President's Letter
(Spring 2003)

Dear Members,

It's been an interesting New Year. The weather has been unpredictable, with warmer than average temperatures in January and then snow, sleet and ice in February. It's wonderful to be in Texas.

I want to extend thanks to George Gillespie and his lovely wife, Eileen, for their hospitality, and for being exceptional hosts, at the tour of their BlackJack Ranches on October 12, 2002. If you missed this tour, then you missed one of the premier ranch tours that STLA has had the opportunity to participate in. The ranches, located in Harper and Rocksprings, are populated with some of the best trophy steers and WR cattle in the business today and, also, many types of exotic deer and wild game. The participants were treated to a "game dinner" prepared by a French chef, courtesy of George & Eileen, The food was wonderful. Thank you, George and Eileen, for going out of your way to make this a ranch tour we will remember for years to come.

We had good attendance at the San Antonio Livestock Show and Rodeo. Entries were up from last year and the show went smoothly. We had 74 total entries and several new exhibitors. As always, the Longhorns attracted a large number of spectators in the stands.

The next big event for SLTA is the Star of Texas Fair and Rodeo in Austin. The show dates are March 28, 29 and 30th, 2003. It is almost guaranteed that the weather will be warmer than last year! The Star of Texas folks have closed in the North and East ends of the building, so at least, we won't have a wind tunnel. We are looking for a pretty big show and have planned for finger foods (at no cost to exhibitors) and an auction. If you have auction items, please contact Barbara Homer at 512-858-7246. See her e-mail address on this masthead. There will also be a "Town Hall" meeting on Saturday evening, hosted by Cliff Whitfill. This meeting is designed as a tool for any members of TLBAA to voice concerns, ask questions, etc. and remained informed as to the direction of the TLBAA. We encourage your attendance. If you are interested in showcasing your ranch, please contact me and we will discuss setting up a spring or fall tour. Also, don't miss the Ark-La-Tex Spring Sale on April 12, 2003, and The Millennium Futurity on June 13 - 14, 2003. The Futurity features a premier heifer sale on Friday night, June 13th. For other events, be sure to check the Calendar of Events in the Trails.

Till we see you down the road,
John Randolph, President


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