Roundup & Open House



The 2014 Roundup and Open House was a huge success and BIG fun because of YOU our members, supporters, sponsors,  and volunteers!
See you at next year’s Roundup! Save The Date for November 7 for MORE Western Heritage fun on the Empire Ranch!

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Jéfe Sponsors

  • Steve Hazen
  • Roberts & Associates, PLC
  • Schouten & Sullivan, CPAs
  • Anonymous
  • Mary Vail Bond
  • Realty Executives/Bryce & Sally Reichardt

Vaquero Sponsors

  • Carl Vail
  • Stewart Title
  • Honorable Ray Carroll
  • Hinman’s Wood & Wool

In Kind Sponsors

  • Classic Tents
  • Jack Furrier Western Tire
  • Tucson Rodeo Parade Committee
  • Arbuckle’s Coffee Roasters
  • Elgin/Sonoita Cowbelles


  • Capital Wealth Investments
  • Jack and Elizabeth Layton
  • Ralph and Ingeborg Silberschlag
  • Bill Toland
  • Big Hat Society
  • Maureen O’Brien and Craig Bell
  • Suffolk Hills Pet Clinic
  • Dan Robinette and Linda Kennedy
  • Ed and Robin Demyanovich

Thank you to the WESTERN ARENA Demonstrators

  • Military Riding, B Troop, 4th U.S. Cavalry (Mem.)
  • Tombstone Ghost Riders/Cowboy Mounted Shooters
  • Ranch Roping & Cattle Handling – Joel Eliot, Brian Baldwin & Deanna Welsh
  • Horse’n Around Rescue Ranch Rehabilitation DemoSteve Boice

Thank you to the WESTERN SKILLS Demonstrators

  • Brickmaking with AdobeChris Schrager, Bureau of Land Management
  • Basics of BlacksmithingCasey Abbs
  • Branding Irons – Bill Schock
  • Farrier’s Work of Shoeing HorsesJohn Russell
  • Lessons of Leather CarvingBen Claridge
  • Make Your Own Reata – Dick Schorr
  • Stories of Saddle MakingLynne London & Kevin Berry
  • Weaving Horsehair RopeJesús García
  • Woodcarving – David Valenzuela


  • History of Cordage & Horsehair Ropemaking – Jesús García
  • Living History of Buffalo Bill – Dane Johnson
  • Stuntmen In Front & Behind the Camera – Rodd Woolf, Bunker de France
  • Behind the Camera – Bob Shelton, Don Collier, Rodd Woolf, Bunker de France, Marty Freese
  • Tales of Lawman Jeff Milton – John R. Larkin
  • Guns of the Old West - John R. Larkin 
  • Living History of Buffalo Bill by Buffalo Bill – Dane Johnson
  • The Empire Ranch Was My Back Yard Steve Boice
  • Vail Family Vignettes – Susan Vail Hoffman
  • The Story of Walter Vail Van Fowers
  • Working Empire Ranch Cowboy (1940’s) – Gerald Korte

Thank you to the MUSICIANS

  • The Bill Ganz Western Band 
  • Janice Deardorff, Western singer/songwriter
  • Sarah Deardorff, line dancing demonstration
  • Cadillac Mountain Bluegrass Band

Special Thank you to

  • Photography–Carl Sparfeld 
  • Sierra Vista Brownie Troop 419, Junior Troop 104, and Cadette/Senior Troop 1224 – Janis Wheat, leader
  • Arbuckles’ Cowboy Coffee – Pat and Denny Willis
  • Rincon Market Catering
  • Old Pueblo Theatrical SolutionsFrank Calsbeek
  • Home-made Dutch Oven Cobbler -Tom & Cheryl Rogos
  • Interpretive Hikes of the Heritage Discovery TrailGail Corkill
  • Parking and Logistics Leadership and Equipment – Faith Boice and Steve Boice 
  • Emergency Logistics Coordination - Marti Conroy 
  • Gift Shop Lead Coordinator -Kimberly Patterson 
  • ERF Lead Docent, Archivist and  RU Volunteer Coordinator – Alison Bunting 
  • Kid’s Corral –   Mustang, Rafael and Rattlesnake 4 H Clubs
  • Miniature Horses – S & N Ranch
  • Non-profit Partners
  • Stick Horse Decorating - Lucinda Iverson
  • Tortilla Making – Lydia Martinez
  • Western Authors
  • Western Re-enactors -Arizona Ghostriders
  • The Bureau of Land ManagementVi Hilman, Catie Fenn and Chris Schrager
  • Schouten and Sullivan CPAs, Sonoita, Nancy Dryden and Beth Sullivan


  • ERF Roundup Committee, Lucinda Iverson, Chair
  • Ron Martin, ERF President 
  • ERF Board of Directors
  • Silent Auction TeamKathie Schindel, Peggy Theibert and Sally Reichardt and Gene Raymond
  • All of the selfless wonderful Volunteers who do all of the heavy lifting and work behind the scenes before and after the event