Board of Directors and Advisory Board

Ricky L. Mara – President (term 2018)
9701 US Hwy 380E, Jacksboro, TX 76458 • 940-389-6859A native North Texan, Ricky Mara was destined to be in the cattle industry. His grandparents were in the dairy business on one side and the cattle hauling business on the other. He learned from a very early age about care, nutrition and how to work cattle. He has been fortunate to have his employment in the cattle business for the past 10 years, which not only keeps him abreast of new ideas on health and daily ranch management of a large herd, but also he stays up-to-date with the current market values on both beef cattle and our Corriente cattle. This knowledge helps him to be able to market our cattle profitably.

Ricky began breeding and showing NACA Corriente Cattle in 1999. It has become his passion in life. He has been dedicated & determined in not only the breeding aspect, but also the showing as he has been to numerous NACA National & Regional shows. He has always been supportive in helping out any member that would need his help to work the show or even always ready for questions, advice and discussion of this great breed of cattle.

Ricky also currently serves as President of the TCCA.

He welcomes any and all who might be interested in NACA Corriente Cattle to join our Association and enjoy the breed as he and his wife Carol do.

Russell Drury (term 2019)
530 Sycamore Road, Carriere, MS 39426 • 601-799-3550

Active Member of NACA – 1987 to Present
Occupation: Employed by USDA/Agricultural Research Service for 12 years
Education: Mississippi State University,
B.S. Animal Science 1999.
Organizations: USTRC, WSTR, Deep South team ropers Assn.
I have attended numerous national and regional NACA sanctioned shows in every region of the U S. My wife Tonia and I run 40 Full blood Corriente mother cows on a small farm in southern Mississippi. It has been a privilege to be associated with such a great organization such as the NACA.

rick schlutzRick Schlutz (term 2020)
ADDRESS: 41610 270th Avenue, Russell, Iowa 50238
FAMILY: wife, Kathy (of 50 years); two children; five grandchildren
OCCUPATION: Iowa State Conservation Offiicer/Retired;
Corriente cattle rancher
EDUCATION: BS, Iowa State University

ORGANIZATIONS: Iowa Cattlemen’s Association, Iowa Food Cooperative, and NACA; we have been life members of NACA since 1999.

We started raising Corrientes back in the 1990’s while our son attended Fort Scott Community College and Panhandle State University on rodeo scholarship. We were just going to raise our own practice cattle. Now we have about 90 mama cows and 300 performance cattle. We sell some calves, lease team roping cattle, lease cattle for tailings, and sell a few heifers each year. We also have a packaged meat business. We sell Corriente grass-fed, free-range beef mostly in the Des Moines metro area and across Iowa. The labor for all of this is divided between my wife and I as well as our son and his family. We also started a Corriente and roping cattle sale in Russell, Iowa. This year will be our 6th annual sale.

I would like to be on the NACA Board of Directors because I think the future for our chosen breed is bright. I would like to help guide the Association along so that all of the members can take advantage of the opportunities that are out there.

The beef aspect of the breed is huge. Every metropolitan area in the country is a mostly untapped market for our beef. The taste, tenderness and health benefits of Corriente beef are as good as, or better than, any other brand of cattle going. The Corriente cow is a perfect fit for open-minded entrepreneurial people who want to take full advantage of their opportunities.

calvin schwartzCalvin Schwartz – Vice President (term 2018)
Mullen, Nebraska
Occupation: Cattle Logistics Assistant
Education: Associate of Science Degree
Regional Shows Attended: 31
National Shows Attended: 20


  • NACA Member Membership #75 Joined 1985
  • PACA President 5yrs Current President PACA
  • PACA Vice-President 3yrs
  • PACA Show Manager 4yrs
  • NACA Sanctioned Judge 1996 Judged 18 sanctioned shows

We started raising Corrientes before we started our family; our whole family is avid team ropers. I grew up on a dairy farm and have been blessed to be involved in the cattle industry my whole life. Our Corrientes has been and still is our family’s main enjoyment in and out of the arena.
My goal in life is to leave everything better than it was when I became involved with it. I will carry this philosophy with me as I serve my Corriente friends on the NACA Board of Directors. My goal for the NACA is to help strengthen its roots to help it grow and become more financially stable.

douglas daleDouglas Dale (term 2019)
PO Box 713, Mcneil, MS 39457 • 601-799-4819I am a third generation cattleman and have been the full-time ranch manager for Rocking T Bar ranch for the last 19 years. I graduated from Mississippi State University in 1994 with a degree in Agricultural Economics.

Having been an avid team roper for 28 years, I began to appreciate the durability of corriente roping cattle many years ago. My wife, Patty, and I began buying corriente roping cattle from NACA breeders in 2002 for practice cattle but began to produce team ropings in 2003. As we produced more and bigger ropings, the demand for good stock increased. I began buying a select group of heifers from reputable NACA breeders as well as steers. We selected only the heifers that roped the best for the longest to start our cow herd. We only bought cattle from breeders that did the same.

We now have over 100 head of corriente females with the majority being NACA registered. Not only do I enjoy producing numbers of good roping stock, my focus has turned to producing high quality seed stock especially for the Eastern U.S.

My wife and i have been members of the Eastern Corriente Association since it’s beginning and I am serving my 4th term as president of the ECA.

With the high demand for corriente roping cattle, now is the prime opportunity for someone to become an NACA breeder. With the down markets of a few years ago and the severe drought in the heart of corriente country the last several years, I believe the NACA breeders that have stuck it out should be paid a premium for the cream of the crop that they have preserved. These devout breeders have only kept the very best cattle through these hard times and we as an association will only benefit from the intense culling that was done.

I know, as in any breed, there are those who produce numbers and those who produce seed stock. At this time the numbers aren’t there. It is a prime opportunity as NACA breeders to work together and grow this association to its former glory.

With your support, I would like to make sure this terrific breed of cattle will continue to gain the recognition it deserves.

NACA Advisory Board

Tucker Ashley
Diamond A Ashley Cattle Company
RR 1, Box 100
Pukwana, SD 57370
(605) 778-6885
Virginia Cates
Cates Ranch
5469 State Hwy 120
Wagon Mound, NM 877752
(575) 666-2360
Fred Knoblick
Knoblick Ranches Ltd.
RR #1
Bashaw, Alberta T0B 0H0
Marvin Knutson
Lamar Ranching Company
81 Pool Creek Road
Livingston, MT 59047
David Lewis
Sunnybrook Ranch
28599 Sunnybrook Rd
Hot Springs, SD 57747
Liza Jane McAlister
6 Ranch, Inc.
66799 Sunrise Rd.,
Enterprise, OR 97828
Bill Mundorf
11799 Indian Canyon Rd
Edgemont, SD 57735
Craig Nichols
7892 NE Quaale Rd
Madras, OR 97741
(406) 223-5789
Jack Catesdeceased
Darrell Currieemeritus
Larry Martinemeritus