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High Stepping in the Rodeo Parade

March 1, 2012

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The Airport Rangers were well represented in the 2012 Houston Livestock Show and Rodeo parade.
On a crisp Saturday morning, the sounds of cheers and the music from high school bands seem to serenade the Houston Airport Rangers as they made their way through downtown during the Houston Livestock Show and Rodeo parade.

While the festivities started at 10:00 a.m., it was an early morning wakeup call for the riders and the 12 horses including Powder, Sally, Razz and Argonne.

“We are one of the only airports in the country with dedicated volunteer rangers,” said Saba Abashawl, chief external affairs officer. “This was a great opportunity to highlight the contributions of this hardworking group.”

The Airport Rangers are made up of hundreds of volunteers who help monitor and patrol the thousands of acres located at George Bush Intercontinental Airport.

This year, almost a dozen Rangers gathered together for a different type of ride, this one through the streets of downtown Houston.

The rodeo parade spanned about 30 blocks and included more than 120 entrants, but you couldn’t miss the Airport Rangers with their three flags, sharp vests and blue bandanas.

“This is our eighth time in the rodeo parade and it just gets better,” said Josh Samic, Airport Ranger volunteer coordinator.

“My Arabian horse was feisty with lots of energy and was ready to move as soon as I got in the saddle,” said Darian Ward, Houston Airports' public information officer. “We had a few discussions along the route about who was in charge, me or Powder.”

Special thanks to Darolyn Butler and her team from Cypress Trails and the other Airport Rangers who are dedicated to Houston Airports and a Texas rodeo tradition. 
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