CVAA is currently working hard on building a successful outdoor multi-use equestrian center, called the Camp Verde Equestrian Center. We are a 501 c 3 non-profit organization, made up of 12 respectable, godly, giving volunteers with a wide array of active and past members in different associations such as the Grand Canyon Professional Rodeo Association, Woman's Professional Rodeo Association, Verde Valley Fair Association, Prescott Frontier Days, Verde Valley Ranger Sheriff's Posse, and more. Not only are we just volunteers, we are teachers, guidance counselors, leaders, firefighters, directors, superintendents, and parents.
Our goals for the facility is to create an economic viable quality facility while preserving the natural character with a setting to contribute to the economic and social well-being of the greater Camp Verde and surrounding communities.
Create a family - oriented facility with access to wide range of recreational opportunities that foster multi-generative vacation traditions.
To promote equine and livestock education and science.
To Promote High School, Youth and Junior rodeo and horsemanship activities
To advertise and promote Camp Verde, Arizona and the Verde Valley through production of such events such as horsemanship, livestock, rodeos, parades, special events and similar activities with attendance by the general public would be in keeping with a purpose for which the corporation is formed.
President - Mary Phelps
Arizona Native, raised and grew up in the Verde Valley. She is the spouse to James Sealey out of Camp Verde, AZ. She has 4 beautiful girls and one granddaughter.
She was a former President of the Camp Verde Gymkhana Association which was located at Arena Del Loma, that too was a dying program at that time. She was the youngest President of the Camp Verde Gymkhana Assoc at the age of 19. Along next to her, the board members took a program that had a $1.00 to their name to be able to give away saddles and much more. It came to the time that she had to step down to raise a family after 2 years as President.
She knows the importance of raising a family especially in such a rural area. You raise, animals, ride horses, ride atv's anything outside. She moved away for a period of time and came back and noticed there wasn't much of anything for kids to go to an arena and ride unless you went to Cottonwood. She had heard that the arena panels that the Town purchased , were possibly going to be put up for sale or giving away. She knew now is the chance. Time to make a difference for the Town of Camp Verde. Its time to give back to the community and give them what they needed and wanted. An Equestrian Center.
She personally, has competed in rodeos most of her life, High School Rodeo Association, Women's Professional Rodeo Association, many local associations and jackpots.
She has started the Camp Verde Youth Rodeo and Livestock club. Reason is kids here in Camp Verde need a club that they can be with other kids that like and enjoy the same things they all do and it also gives them the opportunity to be part of something big something great. They get to experience and watch and help run the Camp Verde Equestrian Center be built and ran.
Vice President - Daria Weir
Daria is currently the Dean of Students at Camp Verde Elementary. She is a past Grand Canyon Pro Rodeo Association champion breakaway roper and barrel racer. She is married to Bob Weir and has two children and three grandchildren.
Secretary - Lisa Page
Ashley Copeland - Treasurer
Statutory Agent - Stacey Barker
Bob Weir comes from a family of Pro Rodeo Stock Contractors. Bob currently participates in rodeos as a rodeo clown and announcer. Bob is the Superintendent of Valley Academy for Career and Technology Education.
Verde Valley Native. Spouse of Mary Phelps (President). Has 5 daughters, one beautiful granddaughter. Business owner and partner of JNM Concrete Coatings and Polishing.
Works diligently on making sure that construction of the equestrian center is moving smoothly and helping on finding operators and business owners to help finish completing the facility.
Brooke Zimmermann grew up on a small ranch in Glendale Arizona. Riding has been second nature to her since she was 5 years Old. Barrel racing, roping, team sorting and representing Arizona as a rodeo queen was her passion while growing up. As a high school student, Brooke started a riding school for young childre
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Brooke Zimmermann grew up on a small ranch in Glendale Arizona. Riding has been second nature to her since she was 5 years Old. Barrel racing, roping, team sorting and representing Arizona as a rodeo queen was her passion while growing up. As a high school student, Brooke started a riding school for young children who shared her love of horses. She taught over 30 students per week and gradually became a teacher for young women desiring to become rodeo representatives and for children with special needs where horse therapy was beneficial to their development. She continues to teach horseback riding lessons now for over 20 years. She is a fifth generation Pioneer of Arizona. Her mother’s family are rodeo stock contractors and ranchers in Oklahoma. Brooke has had the opportunity to represent her western way of life and rodeo all over the country, including the Calgary Stampede in Calgary, Canada.
Brooke enjoys acting in local theater productions and working as a TV commercial actress. Brooke’s main passion in life however, is to home school her five children. Her husband, Daniel was a school teacher for many years. Together, they have created an enriching learning environment with the freedom to allow each one of their children to learn in a way that is most natural to them. From creating internships with farriers and veterinarians, treasure hunts and Kayaking in New Mexico and gardening and theater programs. Their goal is give their children a love for learning!
Currently, Brooke is proud to be on the board as Vice President for the Cowgirl’s Historical Foundation. This organization allows her to use her love of horses to perform in rodeos and parades across the country. She is also able to give back to her community with special service projects to help organizations such as Florence Critterdon, and the Veteran’s Memorial fundraiser just to name a few.