Greetings TAA Family,

I hope everyone had an amazing holiday season with family and friends and that your 2022 New Year is off to a fantastic start!

We have had a lot of amazing things happen within our association since our last newsletter.

As you all know, due to Covid and hospital restrictions, our annual Christmas Auction at Scottish Rite Hospital was cancelled. We all look forward to this time each year and hope that we will be able to return in 2022.

However, we did something super special this holiday season. We held our first annual “TAA Family Christmas Gathering” in Belton, at the Summer’s Mill Conference & Retreat Center. Our goal for this event, was to bring our TAA family together for a laid-back weekend full of FAMILY FUN and fellowship, and that is just what we did!

We kicked off Saturday morning with breakfast and an awesome scavenger hunt with the kids. After the hunt we had a great lunch with our guest speaker (and Lobbyist) Todd Kercheval, updating us on the current affairs of TDLR. We then built gingerbread houses with the kids, had a surprise visit from Santa Claus, two Cornhole Tournaments (one for the adults and one for the children) , an amazing dinner, and wrapped the night up with our FIRST ANNUAL CHILDREN’S AUCTION! Oh my, that was something to behold! The children were so excited to be on stage and be auctioneers! The future is bright for our association; I cannot wait until next year’s gathering! Thank you to all the board members and volunteers that worked so hard to make this weekend a complete success.

Another amazing event held by the TAA was the 2022 Texas Lone Star Open (TLSO) at the Fort Worth Stock Show and Rodeo Jan. 30, 2022. We had 25 contestants from all over the United States join us in Fort Worth to compete for $10,000 in Prize Money, a Custom Jeff Smith Trophy Saddle (Donated By Tony Langdon Auction Properties) and the title of 2022 TLSO Champion. It was an amazing competition with so much talent showing up and giving it their all. This year the event was broadcast on the Cowboy Channel Plus App. Congratulations to all the contestants for entering and to our five finalist – Jarod Hamm, Kyle Dykes, Sixto Paiz, Trey Galloway, and Cody Shelley. A HUGE CONGRATULATIONS to Cody Shelley for winning this year’s competition! We look forward to everyone joining us next year, for another amazing event.

I hope to see you all in Frisco at the Embassy Suites June 16-18 for our 65th Annual Convention, Contest and TAA Fellowship and FUN!


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