The TTPA will be participating in the 2020 Stock Show All-Western Parade in Fort Worth on January 18th, 2020.

If you are interested in participating, you MUST complete a Liability Release form and return it to Tracy Mattern before November 23rd.

The PDF of the Liability Form is available here:

http://trinitytrailriders.org/Resources/2020StockyardParadeLiabilityForm.pdf

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.
Sincerely,

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 (www.careflite.org) 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:
TTPA
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.
Time:
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.

Gallery Snippets
Heading out Cooling off in the shade Tom Eberhart, Mike Churchill, Joan Myrthue, and Berdine Eberhart East Fork Ribbon Ceremony Taking a break at Collin Park Out on the trail
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