TTPA Annual Holiday Dinner – December 13, 2013

UPDATE: Due to the winter storm, we moved the party to Dec 13. Please resubmit the RSVP form so we have an updated headcount for 13 December.

TTPA will be hosting our annual dinner and Christmas party on Friday, December 13, 2013 at 7pm. The party this year will be a catered buffet dinner at the Collin College Spring Creek Campus Conference Hall (2800 E. Spring Creek Parkway).

Please visit the RSVP page (2013 Annual Party RSVP) to let us know you are coming.

We’ll be recognizing volunteer contributions, Volunteer of the Year, and some other new Awards. We’ll also be auctioning off two of the legacy Trinity Trail hat pins, followed by our popular Gift Exchange.

We’ve decided on a catered dinner this year after last year’s disappointing service in a restaurant environment for our number of attendees. This year, we’ll have plenty of room in the Conference Hall and, with a buffet service, we won’t be relying on an overworked wait staff.

When – Friday, Dec 13, doors open at 630pm, buffet opens sometime after 7pm.
Where – Collin College Spring Creek Campus Conference Hall (2800 E. Spring Creek Parkway east of US 75 in Plano, TX)
Cost – $15/person, please expect to pay with cash or check at the door
Menu (served buffet style):

  • Prime rib
  • sliced turkey
  • mashed potatoes
  • green beans almondine
  • grilled veggie salad
  • garden salad
  • chocolate layer cake
  • coffee, tea, or water

Gift Exchange – Bring a gift if you wish to participate ($15-$20 price range), or sit back and enjoy the festivities

Please visit the RSVP page (2013 Annual Party RSVP) to let us know you are coming.

The “B” in the below map marks the specific location of the Conference Hall.


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Conference Center Entrance (click for larger view)

We’ll be heading north from Brockdale to two of the culverts that have gotten badly blocked.

Where – Brockdale Park
When – 9am, Saturday, Oct 12
What to bring – mud boots, shovels, and gloves.

We’ll be having our second Moonlight ride of 2013! This time, in addition to the ride, we’ll also be having a first-aid clinic (for humans) presented by the Lucas VFD beforehand, with special attention to hot-weather maladies.

DATE: Saturday, August 17, 2013
TIME: Lucas VFD presentation at 730pm, rideout at or after sunset (815pm?)
LOCATION: Brockdale Park Trailhead

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

Our TTPA workday is timed to coincide with the National Public Lands Day workday, on September 28. We have 3 projects, repainting the pipe rails and picnic tables at each of the three trailheads. Afterwards, we’ll be having a cookout lunch at Brockdale Trailhead, followed by demonstrations by the Lucas VFD and the Blackland Prairie Raptor Center. We still need TTPA volunteers to lead each of the workparties at each of the trailheads.

Where – East Fork, Brockdale, and Highland Park Trailheads
When – 9am-11am at each trailhead, followed at 12noon at Brockdale for lunch and demonstrations
What to bring – old clothes to get spattered with paint!

Join our TTPA contingent for the Weston 4th of July Parade. The Parade starts a 10am, but assembly is earlier.

The parade staging area is near the intersection of FM455 and FM543 in Weston. Tracy Matern will be on hand at 8am with our parade blankets and decor. Judging is at 9am, so we’ll be there at 8am also to get our horses ready.

Dress (yes we have a TTPA parade style) is Red TTPA shirts, black pants, black hats. Red, white, and blue d├ęcor is optional!

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.

East Fork Trailhead got some loving attention last month, but still needs a good spring painting to finish the job!

When: Saturday, April 13
Time: 9 am
Where: East Fork Trailhead

We will meet at 9am at East Fork Trailhead and continue re-painting all the pipes and cables (in TTPA-white). We’re about 1/3 of the way done, so the end is in sight. We’ll provide the paint, brushes, and rubber gloves, you provide the energy! Do wear old clothes, suitable to be spattered with white paint.

We’ll also make a stab at picking up trash along Skyline Drive from the trailhead, time permitting. See you there!

25 years ago, in 1988, Trinity Trail was opened to the public for the first time. At that time, the trail ran from the East Fork trailhead in Wylie to the Brockdale Park trailhead in Lucas. It wasn’t an easy process to gain the necessary permissions, easements, agreements, and physically clear the trail, but those early Trinity Trail pioneers got it done. This Anniversary party is our attempt to recognize those Pioneers of Trinity Trail and acknowledge their efforts on our behalf. A lot has happened since 1988 (TTPA was formed, the trail has been extended to 25+ miles, and a new trailhead has been opened, amongst other accomplishments), but this isn’t a celebration of what has happened since 1988, but what happened before then. Without the efforts of those Pioneers, we wouldn’t be where we are today with the Trail.

Who are those Pioneers? Please join us and meet them and applaud them.

The party will be held at the Surrey House and Gardens in McKinney, on March 1, 2013, starting at 630pm with a buffet dinner, followed by speeches and the awards to those Pioneers. Please vist the RSVP page (25th Anniversary RSVP) to let us know you are coming.

Valentine’s Day is coming up and we are planning a ride!

DATE: Saturday, February 16, 2013
TIME: Ride out at 2pm
LOCATION: Highland Park Trailhead

It’s time to bring your significant other along on a trail ride! We’ll have a pot-luck afterwards in the pavilion, so bring enough for an extra mouth or two!

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 in February!

One more time to try and work on the trail north of Highland Park (weather permitting)

When: Saturday, February 9
Time: 9 am
Where: Highland Park Trailhead

We will meet at 9am at Highland Park and head north to clear overhanging branches on the trail, prior to the NTMWD plant.

We’ll need chainsaws, loppers, and trash bags. See you there!