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.

TTPA January Ride – 25 Jan 2014

We’ll be having our first ride of 2014! So dust off those horses and join us! Temperature is forecast to be in the 60s.

DATE: Saturday, Jan 25, 2014
TIME: 11am rideout
LOCATION: Brockdale Park Trailhead

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

Note: Some people have asked whether this is The Chili Ride. The Chili Ride was moved to Feb 15 and will now be a Chili Sweetheart Ride. The January ride will just be a trail ride and gathering. No food will be served.

Now it’s time for our annual Chili ride!!
(Note: Since the Berryman’s generously host the Chili Ride, we moved it to February to accommodate their schedule.)

DATE: Saturday, February 15th, 2014
TIME: Fine Chili dining starts sometime between 12noon and 1pm (when the Chili’s ready), official rideout afterwards!
LOCATION: Brockdale Park Trailhead

Please use this RSVP Form to let us know you plan to attend.

We’ll have a bowl or two of warm Chili and fixin’s for lunch and then those who are able to can rideout afterwards. Of course if you’d like a morning ride, you’re welcome to arrive early and head out – just get back in time for lunch!

Remember to bring your current Coggins test results for each horse and a chair to sit on!

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 (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:
C/O Sharon Berryman
#2 Woodview Ct
Lucas, Texas 75002

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 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.

We’ll be heading north from Highland Park to trim back the cedar branches where they have overgrown the trail.

Where – Highland Park
When – 9am, Saturday, Nov 9
What to bring – loppers, chainsaw, long sleeves, 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.

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.

Gallery Snippets
Firepit Jack Gilstrap brushing his horse TTPATrailer Joan riding Zegna Taking a break at Collin Park Tom Pollard relaxing after the ride