TRACI CASALE, PRESIDENT
Two thousand fifteen marks the eleventh consecutive year that Traci Casale has volunteered with the Cave Creek Pro Rodeo Association. This is her fifth consecutive two-year term as a Board Member and her second two-year term as President. Traci has an extensive background in Sales & Marketing that has proven to significantly increase the bottom line for rodeo each year. In addition, her experience in promotions, event planning, PR, social media and networking have contributed to the continued growth and popularity of our rodeo.
While representing Cave Creek Pro Rodeo, Ms. Casale has strengthened ties with the PRCA, the Turquoise Circuit and many local PRCA rodeos. She was instrumental in bringing the top-notch, award winning PRCA / NFR Contract Personnel to Cave Creek including The Cervi Brothers Rodeo Co, Sunni Deb Backstrom and Justin Rumford, to name a few.
Ms Casale’s undeniable commitment to the Cave Creek Pro Rodeo Association comes from a life-long love for the sport of rodeo. Her main goal is to give back to our community by making the Cave Creek Fiesta Days Rodeo bigger and better each year.
Traci Casale and her husband, Nick Hannah, also a CCPR Committee Member, reside in Desert Hills, AZ with their Newfoundland, Rocky, and their horse Navajo.
STACY TUCKER – TREASURER, VIP HOSPITALITY CHAIR
Board Member, Stacy Tucker has been volunteering with the Cave Creek Pro Rodeo since 2012. Stacy has assisted with volunteer coordination, Mutton Bustin, and the Stockman’s Club. Her “can-do” attitude was quickly recognized and Stacy is now the VIP Hospitality Chairperson as well as the newly elected CCPR Treasurer.
Stacy grew up on a farm in Kansas which she now owns. The farm is a working farm where she and her dad own and raise cattle. Stacy has been actively involved in rodeo, Paint and Quarter horse showing, and ranch sorting for over 35 years. She is proud of the western way of life and volunteers to help keep the tradition alive.
Ms Tucker is the Vice President of Financial Aid Operations for the University of Phoenix and holds a Bachelors of Education degree from Washburn University and a Masters Degree in Management from Baker University. Stacy resides in Chandler with 2 children, a daughter Lindsay and son Trenton, 2 horses, Mint and Goldie, and 4 dogs, Daisy, Honda, Beau and JoJo.
Gina Kraut has been involved with the Fiesta Days rodeo for years and has helped volunterring in many roles. The entire Kraut family has a lengthy rodeo resume and Gina’s experience was a welcome addition to the Production team.
Among other areas, Ms Kraut will be assisting on the production side of rodeo where her expertise can be fully utilized to insure the best in high-quality / fast-paced PRCA performances.
The Kraut family owns and operates their own roughstock business – K4 Bucking Bulls. Gina works every end of the business and is quite a hand behind the chutes flanking bulls. In additon to her responsibilities with K4, Gina also owns and operates Buckin’ Awards, a favorite for many local and PRCA rodeos due to her innovative and unique desgins.
Ms Kraut is married to Luke Kraut, one of the two 2015 CCFDR Bullfighters. They live in Wittman, AZ with their two sons, Cauy and Boyce, along with their string of bucking bulls, their horses and dogs.
ROBBIE HALL – SECRETARY AND PARADE CHAIR
Robbie Hall is serving her second term on the Board of Directors for the Cave Creek Pro Rodeo Committee. Robbie has acted as the head parade marshal for the CCFDR parade for the past six years. In 2013, Robbie took over as Parade Chairperson and continues to oversee and coordinate all parade activities. In addition, the 2015 Board unanimously voted her in as the 2015 Secretary for the Association.
Robbie is a professional senior trainer with Wells Fargo and has been with the organization for the past thirteen years. Robbie is married to Cody Hall, who is also a Director for the Cave Creek Pro Rodeo Committee. The Hall family, which includes their daughters Dakota, Sierra and Tristyn, reside in New River. They enjoy spending time outdoors riding horses and four wheeling.
BRUCE BARLOW – GROUNDS, SECURITY & PARKING
The 2015 Cave Creek Pro Rodeo Association welcomes newly elected Board Member, Bruce Barlow. Bruce’s area of responsiblity include the Rodeo Grounds other than the Arena. This huge area of responsibility includes: Vendors, Parking, Bleachers, Security and Town Liaison.
Bruce Barlow has been volunteering with the Cave Creek Pro Rodeo since 2011, when his daughter was the Cave Creek Fiesta Days Rodeo Queen. Amanda is now a WPRA contestant, but Bruce has continued to volunteer because he is thankful for all the rodeo volunteers who gave his daughter a chance to have a career doing what she loves.
Mr Barlow is a business owner, miner and lapidary, with a degree in Graduate Gemology. He resides in Desert Hills with his wife, Debbie, who is also a CCPR Member. They have two daughters, Amanda who is a Professional Barrel Racer, Horse Trainer and breeder, and Megan, who is a medical student. Bruce’s hobbies include roping and riding with his family.
Board Member, Cody Hall, holds the title of Livestock Manager and Committee Arena Director. Cody is responsible for assembling the Livestock teams for both ends of the Arena. The Livestock teams work with the Stock Contactor’s animals insuring safety and efficiency at each rodeo performance. He is also responsible for the arena and its operations. Safe footing is a concern for every committee and working the arena dirt for the contestants, their horses and all stock is a major responsibility. Cody also has to make sure the practice area, livestock pens and turn outs are all in good, safe working condition.
Patty Byerly has been a member of the rodeo association since 1984 and has served on the Board of Directors four different terms. Her area of responsibility is running Chris’ Cowboy Kitchen that was built in 1997 in honor of her mother, Chris Hornbrook. The cowboy kitchen is a hospitality area for the contestants – the Committee’s thank you for competing at Fiesta Days.
Patty is married to David Byerly, a longtime CCFDR Volunteer and they live in Cave Creek. They have two daughters, Tiffany and Chrissy. Patty and Dave have recently welcomed their first grandchild to the family. Patty’s hobbies include volunteering for Fiesta Days Rodeo, leather craft and making western décor. She is employed at Target as a Stock Associate.