Counties Include: Bandera, Bastrop, Bexar, Blanco, Caldwell, Comal, Edwards, Gillespie, Gonzales, Guadalupe, Hays, Kendall, Kerr, Kimble, Kinney, Medina, Real, Sutton, Travis, Uvalde, Wilson.
Regional Director: Mary Littlefield Devine
Mary joined TETRA in 2009, shortly after moving to Texas from the West Coast. She has formerly served on the Board of the Backcountry Horsemen, Los Padres Unit. This is her first time on the TETRA Board. She lives in Region 10 with her husband Damon and son Gordon. They have Haflingers that ride and drive, as well as an Appendix QH and a bunch of rescued equine. The Haflinger team and the Appendix gelding have volunteered with Mary at the Youth Ride over the last two years. The wonderful work of TETRA volunteers, and the close friendships that have developed through working and riding together, led Mary to her current place on the TETRA board. Her goals as a board member include helping grow a diverse membership, and helping expand programs to benefit youth and families.
Current Regional News
The fall was fairly quiet. We had a wonderful ride at a new ranch, west of Wimberly, Inspiring Oaks. A first for equestrians and hopefully a new place for many future rides.I continued seeking a replacement for Region 10 Director. I thought we had a volunteer, but found out just prior to the annual meeting that this person would not be able to serve. I have contacted several clubs in the San Antonio area, in hopes of finding a Regioin 10 director volunteer; so far have been unsuccessful. The term runs for three years, and covers a wide area. So, if you have a volunteering spirit, please contact the TETRA board with your interest.
There are two rides currently scheduled for this spring in Region 10, the TETRA/Snap ride in March 23-25 and the Storm Ranch ride, April 20-22.
The SNAP or State Natural Area Partners volunteers and monies directly benefits the park and makes improvements. A silent auction last year’s ride was very sucessful and TETRA contributed 100% of the funds collected to park volunteer efforts. The improvements you see at the park have been funded in part by this TETRA/SNAP rides and the auction.
The Storm ranch remains open to TETRA. This year, the ride will include wagons, so drivers, please join us. We are grateful to the Storm family for allowing us to ride this lovely ranch. In part to TETRA efforts with the Storm family, other equestrian groups are holding events and enjoying this lovely ranch. It is a real jewel. If you haven’t ridden the ranch, you should make a point of doing so.
I want to thank several folks who have continued to make my job easier over the last three years. Debby Alley, helped at every ride I have held, checking folks in and collecting the funds, which is a huge job. It would not have been possible without her help.
Jack Borchers, for his ongoing support and contributions at the Land Heritage Institute (LHI) located in San Antonio. He served on their board for years, representing TETRA. Jack made me aware of the needs and desire to develop and bridge a working relationship with LHI. Mark Oppelt, with LHI, Jack and Hans Micklitz, TETRA now has an established agreement to continue contributing volunteer hours, with a goal of eventually opening the 1200 acres to some equestrian events. We also held a one day Outreach event at LHI, making a difference in many children’s lives. This property is located in southwest San Antonio, the start of the south plains grasslands, and has a rich Indian, Mexican, Spanish and European imigrant history.
Bob Rawson, who helped research a possible agreement with the Corps of Engineers at Canyon Lake. Bob spent time discussing potential opportunities to expand trails and develop equestrian camping at Canyon Lake. Unfortunately, we were not able to negotiate a workable agreement at this time due in part to lack of opening new trails.
Region 10 desperately needs someone to continue discussions with Government Canyon staff, located north of San Antonio. The park acquired additional land, and there are future possibilities for equestrian use. The key is developing and maintaining relationships early and be ready when those discussions begin.
I want to thank everyone who has made the Region 10 fun and exciting.
Region 10 sponsored a ride at Inspring Oaks. See article and pictures under the recent events section.
Land Heritage Institute (LHI) is having an event. Come join us in the fun!
LHI is sponsoring a Holiday Heritage Fair at the Land Heritage Institute on Saturday, December 10, 2011 from 10 am – 2 pm. Free Admission, Food & Drink available for purchase. They will have holiday themed crafts, caroling and games along with hayrides, historic home tour, nature walks and heritage presentations.
For questions, contact firstname.lastname@example.org. Land Heritage Institute is located at 1349 Neal Road, 1.5 miles north of Loop 1604 between Applewhite and Pleasanton Roads. More information available visit them on their website.
I am currently working on scheduling a ride with the State Natural Area Partners for a ride at Bandera. I am negotiating with the Storm Ranch for a spring ride. Hope to see you on the trail.
New news about Government Canyon
Approximately two years ago, Jack Borchers, Debby Alley and I met with the then Assistant Park Manager, Trey Cooksey, about opening equestrian trails at the park. Unfortunately, since the Natural Area opened in 2005, Savannah Loop and Lytle’s Loop (the two trails originally planned for equestrian use) were only open to foot and bicycle traffic. We found the area that was designated for equestrian use to unsafe, but were hopeful for future possibilities.
There is a new park Superintendent, Mr. Chris Holm. He said there were 5,800 acres, however, the area is now up to 11,500 acres and they are at a juncture where planning our land use management of this additional acreage and will be looking at all potential uses within the confines of our deed and conservation easement restrictions. When they reach that stage, they will be considering the possibility of allowing equestrian use on the new acreage.
Bottom line, equestrian use on our existing trails is no longer a viable option, however, there may be an opportunity in the near future. Stay tuned… Geri Bischoff, Region 10 Director, TETRA
Geri Bischoff, Region 10 Director, TETRA