SPECIAL SONORAN NEWS SUPPLEMENT | CAVE CREEK FIESTA DAYS | MARCH 6, 2013
The members of the Cave Creek Pro Rodeo committee have been working hard all year to bring you another great weekend of professional rodeo and we have exciting updates to share with you. We are extremely pleased to be bringing back Cervi Championship Rodeo as our 2013 Stock Contractor. Their world champion bucking horses and bulls did their job last year including an arena record 93-point bull ride on Cat Ballou, the bull that turned out to be the 2012 PRCA bull of the year. Cave Creek Fiesta Days rodeo fans got to watch the 2011 and 2012 bulls of the year perform in one weekend at the Cave Creek Memorial Arena last year.
Speaking of the arena, we have been busy there too. Gold Buckle sponsor Kennedy Design Build has donated new roping chutes to the rodeo association and the grounds crew, under the instruction of Arena Director Bill Buckles, is in the process of moving the header and heeler boxes in order to install the new roping chutes. The improvements on the timed end of the arena will please a lot of contestants. The roughstock end is also getting a face-lift. The bucking chutes will be raised in order to roll saddled bucking horses through more efficiently and safely. You’ll also see new sponsor and advertiser signage throughout the arena.
To our sponsors and advertisers, we thank each and every one of you for your support. The budget to produce a Pro Rodeo is no small number and we could not be successful without your generosity. I recently read a quote that simply said, “Volunteerism is the greatest thing you can do for your community.” Some volunteer their time and others offer their financial support. The combination of time and money is what keeps this valued tradition of PRCA rodeo strong in the Town of Cave Creek. We all have a lot to be proud of.
Cave Creek Fiesta Days means something different to everyone and that is why we pack so much fun into five days. We kick off rodeo week with the 3rd Annual Fiesta Days * Dan Lebsock Memorial Golf Tournament and Fundraiser that will be played at Dove Valley Ranch Golf Club on March 20 this year. The registration form can be downloaded at www.CaveCreekProRodeo.com.
For our thousands of rodeo fans, the first PRCA performance is on Friday, March 22 at 7 p.m. and it is our “Tough Enough to Wear Pink” show. The second PRCA performance is Saturday night at 7 p.m. and sold out completely last year so purchase your tickets early. The final PRCA performance, the Wrangler National Patriot Day, is Sunday at 2 p.m. Rodeo weekend offers three full action packed PRCA performances at the Cave Creek Memorial Arena and tickets are available now at www.TicketForce.com
Special events during rodeo include the Fiesta Days Parade at 9 a.m. on Saturday morning. Mutton Bustin’ starts at 2 p.m. on Saturday with the Finals at noon on Sunday. The rodeo dances at Harold’s Corral follow the Friday and Saturday night rodeo performances. The full schedule of rodeo and special events can be found within and at www.CaveCreekProRodeo.com
On behalf of the 2013 Board of Directors, I’d like to thank the Cave Creek Pro Rodeo committee and all its volunteers who spend countless hours organizing and planning this annual event. Our ultimate success relies on commitment and support from our dedicated committee members, volunteers, sponsors, advertisers and the Town of Cave Creek.
We look forward to seeing you at the thirty-fifth annual Cave Creek Fiesta Days Rodeo and all it has to offer. Your attendance helps us to continue the tradition of professional rodeo right here in Cave Creek and also helps us support local charities. Don’t forget to bring your canned food donations for our local Foothills Food Bank.
See you at the Chutes!
Traci Casale, 2013 President, Cave Creek Pro Rodeo
Fiesta Days Rodeo – VIP Style
If you want to enjoy the 35th Annual Cave Creek Fiesta Days™ Rodeo VIP style, then you need to be in the Stockman’s Club, March 22-24. The Stockman’s Club is a private area that offers catered food, complimentary beverages, preferred parking, private rest rooms and “up close to the action” seating for every PRCA performance.
Friday night’s dinner is sponsored by the Roadrunner Restaurant & Saloon. Harold’s Corral will be hosting dinner on Saturday night and during the Sunday matinee performance, the Cave Creek Smokehouse is planning the meal. Beverage sponsors for the VIP area include Coors Banquet and Pendleton Whisky – the Official Spirit of the PRCA.
You can reserve your space in the Stockman’s Club by visiting this direct link.
Full weekend VIP memberships for two people can be purchased at a discount or VIP passes can be purchased individually per performance. Space is limited, so be sure to reserve yours today.
Private groups or small corporate groups of up to twelve people can reserve the VIP Sky Box for the same VIP experience directly above the bucking chutes. The price is $100 per person and Saturday night is already reserved. For reservations in the VIP Sky Box, please email email@example.com and reference “Sky Box.”
Cave Creek Fiesta Days™ Rodeo 2013 Schedule of Events
Wednesday, MARCH 20:
Our Third Annual Fiesta Days*Dan Lebsock Memorial Golf Tournament & Fundraiser (Dove Valley Ranch Golf Club / Dinner and Awards at Harold’s in Cave Creek)
Friday, MARCH 22, noon:
PRCA Rodeo Slack at Cave Creek Memorial Arena, 24th St & Carefree Hwy.
Friday, MARCH 22, 7 p.m.:
First PRCA performance (Tough Enough to Wear Pink) at Cave Creek Memorial Arena, 24th St & Carefree Hwy. Kick-off Rodeo Dance after at Harold’s in Cave Creek
Saturday, MARCH 23, 9 a.m:
Spectacular Fiesta Days Rodeo Parade in the Town of Cave Creek celebrating 35 years of tradition of professional rodeo in Cave Creek!
Saturday, MARCH 23, 2 p.m.:
Mutton Bustin’ competition at Cave Creek Memorial Arena, 24th St & Carefree Hwy.
Saturday, MARCH 23, 7 p.m:
Second PRCA Rodeo performance at Cave Creek Memorial Arena, 24th St & Carefree Hwy. followed by Rodeo Dance at Harold’s Cave Creek Corral
Sunday, MARCH 24:
Noon Mutton Bustin’ finals at Cave Creek Memorial Arena, 24th St & Carefree Hwy.
Sunday, MARCH 24, 2 p.m.:
Final PRCA performance (Wrangler® National Patriot™ Day), at Cave Creek Memorial Arena, 24th St & Carefree Hwy.
All Pro Rodeo events are held at the Cave Creek Memorial Arena (located north of Carefree Highway. Take 24th Street north, turn right on Maddock) with the exception of the golf tournament, parade and dances.
Fiesta Days ticket sales: TicketForce.com (surcharges apply)
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All time family favorite, Mutton bustin’
Mutton bustin’ is a rip-roaring fast-paced western event that features kids trying to ride sheep. Mutton bustim’ is held at the Cave Creek Memorial Arena, located north of Carefree Highway (Take 24th Street north and turn right on Maddock.)
All contestants are required to wear protective helmets (yours or theirs). Scoring is simple and is officiated by the Mutton Bustin’ judge and a stop watch. In the preliminaries, the top three times of each age group get called back to compete in the finals on Sunday. The best (longest) time in each age group will receive a Championship Buckle.
Entry fee is $10 per Mutton Buster. Contestants can pre-register by downloading the application online or simply register one hour prior to the event. All paperwork and waivers must be completed and turned in for the contestant to be eligible to compete.
The Cave Creek Fiesta Days Rodeo Mutton Bustin’ competition is sponsored in perpetuity by Barry Myers’ family and Foothills Granite in memory of our good friend and long-time CCPR Committee member, Barry Myers, who owned and operated the Foothills Granite company and loved the Mutton Bustin’ competition.
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Cave Creek Pro Rodeo Board of Directors
Courtesy photo by Glynn Thrower Photography
(in order of above photo)
TINA HAYDEN: Tina Hayden, acting recording secretary at monthly rodeo meetings, is in charge of the Mutton Bustin’ event, volunteer coordination and organizing the layout of the banners for sponsors and advertisers.
BETH CORNELL: Beth Cornell serves as Treasurer, transformed the Stockman’s Club and has run the VIP area for the last six years.
JIM OLSEN: Jim Olsen serves as Livestock Manager, responsible for forming the team that works with the Stock Contactor’s animals insuring safety and efficiency at each rodeo performance.
BILL BUCKLES: Bill Buckles, a third generation cowboy, serves as Arena Director, working with town employees to make improvements to the Cave Creek Memorial Arena.
TRACI CASALE: Traci Casale serves in her first term as President. Her main areas of responsibility include sales, marketing and PR; website, social media; sponsorships and production management.
ROBBIE HALL: Robbie Hall, head parade marshal for the CCFDR parade for the past five years, now serves as Parade Chairperson, overseeing and coordinating all parade activities.
DANNY PIACQUADIO: Danny Piacquadio focuses his energy on the Dan Lebsock Memorial Golf Tournament and Cave Creek Pro Rodeo Dances, two major source of funding for the rodeo association.
PATTY BYERLY: Patty Byerly runs Chris’ Cowboy Kitchen, a hospitality area that exists to feed the contestants as a thank you for their talent and effort during rodeo. It was built in 1997 in honor of her mother, Chris Hornbrook.
GARY STARK (not pictured): Gary Stark, a 21-year military veteran, is in his first term serving as a Committeeman and as Director of Rodeo Security, after his return from military service and subsequent retirement.