supporting a security system is just icing on the cake.”

There are three ways to participate in the ride – donate directly to the IAH Airport Express & Endurance Ride, donate to a participant of the ride or register to become a participant of the ride. For those that do not have access to a horse, you can still volunteer or watch the ride from the sidelines.

Registrants can sign up as late as the evening before or the morning of the event, just as long as the veterinarian has time to clear the horse for the ride.

For more information on the event and how you can participate, please visit
About the Airport Rangers

Since 2003, mounted security patrol known as the Airport Rangers have increased the security of IAH. They are made up of volunteers that ride their horses along the perimeter of the 13,000 acres of IAH.

In return for keeping an eye out for and reporting any suspicious activity in the area, equestrians have a pristine location, including wooded trails to ride and the airport has extra eyes and ears in areas that most security patrols cannot easily access. 
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