The 8th Annual Eastern Corriente Show started with a lot of anticipation from the members. Last year it had been decided to have the show but to only hold the members roping due to the economy. So this year the membership decided to hold the show with fewer classes and hold it for two days as opposed to the three day show that normally has been held in the past. We felt that this would allow a greater number of members to participate. Entries were from 14 ranches of which 5 were junior members. The number of cattle entered into the show was 47. With three conformation classes and two performance classes that was a wonderful turnout. Pete Durden was the judge for the 8th Annual ECA Show.
Along with the very dedicated members we normally see at the show, we had the delight of the newly elected President of the Association Ricky Mara and the long time and distinguished member Dale Burks of Valley B Corrientes in attendance. By the number of entries one can see that we are blessed with a very active junior membership.
Friday evening allowed the members to gather for some great southern cooking with the annual membership meeting. Ricky Mara gave the members an update on the status of the North American Corriente Association.
New members to the ECA were warmly welcomed and business of the ECA was discussed and some new officers and board members were elected to the Eastern Corriente Association. Officers for the association are President…Douglas Dale, Vice President…EW Goodwin, Secretary…Patty Dale, Treasurer…Tommy Jordan and Show Secretary…Peggy Matthews. New board members elected were Tony Wilson and Steve Wilson and returning board members are Russell Drury, Anthony Pritchard and Dr. David Newell.
The membership decided to move the show back to the first weekend of November starting next year.
The members have been working very diligently to be able to offer scholarships to the younger members and awarded the first one this year!!
First day of the show the conformation classes were held and the performance classes were held on Saturday. Once the judging completed the arena became very active with the chatter of the little ones as we held a dummy roping contest for the younger members. Winners for the 9-11 age group Zane Pritchard and the 8 and under age group Wes Pritchard. Congratulations goes to those gentlemen and it sounds like we have a family of ropers on their way up.