Help Guide the Development of Lake Lavon

(Deadline for Comments is April 10,2015)

The US Army Corps of Engineers, who control the land around Lake Lavon and the lake itself, is in the process of updating their Master Plan for Lavon Lake. The Master Plan is a long-term guidance document which will help to guide the development and conservation efforts for the lake and the surrounding property for the next 25 years.

The Corps is soliciting input from the community about their concerns and desires for the Lake to help steer the development of the Master Plan. You can help the Corps and the TTPA by filling in the Comment form and getting the information back to the Corps during the Public Comment period which ends before April 10th.

These comments will become part of the Public Record, and the Corps takes this input very seriously. Help have your voice heard about the development of the lake, the lands, and the trails around Lake Lavon.

How Can You Help?

First and foremost, fill out a comment form and send it in before the deadline. Let the Corps know about your love for the Trinity Trail and Lake Lavon, how you use it for horseback riding and hiking, and how you would like to insure that the Trinity Trail is protected.

Provide feedback via their Comments Form. This form can be emailed or mailed to the address on the form.

In addition, use FaceBook, email, phone, word of mouth, etc. to encourage others who love the Trinity Trail to also provide their feedback.

How Can You Help Get the Word Out?

Welcome Donna Carmickle, TTPA’s New Membership Chair

The TTPA is blessed with wonderful volunteers who devote their time and energy to help maintain our wonderful trail. Without the volunteers there wouldn’t be a trail on which to ride or hike.

In December 2013 Lynda Parker stepped down from Membership Chair. The TTPA would like to thank Lynda Parker for her years of service, and we hope to see her on the trail.

TTPA reached out to Donna Carmickle to fill the position and Donna has agreed. Donna was officially voted into the position at the TTPA Board meeting on Jan 14th.

Donna and her husband Bill are long-time members of the TTPA and Donna has served in various positions on the Board in the past. They are avid trail riders and are active members of the community. The TTPA is excited about the energy Donna brings and her ideas on getting the membership more involved.

Please welcome Donna Carmickle as the new TTPA Membership Chair. The TTPA is lucky to have her.

Sad News From Lucas – Horse Shot in its Own Pasture New Year’s Eve

The following is a letter the TTPA received about a crime that occurred at a pasture along Trinity Trail sometime New Year’s Eve. We feel that it is important to get the word out about the killing of an innocent filly. The hope is that someone with information will come forward. The horse was in a pasture on Holy Oak in Lucas with two other horses. Please notify the Collin County Sheriff’s Department at 972-547-5100 if you have any information.

Greetings Horse Lovers,
We need YOUR help solving a crime. My name is Jill Page and I am writing to you to share a horrific event that took place in the quiet little town of Lucas, TX. On New Year's Eve Night between 2:30pm on December 31st, 2013 to 10:30am the following morning a baby horse was shot at point blank range in its own pasture. The horse was found by the caretaker of the 3 horses the next morning (the owners were on vacation). The caretaker noticed only two horses of the three in the pasture when she came to feed on the morning of January 1st. The caretaker then saw the young 9 month old Mustang/Quarter horse cross filly's lifeless body in the far end of the pasture. The caretaker called her mother to come with her to check the filly. They found the filly, Jade, deceased.

The mom then called me (Jill Page) and I came over right away. We were trying to figure out what happened to 9 month old filly because she had been very healthy the night before. When we rolled her over we saw that she had been shot with a gun in her left side near the girth area. The bullet entered where her heart and lungs are located. Local police were immediately called and came out to investigate the killing. Police suspect the filly was shot with a 22 gun at point blank range (thus eliminating the theory of a hunter's stray bullet). The killing appears to be intentional.

It is with great sadness that we share this story with you, but we want everyone to know that it happened. We are asking for help to find witnesses to the killing or if anyone has information that will lead us to who shot the filly, Jade. PLEASE Contact the Sheriff. We are praying for justice.

Jill Page

To reiterate, if you have any information on this crime, please contact the Collin County Sheriff’s office. Our sincerest condolences go out to Jade’s owners and to friends who loved her.

It’s Time to Renew TTPA Membership

When you pay your 2019 TTPA Membership dues of $35.00 it includes CareFlite ( insurance for your entire household for the year 2019. If you renewed your dues for 2019 before the end of January, 2019, CareFlite is automatically renewed. You do not need to fill out another form unless the information you originally sent to CareFlite has changed. If your information has changed, let Sharon Berryman know and she will send you a new CareFlite form.

Want to pay online? You can do that now. See our How to Join page for the donation links.

Otherwise, mail your dues to:
C/O Sharon Berryman
#2 Woodview Ct
Lucas, Texas 75002

We’ll be heading north from Highland Park Trailhead to trim cedar trees and repair cracks in the trail.

Where – Highland Park
When – 9am, Saturday, Nov 9
What to bring – loppers, chain saws, trash bags, shovels, and gloves.

TTPA Halloween Fun Day and Parade- Sat 26 Oct 2013

Kids and Costumes are great fun!

Dig out your costumes for you and your horse, it’s time for some Halloween fun!

Saddle up and attend the City of Lucas events with the TTPA on Saturday October 26, 2013.

TTPA will celebrate a Halloween Fun Day in conjunction with the City of Lucas Founders Day Fall Fest.

Join fellow horse riders for some Halloween Fun. TTPA will ride in the Lucas Founders Day Parade (in costumes) and enjoy the day’s festivities.

TTPA will hold a horse and rider costume contest starting at 10 AM in the parking area behind Lucas City Hall. Create your best horse & rider costume and have a chance at winning prizes from both TTPA and the City.

TTPA Costume Contest Divisions are: Youth, Adult and we will have special awards at the judges discretion for other divisions (could be things like most authentic, most original, most comic, etc).

Here are the details:

When: 26 October – Saturday
Where: Meet at Lucas City Hall and Pavilion, 665 Country Club Road, Lucas TX – This is the NEW Lucas city hall building.
10 AM TTPA Costume Judging-Young, Adult, Judges Special Awards
11 AM Parade Lineup
12 AM Founders Day Parade
1-4 PM Complimentary burgers, hot dogs, chips and drinks
Stick Horse Rodeo
Bounce Houses and Local Community Booths
Pony Riders & Petting Zoo
New!!! Pie Contest – bring your best pie for judging and prizes!
New!!! 4-H Chili Cook-off
New!!! Raffle of a 42″ Sanyo TV – to benefit Parks and Open Space Capitol Fund

4-5 PM Trunk or Treat Halloween Tailgate Event
Treats for all and Prizes for Best Costumes
Bring your spooked out vehicle

This should be a fun day for everyone.

There will be a Charity Poker Ride at Brockdale Park Trailhead on June 8th benefiting the Throwaway Ponies Horse Rescue & Therapy Riding organization. Come out for a ride, collect the cards for your poker hand, and help raise funds for this local charity.

Throwaway Ponies - Helping Horses.  Healing Hearts.

Where: Brockdale Park Trailhead in Lucas, TX.
When: June 8, 2013 10am check-in, ride out at 10:30am

Prizes awarded for best hand:

  • 1st Place: Endurance Saddle valued at $400
  • 2nd Place: Private Training
  • 3rd Place: Gift Certificate for feed

Other Information:

  • Current Coggins REQUIRED at check in
  • $25 donation (a hand)
  • Complimentary drinks provided
  • Lunch provided at completion of ride

Ride “Pardners”:

  • Trophy Nissan
  • Anchor Fabrication
  • Horse and Rider – McKinney, TX
  • Bark Harpst & Ron Steele
  • Mitchell’s Feed – Royce City, TX

How you can help:
Download and print a poster announcing the ride and help get the word out.

St. Patrick’s Day is in March and to celebrate the TTPA is planning a “Wearing of the Green” ride.

DATE: Saturday, March 23, 2013
TIME: Ride out at 2pm
LOCATION: Brockdale Park Trailhead

Come celebrate the Wearing of the Green and put some miles on your horse by joining us at Brockdale for our March Ride. Wear green or be prepared to get pinched.

Remember to bring your current Coggins test results for each horse, a chair to sit on, and dress warmly, because it’s usually chilly in the evening, even in March!

Update: The trails were reopened after New Years day, but have been closed again.

On Jan 9 2013 Charlie Gaines, Trail Steward for the Trinity Trail, closed the Brockdale and Highland Park Trail Heads due to muddy trails. The trails will likely stay closed for at least a couple of days after the rain clears out, since the cold temperatures will limit drying. Please check back here for an update, and check the TTPA Trail Status Page for trail conditions.

December 2012 Holiday Parades – Horse Riding Opportunities

The Holiday Season is upon us, and along with the Holidays come holiday parades. Tracy Matern has put together a list of the Parade details for the 2012 season. There are often multiple cities having parades the same day (and sometimes at the same time). The parades likely to have higher participation from TTPA members are flagged with red stars.

Tracy also offers a couple of tips:

We decorate with Christmas garlands and bows and with battery operated lights for the night parades. The rule we enforce the most is “Please do not speed up to go back to your trailers after the parade…no trotting, cantering, etc. as this has resulted in accidents and injuries in the past.”

Save some “Parade energy” for the Fort Worth Stock Show Parade on January 19th. It is the largest all-equine parade in the world.

Also take a look at the Parade Riding Tips on the Trinity Trails Blog site.

Please let Tracy know if you plan to attend any of these by email at or via home phone at 214-495-7493 or cell phone 214-392-2288.

We will need a utility vehicle or golf cart (or the Gator) to pick up poop for some of these parades. If you (or perhaps a non-riding spouse) would like to volunteer to help out, please coordinate with Tracy. This is a two person job: one to drive, and one to scoop, preferably with trade-outs.

Pooper Scooper requirements are indicated under the parades that require it (so far Melissa, Wylie and Allen). Last year, Brian Collins of McKinney Stables and a friend were a huge hit with the crowd. Brian drove a golf cart and his friend scooped the poop on the fly with a shovel and placed in a muck bucket in the back. They weaved in and out of the different horse groups and seemed to be having a great time. We can borrow the TTPA gator but we need a couple of volunteers to drive it.

Uniform: TTPA T-Shirt or Sweatshirt; black pants, black hat. Black pants and a solid red shirt will work in a pinch.

Decorations will be available for the horses including parade blanket covers but you can bring red bows, Christmas Garlands for around the breast collar and saddle, and battery operated lights for the night parades.

Please make sure your horse is ready for all the sights and sounds of a parade. Some of them are intense.

**The parades we are targeting for TTPA.

Saturday, December 1

Rockwall Judging 8 AM Start 9 AM
Theme: “Through the Eyes of a Child”
$20 & Registration Form-can register and pay on-line by Nov 19th
For late registration, call 972-722-6001
Contact: 972-722-6001
Route: Old Downtown Square behind Courthouse
Start at Caruth; goes south on Goliad to the square
People have told me this parade is becoming less and less horse friendly and therefore less safe.

**Melissa Line Up 9:30 Start 10 AM
Theme: “Christmas Melodies”
$5 Entry Fee & Entry Form by 11/29/12
Must have “pooper scooper vehicle”
We need two banner carriers. We have a new banner that is smaller and easier to carry.
We need someone to pickup and transport the TTPA Gator and trailer and one person to drive it and one person to poop scoop as you go along.

Whitewright Line Up 8:30-9:30 AM Judging: 9:30-10:00 AM Start 10 AM
Theme: Ribbons, Bells & Bows
Contact: Cathy Pierce at the Whitewright Chamber of Commerce
Staging: American Legion Hall
Route: North up Bond and West on Grand

Josephine Staging: 10-11 AM Start Noon
Contact: Police Chief Daniel Jacobs – 214-229-8901

**Van Alstyne Start 2 PM
Theme: “An Old Fashioned Hometown Christmas”

**Wylie Staging begins 3:30 PM Judging 4:45 PM Start 5:30 PM
Theme: Festival of Light
Contact: First Baptist Church of Wylie
Debra Tobolka, Administrator to Missions Pastor
Phone 972-442-2261
Fax 972-442-6154
Action Item: Called re staging as last year was difficult.
We need someone to pickup and transport the TTPA Gator and trailer and one person to drive it and one person to poop scoop as you go along. Shovel, broom and muck bucket will be provided.

Need two banner carriers. We have a new banner that is smaller

Sunday, December 2

**Allen Staging begins at 11 AM.
Line Up 1:30 PM
Start 2 PM

Theme: “A Season of Giving”

I plan to be there at noon. Bring a lunch and decorate with us.
Send registration form and $50 11/26/12

Staging for horses is in the gravel parking lot on the right hand side of the intersection of Cedar and Rivercrest. Enter the area from Exchange Parkway and turn south on Cedar Street.

We need someone to pickup and transport the TTPA Gator and trailer and one person to drive it and one person to poop scoop as you go along. Shovel, broom and muck bucket will be provided.

Need two banner carriers. We have a new banner that is smaller and easier to carry.

Call Bryan Collins at 214-244-7777 the day after Thanksgiving

December 6 (Thursday)

Denison Start 6 PM Line Up 5 PM
Contact: Denison Area Chamber of Commerce
Phone: 903-465-1551
Fax: 903-465-8443
Entry Form
Staging: On Crawford Street
After registering, they will send us a line up position
No entry fee; cash prizes

Saturday, December 8

** Anna Start Noon
Line up info will be sent to me a week before
I plan to get there at 10 AM

Theme: “Where the Magic Begins”
Staging is usually in the Anna High School southside parking lot on Hwy 5
Confirm: Info: Sara Cox 972-924-8533 or

Flower Mound Start 10 AM
Route: From Eaton Drive to Marcus HS
Staging: Doublecheck….Marcus High School, 5707 Morris Road
Registration form due________________; no fee; non-cash prizes
After registration form is received, they will send additional information the first week of December
Doublecheck: Contact: Kimberly Cheek at the Town of Flower Mound
Phone: 972-874-6276
Fax; 972-874-6471
Horses are allowed, but none have signed up for 2012 as of 26 November.

**Royce City Staging & Check-In 4-5 PM, Start 6:30 PM
Theme “Texas Christmas on Main Street”
Staging is …….call last year was on Front Street
Contact: Royse City Chamber of Commerce
Parade questions to
Send registration form to address on form by 12/01/12

**Farmersville Line up begins 4:45 PM Start 6:30 PM
Theme: “Frosty Flakes of Farmersville Fun”
Contact: Farmersville Chamber of Commerce
Phone 972-782-6533
Fax 972-782-6603
Email to
Staging by the old cotton mill

Blue Ridge Staging 6 Pm Start 7 PM
Staging at Blue Ridge High School, Business 78 and CR 504
Theme “————————————-”
Contact: Tanya, City of Blue Ridge 972-752-5791

Saturday, January 19

**Fort Worth Fat Stock Show Parade Start 11 AM
Contact: 817-877-2410
Registration and releases due by 12.31.12

Gallery Snippets
Heading out Relaxing Riding on Trinity Trail Taking a break at Collin Park afterride Out on the trail