And the weather still isn’t cooperating – too windy and too cold for being out in the open at Brockdale, so we’re cancelling.

The weather hasn’t cooperated for our rides this year, so let’s try it again for our last TTPA ride this year. We’ll have a short members meeting, get updates on the trail activities, gather nominations for Board positions, have a lunch/dessert, and rideout. Bring a friend or two, and come prepared to renew your membership for 2016!

When – Saturday, November 21, 2015 at noon
Where – Brockdale Trailhead
What to bring – chair, bag lunch, and a potluck dessert, plus a horse if you want to ride afterwards

Meeting/lunch at noon, rideout follows at 1pm.

With the very heavy rain, the Town has CANCELLED the Lucas Founders Day event, so there will be no parade.

• Lucas Founders Day parade, Oct 24, 2015
• Parade starts at NOON on Estelle Rd, next to Hart Elementary.
• Horse trailer parking (not for general parking) will be at Lucas Veterinary Hospital.
800 Country Club Rd (just to the south of Lucas Town Hall, on the opposite side of the road)
• Enter (and exit) using the Hospital driveway.
• Overflow horse trailer parking will be on the shoulder of Spurgin Rd, which is behind Hart Elementary.
• Park trailers (and support vehicles) in the field on the Hospital’s south side. Volunteers will be there to direct parking to use the space efficiently.
• Horse staging will be at 11:30am, in the grassy triangular area immediately in front of Hart Elementary School.
• TTPA costume judging will take place at 11am, ribbons awarded before 1130am. Categories to be determined by Judge(s).

Horse trailer parking will be at the Lucas Vet Hospital in a grass field, caution is advised if there has been heavy rain.
Parade participants are encouraged to register, especially if they wish to compete in the Founders Day Costume Contest. The registration desk will be in front of Hart Elementary, numbers will be handed out to registrants there. Here is an online link to the form if you wish to fill it out ahead of time.

Severe inclement weather may cause the parade to be cancelled. Please check this site before heading out.

After the spring rains lifted the lake level to record heights, the following drought lowered the lake back down to normal levels. But while the lake was flooded, all sorts of debris and trash were washed up and left at the high water mark, and are now littering the trail and the woods and fields next to the trail.

TTPA will celebrate National Public Lands Day by cleaning up trash on and next to the trail that was left by the lake flooding this past spring. If you bring the energy and willingness, we’ll supply the trash bags and dumpster to haul it all away!

When – 9am, Saturday, Sept 26, 2015, we’ll work till noontime
Where – Meet at Brockdale Trailhead
What to bring – gloves, bug spray, water and energy

Too much rain this week, the trails are too muddy…

We will rideout at 10am, heading north to the Sycamore
When – 10am, Saturday April 25, 2015
Where – Highland Park
What to bring – Bring your coggins! and a bag lunch

We’ll be meeting at Brockdale to have a member’s meeting and ride. This is an excellent chance to renew your membership, if you haven’t already, and to bring a friend who wants to join. We’ll be serving chili for lunch, so bring a chair for sitting and prepare to enjoy yourself.

As part of the member’s meeting, we’ll vote on nominations/renewals for the Board of Directors, and the Board will elect its Officers for 2015. We also hope to have a guest speaker on search and rescue tips.

When – Saturday, Jan 31, chili lunch at noon, meeting during and after lunch, rideout afterwards
Where – Brockdale Trailhead
What to bring – Checkbook for renewals or new members, chair for sitting, and Coggins for your horse if you are going to ride out afterwards

There is cold and then there is cold (and maybe rainy), so we’ve cancelled this ride. See you on the next one!!

We’ll be gathering at Highland Park and riding north to the Giant Sycamore tree.

Where – Highland Park trailhead
When – 10am, November 15, 2014 *CANCELLED*

Don’t forget the your horse’s Coggins, and be prepared to dress warmly!

On Saturday, September 27, our Giant Sycamore will be one of the National Public Lands Day projects. During the morning of the 27th, we’ll be moving the picnic tables, the sign board, and the hitching rails further from the tree base to allow the soil under the tree to recover to its natural state. We’ll also be spreading bark mulch under the tree to speed up the soil’s recuperation.

For this project, we’ll have permission from the North Texas Municipal Water District (NTMWD) to use their construction road to drive our vehicles down to Wilson Creek and park there. So instead of an 8-mile hike to reach the tree, it will now be only a short ¼ mile walk.
If you would like to participate in this project, please contact Duke Monson at duke.fhollow@earthlink.net or 214-422-2929 with the number of adults who will be coming, and if you can provide any of the following tools:

  • Shovel
  • Rake
  • Metal-tined pitchfork

If you can come, you’ll need water, bug-spray, long pants, long-sleeves, gloves, and a bag-lunch. We’ll start at 830am and hopefully be finished by noon. Duke will provide directions to the construction road entrance as you RSVP.

TTPA will bring chainsaws and some hand tools.

Where – NTMWD Construction entrance on Orr Road
When – 830am, Saturday, September 27
Directions from Highland Park trailhead – exit the trailhead and turn right on Snider Lane. Follow Snider Lane to the end, and turn right onto Winningkoff. Follow Winningkoff, through the stop sign at Blondy Jheune, and to the next stop sign. Turn left onto Orr Road. Follow Orr Road past the main entrance to the Wastewater Treatment plant, and turn right into the construction entrance (50yds past the main entrance).
Directions from US75 – exit onto Stacey Rd eastbound. Follow Stacey Rd until it ends at the light on Country Club Drive. Turn left onto Country Club and then turn right at the next light (you are now back on Stacey Rd). Follow Stacey Rd until it dead ends at a stop sign, turn right onto Orr Rd. About 1 mile south, you will reach the construction entrance to the Wastewater Treatment plant. If you reach the main entrance, you’ve gone 50yds to far.

With the rain coming down on Thursday and Friday, we’re cancelling the ride. Too muddy and slippery.

We’ll rideout at 10am, and enjoy meeting friends at the Giant Sycamore tree. (Brown bag lunch optional)

DATE: Saturday, September 13, 2014
TIME: Rideout starting at 10am
LOCATION: Highland Park Park Trailhead

Bring a brown bag for lunch at the Sycamore.

Remember to bring your current Coggins test results for each horse!

Our plans at the moment are to gather at the Brockdale Trailhead, and work on trail maintenance as needed. However, the plans may change, so please check this site for last minute changes.

Where – Brockdale Trailhead
When – 9am, Saturday, June 14
What to bring – bags for trash, loppers, chainsaw, long sleeves, and gloves

We’ll be having our first Moonlight ride of 2014!

DATE: Saturday, June 7, 2014
TIME: Rideout at or after sunset (8pm-ish?)
LOCATION: Brockdale Park Trailhead

Remember to bring your current Coggins test results for each horse! And flashlights? and Bug Spray!!! It may be warm, but we’ll see you there!

Gallery Snippets
Heading out Jack Gilstrap brushing his horse Lunch time East Fork Ribbon Ceremony Back from a ride Watering horses after a ride
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