Carbondale Wild West Rodeo Board 2017
Mike Kennedy, President
Vacancy, Vice President
Melanie Cardiff, Secretary
Tom Harrington, Treasurer
Mike Goscha, Director
Mike Kennedy CWWRA president and one of the founding members of the rodeo, is a 38 year resident of Carbondale. Formerly a mining engineer at Thompson Creek and consulting engineer on the Glenwood Canyon Tunnels, Mike has been working full time in the real estate business since 1992.
Mike is the Broker/Owner of RE/MAX Mountain West in Carbondale since 1997. RE/MAX Mountain West has offices in Carbondale, Paonia and Cedaredge, Colorado. The Carbondale office is next to the 7-11 store at Main Street and Highway 133.
Mike has been involved with the Carbondale Fire District since 1980 as a volunteer for 26+ yrs and also a Board Member (21+ yrs) for the district.
Mike is married (Julie) with two grown boys, one is a fireman/paramedic with the Carbondale Fire District and the other is an electrician.
Mike has truly enjoyed watching the rodeo grow from its humble beginnings into something that Carbondale can really be proud of!
It's the place to be on Thursday nights in the summer!
Melanie Gianinetti Cardiff, a Carbondale native, is the CWWRA Secretary/Volunteer Administrator.
Melanie is no newcomer to rodeo, at age 7 she won her 1st, first place trophy and continued to ride competitively in rodeo for many years. In 1974, she was crowned Colorado Mountain College Rodeo Queen, and in 1975, crowned Carbondale Potato Day Queen by the Governor of Colorado. Melanie's passion for riding is as strong as ever. She now enjoys riding her horses and mules on the trails of the beautiful mountains surrounding her home town. Melanie is married to Dave Cardiff, a General Contractor, and Roaring Fork High School Football Coach. Melanie and Dave's daughters and families remain in the area. Family time is important to Melanie. She cherishes spending time with her grandchildren, Layton and Aubrey.
Melanie and her father own a herd of Miniature Hereford and Lowline cattle. She says “it is fun producing miniature beef cattle for market and show.” Melanie manages her family’s Gianinetti Spring Creeks Ranch Pavilion and grounds available for rent for weddings and other private gatherings. She also volunteers in many community activities outside the rodeo board. Melanie is an avid cook and baker, sewing, crafting, and crazy about canning and pickling. You may have seen one of her wedding or birthday cakes around the community or been lucky enough to sample some of her pickles or jam.
Having always been very involved in her community, she says "I am proud to serve on the CWWRA board where we all work so well together". The board members contribute hundreds of volunteer hours preparing and producing the summer rodeo series. "There is a ton of work that goes into pulling off 12 great rodeos, but it's all worth it when you see those smiling faces." She is most passionate about keeping our "Western Heritage" alive and "always working to improve the show!" The best part of rodeo night she says is "getting to interact with all the people…contestants, spectators and our amazing volunteers!" You will see her driving the rodeo “vintage golf cart" around the grounds or checking in contestants, when she is not organizing and directing volunteers! Please take a moment to stop her and say hello.
Tom was raised in Ridgway, Colorado. He currently manages the Crystal River Ranch, a cow/calf operation in Carbondale residing there with his wife Ginny of 36 years. Tom and Ginny feel fortunate to have some cattle of their own as well. They have one daughter Crystal (Derek) Ferguson of Dallas, Texas; grand daughter Tegwyn 7 years old, and grand son Riordan, 4 years old. Tegwyn at 4 years of age, did her first mutton bustin at the CWWR in 2014. Riordan did his first mutton bustin' in 2017. Tegwyn and Riordan love warming up (or winding up as Tegwyn has coined it) horses before the rodeo starts. Tegwyn really loves the calf scramble.
Tom began his career as a cowboy at the age of 14 on high mountain pastures in Telluride working for a cow/calf and sheep operation building fence, riding herd health and irrigating. Working with cattle and being horseback has remained his passion since. Tom participated in the high school rodeo team at Ridgway, team roping and riding bulls.
Graduating from Colorado State University in December 1994, with both a B.S. in Animal Sciences and a M.S. in Animal Reproduction and Management Systems, Tom has gone on to manage ranches in Colorado, Wyoming, Arizona and Montana. These have included seedstock, cow/calf operations and a retained ownership operation with a meat program. Tom also enjoys judging beef cattle shows and has judged at National Western Stock Show, Montana State Fair, National Junior Red Angus Show and local fairs in Colorado, Montana and Arizona.
Tom team ropes in the Carbondale Wild West Rodeo. Tom became very interested in the Vaquero style of horsemanship in 2001. He competes in ranch roping and also judges an occasional ranch roping. Tom’s other interests include building custom tack, gear and saddles in his spare time, fly-fishing and road trips on his Harley Davidson.
Tom is very active in his community along with serving on the Carbondale Wild West Rodeo board of directors, he is the board President of the Roaring Fork Valley Coop, and board member of Holy Cross Cattlemen’s Association. Tom is Past President of the Rocky Mountain Ranch Roping and Stock Horse Association’s (RMRRSHA) board of directors. Tom also founded Roaring Fork Ranch Roping in 2010 and along with Ginny is proud to host this roping each year, the weekend after Labor Day. Tom also serves as a Northwest Quarter Rep. for Colorado Cattlemen’s Association board of directors and is a board member of the local Holy Cross Cattlemen's Association.
Tom and his wife, Ginny are proud to call Carbondale their home.
Mike Goscha was raised in Carbondale and graduated from Roaring Fork High School in 1990. He started working on a local ranch when he was 14 years old, and learned much about the registered Angus cattle business during the 25 years he worked there. Mike received his A.A. from Colorado Mountain College and went on to receive his B.S. from Colorado State University in 1998. He married his wife Jayme in 2000 and have owned and worked their own cattle with the help of their two children Trent and Tess. Mike also spent 5 years as an electrician and is currently the Ranch Manager at Bear Wallow Ranch where he lives with his family up Canyon Creek in Glenwood Springs.
Mike has been an active volunteer in the Carbondale community, and you may recognize him from his work with Mt. Sopris Rec Riders, Potato Days (Bareback Bonanza & Parade), Mt. Sopris 4-H club, or you may have seen him cheering his kids on at the Roaring Fork Ranch Roping, Garfield County Fair, baseball, softball or soccer fields. Most Sundays, the Goschas can be found at the Orchard church in Carbondale.
Because of Trent’s and Tess’ passion for their western heritage, Mike and Jayme also took over the reins of the local gymkhana series several years ago and started the Sopris Gymkhana Club which holds monthly events at the Gus Darien Arena for riders of all ages from June-October each year.
The CWWR has always been a big part of the summer for the Goschas, as they began attending as a family when the kids were little. Trent and Tess both participated in mutton bustin’ and calf scramble and always enjoyed seeing their cowboy friends and neighbors each week at the rodeo. Trent loved the rodeo so much that on his 6th birthday he asked for donations to the CWWR instead of presents! Trent is pictured at 4 years old after Mutton Bustin' at CWWR.
Since Trent’s unexpected death in November 2016 at the age of 13, Mike and his family have dedicated themselves to the things Trent loved and valued in his short, but full, life. The thing Trent loved most was being a cowboy and learning from the wonderful cowboys and cowgirls heroes he got to know at the CWWR. (The CWWRA Board has established the Trent Goscha Sportsmanship Award to be awarded to a participant in the rodeo or the gymkhana.) Mike is happy to work with such an incredible group of people as a member of the Carbondale Wild West Rodeo Board to keep Carbondale’s western traditions alive and to help bring the same joy to other families as the CWWR has brought to his.