CAVALCADE
Horseback Trek

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The Cavalcade is an epic 2-5 day High-Adventure horseback Trek that is without equal.  Summer rides are typically 5 days on trail while Fall / Spring rides can be 2-3 day.  Riders travel each day down scenic rugged trails, through rocky canyons, up and across rhyolitic mountains and frequent a number of notable landmarks, scenic vistas and spring fed swimming opportunities as they travel to their next  nights’ encampment. Cavalcade riders experience the absolute best of the Davis Mountains (Sky Islands) from up in a saddle.  

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The Castle atop Forbidden Mountain

REQUIREMENTS:
Cavalcade crews consist of 8-12 riders (minimum 10 paid). For rides including youth, adult leadership must be provided. The ride may be coed if adult female leadership is available. Many crews adopt riders from other troops/crews before their arrival in order to meet the 8-12 rider requirement.


All riders MUST be in good physical condition, earned the horsemanship merit badge or equivalent training (training is available), weight less than 225lbs (dressed to ride), and be thirteen years of age or older by check-in. All riders will be required to pass an equestrian skills test before being allowed out onto the trails. Each rider must also bring a current Medical form, with all information complete, signed and approved by a physician. All riders must also complete the BTSR Cavalcade Hold Harmless, BTSR Liability Release, and the Texas Nature Conservancy (TNC) Usage Agreement with appropriate signatures (Treks cross onto TNC property over the course of the week).

SCHEDULE:
Your Wranglers will greet you at check-in. A brief orientation, medical check, and weigh-in will follow. Training begins that evening, right after supper. The trek will be discussed at this time and any questions / concerns can be addressed.  A gear shakedown will also be done at this time.

Training will continue past dusk down at the corrals. Where a tour of the tack room, introduction to the herd and a basic tack-up demo will occur. Your cavalcade will meet again the next morning at the corrals, 5:30 am to feed, and resume training.(personal gear is unneeded until after breakfast)
 

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Coming down switchbacks off of Saddle Gap

Don’t be late!

Saddling, packing, knots, riding, bridling, grooming, and many other skills will be taught and re-demonstrated the first part of the day (watch the tutorial videos at the bottom of the page so that these lessons are mostly review!)
If all goes well, the Cavalcade should hit the trail by early afternoon.

Over the course of a week, riders can cover a rugged 30 – 45 miles horseback, starting at an elevation of 4400 ft and topping out at over 6400 ft. Cavalcades change camps daily and the group will be expected to pitch in with chores at each night’s stop.
 

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Riding from mesa to mesa

Your wrangler can tell you all about the history and ecology of the Davis Mountains as you travel along the trail. When the horses are resting, there are hiking / swimming opportunities. Days will be full of riding and exploring so sleep will come easily to most.  Your wrangler stays in touch with Headquarters by radio, and receives daily weather reports. Emergency vehicles, the BTSR Search and Rescue Team (SAR); and qualified medical personnel are on call 24 hours a day. Every cavalcade wrangler is trained in First-Aid and keeps emergency supplies close at hand at all times.

All riders are expected to pitch in to accomplish necessary camp chores and to follow the leadership of the wranglers. Self-discipline is expected; the Scout Oath and Laws will be the rule of the camp.

 

The summer Cavalcade returns to Headquarters late Friday morning in time for the picnic lunch, a dip in the pool, and a much needed shower before campfire.
 

FEES
The fee for the Cavalcade Program covers all food, program supplies, and a qualified staff. See the Summer Camp page for current pricing information or call our office at 432-570-7601
GEAR & EQUIPMENT
BTSR will provide well trained guides (Wranglers), tack (saddle, bridle, saddlebags, etc), cookware, shelter, food, and ALL riding and/or pack animals. Riders must supply their own bedding, clothing, rain gear, and water bottles (see packing list below). Participants may bring their own saddle and/or saddlebags, though all equipment must be approved through the Cavalcade Director. Personal gear is only carried by a riders’ mount, weight and bulk must be minimized. Keep it simple and keep it light, BTSR Wranglers will perform a shakedown to ensure that gear is appropriate and sufficient.

 

TRAIL PACKING LIST

NECESSARY INDIVIDUAL EQUIPMENT
  • Long-sleeved Shirt

  • Short-sleeved Shirt*

  • Long Durable Pants, properly fitted

  • Underwear & Socks (x2)*

  • Ball Cap or Crushable Hat*

  • Stout Boots or Shoes you can hike in. (Well worn!)*

  • Leather Gloves

  • Small Flashlight or headlamp

  • 2-1 liter narrow Water Bottles

  • Pocket knife or multi-tool

  • Rain Gear (Close fitting, not floppy)

  • Bandana or neckerchief

  • Personal Medications

  • Blanket Bed Roll

OPTIONAL INDIVIDUAL EQUIPMENT

  • Camera

  • Cell phones

  • Toothbrush

  • Pocket hammock

  • Camp Map

  • Snacks that don’t melt

  • Hand Soap/Towelettes

  • Bug repellent

  • Toothpaste

  • Sunscreen


CAVALCADE WRANGLERS CARRY

  • Comprehensive First Aid Kit

  • Radio

  • Horseshoeing Supplies

  • Leather & Sewing Kit

  • Trail Saw

LEAVE IN CAMP

  • Billfold & valuables

  • Uniform

  • Changes of clothes

  • Shampoo, conditioner

  • Towels

  • Extra Shoes

  • Deodorant


DON’T BRING

  • Privately owned horses

  • Sheath Knives

  • Floppy rain gear

  • Radios, iPods or noise making devices

  • Thermarests / Sleeping Pad

  • Unrollable Bulky Sleeping Bags

  • Bladder type water canteens

*ALL RIDERS MUST WEAR RIDING HELMETS*

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Saddle stacking after a day's ride