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Terri Folks, Associate Editor of Trail Blazer, from Edmond, Oklahoma, works tirelessly to help save our trails.


Would you like to see your horse group featured in this column? T en email trailsaver@trailblazermagazine.us with information and photos, and you too could receive national recognition as a Trail Saver!


Trinity Trail Preservation Association Continues Trail Improvements in Texas Established in 1996 as a non-profi t, all-volunteer trail preservation


association, the Trinity Trail Preservation Association (T PA) main- tains a 25-mile trail in Texas. T e trail around Lake Lavon extends from East Fork trailhead in Wylie, Texas in the south to Highland Park trailhead and beyond to the Giant Sycamore Loop to the north. T e main focus is to maintain the trail on Corps of Engineers land


and encourage hikers, joggers, nature lovers, photographers and trail riders to use the scenic multi-purpose trail. T PA also hosts fun events such as trail rides, cookouts, educational events and fund-raising activi- ties. T e organization works with area environmental groups, schools, scout troops and individuals to educate the public about parks, trails and recreational facilities in the north Texas area. T PA was formed when the original horse trail was about to be


closed to the public unless someone formed a group to take it over in 30 days. T us, equestrians came together and formed this association. T is group is regional and has about 260 members from all over the Dallas Metroplex. Funding has been from 50 percent matching grants awarded by Texas Parks and Wildlife, Collin County, cash donations from mem-


Providing lots of fun trail events, Trinity Trail Preserva- tion Association members ride along the trail during one of their work days.


Members of the Trinity Trail Preservation Association enjoy lunch together during one of their events.


bers, thousands of volunteer hours and the help and support of the Corps of Engineers, and the cities of Lucas and Wylie. Their latest improvements can be found at the Brockdale and


Eastfork trailheads. Both now have water and electricity, covered picnic tables and a round pen. For water conservation and to prevent vandalism, the water is locked. T e club is responsible for the water bill; however, they have provided water troughs for watering horses. For a schedule of events including monthly work days, check out this association online. T PA has multiple interactive online presences including a website www.trinitytrailriders.org, a blog, an active Yahoo Group, a T PA Facebook page and a T PA Twit er profi le.


KHC Off ers Disaster Relief to Horse Owners Aff ected By Recent Tornadoes T e Kentucky Horse Council (KHC) provided coordination for


the US Equine Disaster Relief Fund to support horse owners aff ected by spring tornadoes. KHC has experience responding to equine crises through this fund and the Save Our Horses (SoHo) Fund. “In the past, we have supported many victims of fl ooding and disas-


ters in other states, and now it is Kentucky which needs this support. Our hearts and prayers go out to all who have been aff ected by this tragedy. T e US Equine Disaster Relief Fund will help Kentucky horse owners with temporary feed and fencing as they work to recover from


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this disaster,” said Anna Zinkhon, president of the Kentucky Horse Council. “We are also in touch with the Indiana Horse Council to determine the extent of the need there,” she continued. T e Kentucky Horse Council contacted offi cials in those areas most


aff ected by the tornadoes, to assess the impact of the extensive tornado damage on horse owners. “We are relieved that horse organizations such as the Northern


Kentucky Horse Network have already relayed important information among horse owners regarding temporary shelter and how to assist


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