History of the STLA
2000's: A Bright Future

Barbara Homer assumed responsibility for organizing the Fiesta Sale in 2000 and 2001, and Carolyn Wilton headed the Hospitality Committee. The STLA continued experiencing difficulties with Expo management. Entrance onto the Coliseum grounds by consignees and buyers, was a nightmare. Parking and passes were a headache and the sale cattle exhibit was made to share barn space—at the rear of the barn, with the Beefmasters. The sale was given second billing to the Beefrnaster sale (shades of 1986). In spite of the many tribulations endured by the sale committee and participants, attendance was good and prices showed an increase from the norm of the era.

The Fiesta Sale opened bidding on a beautiful watercolor by Lonnie Shan of the previous year's top selling cow and a wood table hand made by Lynn Struthoff. The average cattle price was $1,444. The high seller in the 2000 Fiesta Sale brought $7,500 for the Richey's. Ron and Barbara Marquess were the buyers that year.

The ever-popular spring show was organized by Christy Randolph and held in San Antonio. Board meetings had become much more cordial, and superficial and no longer required the energy they once demanded. The 2000 General Membership meeting was held under the sale tent before the first resumed in ten years, McCombs Sale. Red and Charlene McCombs provided a feast of barbecued wild hog and smoked turkey before their Millennium Sale where prices averaged $2,312. That weekend included the first STLA World Youth Qualifying Show at Tom and Mary Beth Peoples's Quail Ridge Ranch in Burnet.

The TLBAA began a new Youth program in 2000 that offered a Youth Hall-of-Fame. Previously, only the open shows were eligible for Hall-of-Fame points. Tle affiliate Youth Groups organized Parliamentarian leadership with yearly elections and meetings same as the adult associations. The first President of the STLA Youth Association in 2000-2001 was Katie Dennis.

A summer 2000 tour was held at the Frank and Dolores Pinn's ranch near Smithville where guests were treated to a potluck lunch and a panel of speakers: Shannon Nokes--halter- breaking, Rick Adams--artificial insemination with impromptu assistance from Darlene Aldridge, DVM, Morgan Cook--branding, Trey Sheffield--selling ropers, and Debbie Davis gave an impromptu talk on worming with Diatomaceous Earth.

The 2001 Fiesta Sale opened with a donation of an inlayed wood table in the shape of Texas hand made by Lynn Struthoff and a belt buckle donated by the STLA. The sale averaged $1,318 and the high selling cow brought $5,500 for seller Joe Munsch. The buyer was Lee Gaddis. Sale consignees witnessed a cyclical trend in sale price that in a reduced fashion echoed the glory-days of the 1980's. The stock market was at an all- time high in 1999 and 2000, resulting in-many new faces appearing at the sale rings. When the market fell back to normal ranges in 2001, cattle prices wwiftly followed.

Fred Hoese designed trophies for the Spring Show Champions in 2001. The STLA assumed responsibility from the TLBAA for the Longhorn Show at the San Antonio Livestock Exposition in 2001. John and Christy Randolph and Tom and Mary Beth Peoples organized the show. There were eighty-one entries. The General Membership Meeting was held that year at Don and Debbie Davis's Seco Valley Ranch near Tarpley where a talk on pasture improvement with legumes was given by Patrick Connors, an NRCS representative and the group was served a traditional Mexican cabrito lunch.

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