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            Smiley Ride                                          

Location:  Barnhart Q5 Ranch, Berclair, TX

Dates:  April 15 – 16, 2023

Registration opens on January 1, 2023.

The Barnhart Q5 Ranch (BQ5 Ranch) is located in Berclair, Texas which is located in south Texas between Goliad and Beeville.  The BQ5 Ranch is a Lone Star Land Steward winning ranch in recognition of its wildlife and land conservation efforts.  The owners continue to work to balance cattle operations with preservation of wildlife habitat on 700 acres. The ranch terrain is barefoot friendly with wide open cleared trails, seasonal creeks, shady oak trees, abundant wildlife, over 133 different bird species, and a diverse array of south Texas foliage, including wildflowers that will for sure be showcasing their vibrant spring colors!  The BQ5 ranch has three fully stocked cottages and a limited number of stalls/pens which will be assigned on a first-come first-serve basis.  Please contact Karen Pantel if you’re interested in any of the cottage accommodations and/or stalls. There is plenty of room for primitive camping, and the ranch owners so graciously supply the wood and chairs for the fire pit gatherings. The ranch owners are delighted to host our TTCC ride again in 2023, so join us for a great time!

Ride Managers:   Devin & Karen Pantel

Contact Person: Karen Pantel (361) 935-1244 /

Ride Secretary:   Kit Shadrock (210) 722-0942 –

General Information and Requirements:

Everyone must show proof of negative Coggins test.  All dogs must be on a leash.  Scatter your manure if camping in the primitive area. Anyone renting a stall for $10 per day must clean it daily and before you leave.  There will be an additional charge of $25 for anyone who doesn’t leave the stall(s) clean.  Check-in with the TTCC ride secretary will begin around 3:00 pm on Friday, April 14th, but you’re welcome to arrive earlier in the day.  You can even come a day early and stay an extra day.  Please let Karen know if you plan to extend your stay.  For those of you who are bringing a non-riding guest, he/she is welcome to fish the stocked tanks, walk the trails, and observe the variety of birds and wildlife the ranch has to offer.

Meals:  There will be the option of a $15 catered meal on Saturday night.  You will have the option of chicken fried steak or chicken fried chicken.  The meal will come with 2 sides, a roll and tea.  Please let Kit know which you prefer so we can provide the caterers a good head count.

Ride Fees

One Day                     Two Day

Adult              $67.00                       $107.00

Scout              $67.00                       $107.00

Junior            $47.00                       $72.00

Buddy             $47.00                       $72.00

New for 2023 – Buddy Riders may no longer register online. You can register by contacting the Ride Manager, Karen Pantel, via email and request to be put on the Buddy list.  All registered riders not paid in full by 30 days out will be released. We will then take Buddy Riders in order from the waitlist.  You will hear directly from the Ride Secretary with a confirmation letter. If you want a guaranteed spot, please register as Scout and get a scorecard!

 Registration opens on the first of the month 90 days prior to ride:

  • Each person registering for a ride must have a separate login and password. You cannot register your relative on your login, you must create a separate login with a separate email address and register them separately. The comment section cannot be used for registering another individual.  This is necessary to maintain an accurate count of riders registered for a ride.
  • In the case of a full ride, you can be added to the waitlist by contacting Karen Pantel at
  • Your payment is required 30 days prior to the date of the ride to secure your reservation. If payment is not received 30 days prior to the ride, your name will be moved to the waiting list.
  • Please use the comment section to state your preference for lodging and/or meals. All reservations for the cottages and stalls will be coordinated through the Ride Manager – Karen Pantel.

Mail your check to:          Karen Pantel, 10610 N. US Hwy 183, Goliad, TX  77963

OR   PayPal: – remember to use Friends and Family

Cancellation policy:

2.5 — Ride-Fee Cancellation Policy

If you cancel:

7+ days prior to ride– full refund

6-3 days prior to ride– 50%

Less than 3 days– no refund

If  Management cancels  the ride you will receive a full refund.

If you have to cancel, scroll down and click, “cancel my reservation”.  Make certain you contact the Ride Manager – Karen Pantel and cancel any reservations you made directly with her for lodging arrangements.

Additional Fees: 

If not a member of TTCC you must purchase a daily membership at $10 or a full membership for $30, payable to TTCC. 

There is a $15 per day ranch fee for riders, and a $10 fee per day for non-riders.  Stall fees are $10 per day with an extra charge if not cleaned.  Contact Karen Pantel for room charges (if interested).

Directions to ride:

Ranch address is: 8212 FM 883 – Berclair, TX 78107

Note: when using street address with navigating systems, know that the main entry of the ranch is located exactly 8.2 miles from the intersection of US 59 and FM 883 out of Berclair.  All vehicles pulling a trailer for the TTCC ride will enter the ranch at the ranch’s Highway Trap gate.  Signs will be posted 1 mile from each direction alerting you of the ranch entrance.

 Directions from San Antonio:

Drive south on US 281. Exit Floresville, on to US 181 South. Continue to Pettus, TX. Turn left onto FM 623 – drive 2 miles to fork in the road.  Veer right onto FM 883.  Drive 2.5 miles to a STOP sign – veer right, continuing on FM 883 another 4 miles.  The Highway Trap gate is a black pipe entrance located on your left.  Look for the TTCC banner and Smiley face flag.

Directions from Houston:

Drive south on US 59 following signs to Goliad, TX. Continue on US 59 another 16 miles through Goliad on to Berclair.  On the far south side of Berclair, turn right onto FM 883.  Travel 8.7 miles to the Highway Trap gate which is a black pipe entrance located on your right.  Go past the main BQ5 Ranch entrance.  Look for the TTCC banner and Smiley face flag.

Directions from Corpus Christi:

Drive north on I-37, take the Mathis exit.  Turn right onto County Road 803 to Skidmore.  Turn left towards Sinton onto US 181 North.  Follow US 181 North to Beeville – exit US 59 North.  Turn right onto US 59 N and drive about 14 miles to Berclair.  Turn left at the first street which is FM 883. Travel 8.7 miles to the Highway Trap gate which is a black pipe entrance located on your right.  Go past the main BQ5 Ranch entrance.  Look for the TTCC banner and Smiley face flag.



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