There’s just too much rain in the forecast (past and present). The trail hasn’t had a chance to dry out and it will stll be too muddy to enjoy hiking the trail. We’ll look at rescheduling this in drier weather.

TTPA and Lucas will be sponsoring a hiking event for Lucas residents. We’ll go north and south from the Highland Park Trailhead, north as far as the Highland Park boatramp, and south to the easement from Lakeview Downs back onto Corps land. See our Trail Map page on our website for a map of the area we’ll be hiking.

When – 9am, Saturday, May 4, 2024
Where – Highland Park Trailhead
What to bring – appropriate footware for hiking on a natural earth trailbed (it may be muddy), bug spray, water.

We’ll try this again, heading south from Brockdale to find new re-route paths. We’ll be diving into the woods, off the beaten path, to find our new routes.

When – 9am, Saturday, April 6, 2024
Where – Brockdale Park trailhead
What to bring – mud boots (it will likely be damp), long pants and sleeves, loppers, water

Educational Farrier Talk for the Horse Owner

Lucas City Community Room
Thursday, 4 April 2024
6-8 PM
Free to TTPA members and friends

Longtime TTPA member Shannon Cole Veloz will provide an educational talk on Hoof Care for Horse Owners.

Come join us for an education journey on hoof care. Shannon is a long time farrier with a holistic approach to hoof care combining farrier skills with advanced equine bodywork modalities.

Some of the topics she will cover are:
No hoof, no horse – learn about basic hoof care
Hoof anatomy – structure and function of the foot
When to call the vet vs when to call the farrier
Laminitis vs Founder
How to treat an abscess and thrush
Types of protection of the hoof

Bring your questions and get answers from a farrier who can speak “horse owner.”

Bio on Shannon:
Shannon Cole Veloz APF I, ESMT is a farrier, Equine Sports Massage Therapist and PEMF technician.
Shannon became a farrier after having problems time after time with farriers for her personal horses. Shannon has been a farrier for over 15 years and continually learns new skills by attending the International Hoof Care Summit each year starting in 2016 through 2024.
Shannon is a member of the International Association of Professional Farriers and is certified through the IAPF as level APF-I Modalities – PEMF Therapy; Equine Sports Massage Therapy; and, Kinesiology Taping.
Her goal is to help horses move and feel better and to have beautiful feet.
Contact information for Shannon: 945-333-0963 windriderequine.com or email velozshannon@gmail.com

Please make a note that this is on a THURSDAY evening – 4 April starting at 6 PM at the Lucas Community Center, 665 Country Club Road, Lucas Texas

2024 St Patrick’s Day and Dice Ride

Come have fun and raise money for TTPA at the Dice Run.

Saturday 18 May 2024
Highland Park Trail Head
Lucas, Texas

Bring $10 to play and we’ll match you up with compatible riders in groups of 4 or 5 to head out on the trail.

Everyone will each get 5 rolls of the dice to try to get the highest score, one at the start, 3 on the trail and the last one at the trailhead at the end. Bring your cellphone or paper and pen to take with you on the trail to record your scores.

Prizes for the highest score in each group, the highest score overall and for “snake eyes”.

We will also provide decorations for you and your horse to get in the spirit of St Patrick’s day!

Hope to see everyone on May 18 at 10 am at the Highland Park Trail head in Lucas!

Horse Trailer Maintenance and Chili Lunch – 24 Feb

Saturday, February 24
Brockdale Trailhead in Lucas, Texas

Horse Trailer Maintenance Presentation Learn what you need to know about tires, hauling and trailer maintenance. Towing calculations and considerations are demystified in this informative discussion.
Hosted by Marisa and Mike Firth.

Chili Lunch The Trailer Presentation will be followed by a delicious chili lunch hosted by TTPA’s Sharon Berryman. Sharon has become famous for her chili. Don’t miss this event.

Bring your appetite and and any questions you have about trailers.

We’ll go south from Highland Park, installing direction stakes and trimming as needed.

When – 9am, Saturday Feb 10, 2024
Where – Highland Park trailhead
What to bring – gloves, water, loppers

The weather forecast is too intimidating, we’ll postpone till next Saturday.

We’ll go south from Highland Park, installing direction stakes and trimming as needed.

When – 9am, Saturday Feb 10, 2024
Where – Highland Park trailhead
What to bring – gloves, water, loppers

2024 TTPA Annual Dinner Party
Saturday 13 Jan 2024
6 PM to 10 PM
Dinner at 6:30 PM

Join us Saturday, the 13th of January 2024 from 6:00pm to 10:00pm

Lucas Community Center
665 Country Club Road
Lucas, Texas 75002
(behind Lucas City Hall)

Cost: $30 per person (adults and teenagers). If you have child(ren) 12 and under attending, we can accommodate them at $15 per child (paying at the door).

Guest Speaker
USACE Ranger Jonathan Boyce will be giving a short presentation on the State of the Lake.

Gift Exchange
Bring a gift for the gift exchange, if desired. $20 limit.

Renew Membership
We will have a table to renew TTPA memberships. If you are interested in getting more active in TTPA this is a great time to start. We are always looking for new members to play an active role.

Meal will be served buffet style and is being catered by Redwine’s BBQ Eats and Sweets. Dinner menu is:

  • Brisket, Smoked Sausage, and Smoked Chicken
  • Sides: Potato Salad, Pinto Beans, and Mac and Cheese
  • Dessert: Peach Cobbler and Cookies

Please pay in advance for the dinner via the PayPal form below. You do not need to have a PayPal account to pay: you can still use your credit card.


Number Attending




Please include a head count in the PayPal Comments and/or contact Events Chair, Paula Walker, (via email) to let us know a head-count (even if not purchasing tickets online).

Hope to see you at the dinner!


Introduction to Endurance Riding

Saturday November 4, 2023
Brockdale Park Trailhead in Lucas, Texas
8AM to 2 PM


All horses (and mules) and rider levels welcome. This is NOT a race or timed event. Ride at your own pace.
TTPA Members ride FREE! Non-members ride fee is $35 which includes TTPA membership.

Join TTPA for a fun day of riding, food, and prizes!

8 – 8:30 Breakfast and registration. Email your registration ahead of time, to make registration faster for you and other participants.
8:30 – 9 Brief introduction to the fun and safety of Endurance Riding.
9 – 9:30 Demonstration of Endurance pre-ride veterinary exam.
9:30 – 10 Tack up your horse and line up for ride.
10 – 12 Ride a portion of beautiful Trinity Trail. Your choice or 5 or 10 miles.
12 – 12:30 Demonstration of post-ride veterinary exam.
12:30 – 1:30 Lunch, awards, and Q&A. Stay as long as you like to ask questions, or go back out for more riding!

Pre-register to receive additional raffle tickets for great prizes!

In case of rain or muddy trails, come without your horse. We’ll still have fun, prizes, and demonstrations. Covered pavilion. Please bring your own chair.

For more information, and to preregister (name, address, phone #, email, horse’s name) to Noel Freeman, agileboxer91400@yahoo.com. 972-658-8295.

Public Lands Trail Cleanup
Date: Saturday, September 30, 2023
Time: 9:00 am to 1:00 pm
Location: Highland Park Trailhead, Lucas, Texas

TTPA Supporters: This is your opportunity to GIVE BACK to the trail by supporting the Annual Clean Up Day. TTPA needs members to show up to show support and WEAR RED or your TTPA shirt!

The City of Lucas has so kindly sponsored TTPA for the Public Lands Trail Cleanup Day at Highland Park!

This event will celebrate the 30th anniversary of National Public Lands Day.

Since 1994, National Public Lands Day (NPLD) has mobilized volunteers on the fourth Saturday in September to celebrate and care for our nation’s public lands. NPLD is led by the National Environmental Education Foundation (NEEF) in partnership with the National Park Service. Public lands consist of parks, monuments, forests, grasslands, and lakes including Lavon Lake, the Trinity Trail, trailheads, and our parks here in Lucas.
To register as a volunteer for the Public Lands Trail Cleanup, please go to the Lucas City web site URL below to register. Lunch will be provided after the event for registered attendees. All volunteers will be provided free cleanup supplies including safety vests, gloves, trash grabbers and trash bags.

Register here: https://www.lucastexas.us/event/2023-public-lands-trail-cleanup/

Additionally, TTPA President Duke Monson (214-422-2929) needs 2-3 volunteers to help with the check-in desk at the event. Please contact him directly if you can help out.

Please attend and support your trail! TTPA Members please wear your red tee shirt to show support.

Gallery Snippets
Firepit Jack Gilstrap brushing his horse Kurt cooked an awesome lunch Relaxing afterride Watering horses after a ride
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