The TTPA 2011 Christmas Party is scheduled for Friday, December 2, 2011. We have made reservations for 60 at the Plano Outback Steakhouse, but if you plan to attend, you should call in YOUR reservation details so they can be sure that 60 is enough. Here are the details:

TTPA Christmas Party

Friday December 2nd, 2011
6:30pm – 11:00pm

Outback Steakhouse
509 N. Central Expressway, Plano, TX
(just north of 15th Street on the southbound Access Road of Central Expressway, aka US 75)

(972) 516-4100


Special: 6oz. Centercut sirloin.
Temp of Steak (choice): Rare, medium-rare, medium, medium-well, well done

Chicken on the Barbie: special BBQ sauce

Atlantic Salmon: 7 oz. Seasoned and grilled salmon fillet

All entrees are served with your choice of two sides OR a side and a soup/salad.
Choice of House Salad, Caesar Salad or cup of Potato Soup

Dressings: Ranch, Blue Cheese, Honey Mustard, Mustard Vinaigrette, Tangy Tomato or 1000 Island

And Choice of:
Baked Potato, steamed vegetables, green beans, garlic mashed potatoes

Cheesecake with chocolate or raspberry sauce or carrot cake

According to Jamie (Manager at Outback): The kids menu will be accepted! Kid’s Menu prices start at $4.99

Please call them and tell them:

  • TTPA Christmas Party
  • Your Name
  • The number of people in your party

The cost will be $15.00 per person + $1.00 for desert. Tax and 18% Gratuity is NOT included. All checks will be separate and alcohol is not included in the price of the meal.

We will be having a Gift Exchange, so if you would like to participate, please bring a pre-wrapped gift valued at $20.

This would be the perfect opportunity to pay your Dues for 2012, so bring your checkbook as well. In addition to supporting the TTPA projects, membership in the TTPA also includes a monthly newsletter, details about area rides, and FREE CareFlite insurance. Check out our FAQ for more information

Support Local TTPA Member Val Delana

Val Delana and her horse Little Miss Thundercloud will be on HRTV and on the ACHTA Web Site on 15 November for their turn in America’s Favorite Trail Horse.

Once the episode is over, the public has 48 hours (until Thursday at 8PM Central) to go to the ACHTA Web Site and vote.

Please help them win this honor !

Val Delana & Little Miss Thundercloud
Finalist #241 in America’s Favorite Trail Horse
On HRTV, and Tuesdays at 7PM Central
Episode #10 on November 15

Vote for Little Miss Thundercloud

December 2011 Holiday Parades – Horse Riding Opportunities

Update: The Wylie parade scheduled for 3 December has been canceled due to weather and will not be rescheduled. Allen will make a decision on their parade by noon Sunday.

The Holiday Season is upon us, and along with the Holidays come holiday parades. Tracy Matern has put together a list of the Parade details for the 2011 season. There are often multiple cities having parades the same day (and sometimes at the same time). The parades likely to have higher participation from TTPA members are flagged in red.

Tracy also offers a couple of tips:

We decorate with Christmas garlands and bows and with battery operated lights for the night parades. The rule we enforce the most is “Please do not speed up to go back to your trailers after the parade…no trotting, cantering,etc. as this has resulted in accidents and injuries in the past.”

Save some “Parade energy” for the Fort Worth Stock Show Parade. It is the largest all equine parade in the world. Last year, four of us rode in it and we had a fantastic time.

Also take a look at the Parade Riding Tips on the Trinity Trails Blog site.

Please let Tracy know if you plan to attend any of these by email at or via home phone at 214-495-7493 or cell phone 214-392-2288.

We will need a utility vehicle or golf cart to pick up poop for some of these parades. If you (or perhaps a non-riding spouse) would like to volunteer to help out, please coordinate with Tracy.

Pooper Scooper requirements are indicated under the parades that require it (so far Melissa, Wylie and Allen). Last year, Brian Collins of McKinney Stables and a friend were a huge hit with the crowd. Brian drove a golf cart and his friend scooped the poop on the fly with a shovel and placed in a muck bucket in the back. They weaved in and out of the different horse groups and seemed to be having a great time. We can borrow the TTPA gator but we need a couple of volunteers to drive it.

November 19

Watters Creek Lighted Carriage Parade
Start 6 PM
Line Up 5:30pm
We stage in the parking lot just off the west side service road south of Watters Creek and Bethany Street

December 1 (Thursday)

Start 6 PM
Line Up 5 PM
Contact: Denison Area Chamber of Commerce
Phone: 903-465-1551
Fax: 903-465-8443
Entry Form on-line by Friday, Nov 18
Staging: On Crawford Street
After registering, they will send us a line up position
No entry fee; cash prizes

December 3

Start 9 AM
Theme: “My Favorite Christmas Movie”
Registration Form
Contact: 972-722-6001
Route: Old Downtown Square behind Courthouse

Start 10 AM
Theme: Sleigh Bells Ringing
$10 Entry Fee & Entry Form (already paid and sent)
Must have “pooper scooper vehicle”
(there is also a Holiday Bazaar at Melissa High School from 11am-4pm)

Van Alstyne
Start 4 PM
Theme: “A Reason for the Season”


2 Dec Update: Rainout decision will be made at 3pm. Contact Tracy for results after that time. If canceled, the parade will not be rescheduled for this year.The parade has been canceled.

Start 5:30pm
Staging 3:30pm
Judging 4:45pm
Theme: Festival of Lights
$25 and entry form by 11/23/11; prizes
Contact: First Baptist Church of Wylie
Debra Tobolka, Administrator to Missions Pastor
Phone: 972-442-2261
Fax: 972-442-6154
(Wylie Arts Festival also starts at 10 AM)
They would like us to have a pooper scooper vehicle.

Start 5:30 PM
Judging: 5 PM
Line Up 4-5 PM
Theme: Santa’s Workshop
Contact: Cathy Pierce at the Whitewright Chamber of Commerce
Phone: 903-364-2000
Staging: American Legion Hall

December 4

2 Dec Update: Rainout decision will be made by noon Sunday
Start 2 PM
Last year needed pooper scooper vehicle

December 10

Flower Mound
Start 10 AM
Registration form due December 2; no fee; non-cash prizes
After registration form is received, they will send additional information the first week of December
Contact: Kimberly Cheek at the Town of Flower Mound
Phone: 972-874-6276
Fax: 972-874-6471
Action item: Make sure they allow horses

Royse City
Call for Start Time
Contact: Royse City Chamber of Commerce
Phone: 972-636-5000

Start: 3pm
Staging: 2:15pm
Contact: Police Chief Daniel Jacobs
Phone: 214-229-8901

Blue Ridge
Start 7 PM
Staging 6:30 PM
Theme “Christmas Movies”
Contact: Danna Amaya, Water Secretary, City of Blue Ridge
Phone: 972-752-5791

Start 6:30 PM
Theme: “A Very Frosty Christmas”
Contact: Cynthia Clark at the Farmersville Chamber of Commerce
Phone 972-782-6533
Fax 972-782-6603
Staging by the old cotton mill

January 14

Fort Worth Fat Stock Show Parade
Start 11 AM
Contact: 817-877-2410

5 Horses Stolen

On the night of Wed Nov 2, 2011 5 horses were stolen from the Southern Arkansas University in Magnolia, Ark. The trailer they were stolen in was found in Oklahoma.

The horses stolen were:
Grey mare 15.1 hands
Buckskin Mare 14.3 with black and silver mane
Black Gelding with a Rocking M brand and blaze face
Sorrel Gelding with a Rocking V on left front Shoulder branded with a backwards L and a K Black Mare

If you have information please call Ty Lester 501-454-5774.

You can read about the theft at

If you want to put up a flyer on the missing horses, you can download a pdf with pictures at

Please be on the alert and report any horses matching the descriptions. Time is critical.
Gallery Snippets
Horse watering hole Heading out Shelly Enjoying lunch Quiet sleeping horses - Gypsy and Chester are happy to snooze while Steve and Debbie visit Watering horses after a ride