2020 CattleWoman of the Year: Karla Cafarelli

Our CattleWoman of the Year for 2020 is an Arizona transplant, after living in various states throughout her life. Around the year 2000, she and her husband Gene visited southern Arizona and decided to move there. Then Gene decided that they should acquire a couple of head of cattle. They started with a Longhorn bull and a cow. The herd grew over the years.  

She was introduced to the Elgin Sonoita Cowbelles by some friends and became a member of that Local. They noticed her taking notes during their meetings and after only a few months, she was elected as secretary. Before long, she was in the middle of many Cowbelle projects and joined the Arizona State Cowbelles, where she again became an active participant.  

She has participated in multiple activities over the years at all levels of the cattlewomen organization. She traveled to Fort Bliss to participate with the All American Beef Battalion to feed the troops a delicious beef meal. She was also co-chair for the Steaks for Troops events that we held here in Arizona. She was co-chair for the Tucson Festival of Books for 3 years as well as participated with multiple Ag Day events, ranch tours, Pioneer Luncheons at the Arizona National Livestock Show, and various other ASC events.  

She is the chair of Sonoita Hills Church and a member of multiple civic and political groups in Southern Arizona. Her many other accomplishments are too numerous to mention. 

She has held the position of ASC secretary for 9 different presidents during 12 of the last 14 years -- longer than anyone else in ASC’s history. Of course, you know now that our CattleWoman of the Year is Karla Cafarelli.  




Past Arizona cattlewomen of the year

2019

Ann Marie Moore, Willcox

2018

Trudy Birkemeyer, Dugas

2017

Marie Pyeatt, Elgin

2016

Janice Bryson, Buckeye

2015

Keri Jelks, Canelo Hills

2014

Mary Jo Rideout, Red Rock

2013

Vicki Wilkinson, Chino Valley

2012

Lou Apperson, Sonoita

2011

Dorothy Steinhoff, Laveen

2010

Velma Tucker, Roosevelt

2009

Linda Brake, Elgin

2008

Linda Vensel, Patagonia

2007

Kathy Moore, Congress

2006

Daisy Mae Cannon, Duncan

2005

Doris French, Glendale

2004

Posy Piper, Patagonia

2003

Phyllis Gates, Mayer

2002

Lois Claridge, Safford

2001

Dorothy Johnson, Gilbert

2000

Ann Jeffers, Holbrook

1999

Peggy Monzingo, Benson