Roundup & Open House


Make your plans today to join us at the Historic Empire Ranch for the 2014 Roundup & Open House on Saturday, Nov. 1, 2014.   

See YOU at the Ranch!


The Roundup & Open House on Saturday, Nov. 1, 2014 will showcase the Empire Ranch in all its glory — past, present & future! We expect approximately 2500 people to come to enjoy presentations and demonstrations to engage children and adults in the history and lore of the Old West. Throughout the day attendees will re-live cowboy traditions, watch exciting arena events featuring roping and riding, western skill demonstrations, “Cowboy Conversations,”  kid’s corral, Western music, Western authors arena, food, auctions, and raffles. The Roundup & Open House provides a day long Western experience at the Historic Empire Ranch.

We need your help! Volunteer for the day or consider signing up for set up or take-down. PLEASE contact Ali Boelts ERF Admin at for information about the event or available volunteer opportunities.

The Roundup is a community effort. Your support of this authentic event is greatly appreciated.  Click here to learn about being a Sponsor, Auction Donor, or Volunteer. 


Information on the 2013 Event:

  • For more about the 2013 Roundup, including a list of sponsors and auction donors, read the November newsletter here.
  • Photos from the 2013 Roundup & Open House are posted on our Facebook Page. View the album of photos here.

2013 Lead Sponsors

Anonymous Jim Click Automotive Team
Arbuckles Coffee Roasters National Environmental Education Foundation
Classic Tents Roberts & Associates, PLLC
Green Valley Pecans Schouten & Sullivan
Jack Furrier Western Tire & Auto Tucson Rodeo Parade Museum

2013 Friends & Supporters ($100-$499)

Anonymous Santa Cruz County Cowbelles
Babacomari Ranch Barbara J Schild
Craig Bell & Maureen O’Brien Jacqui Tibbs
Capital Wealth Investments Trifam Foundation
Bonnie Day Carl & Jan Vail
Katie & Bruce Dusenberry Lea Ward
Hydra Leather Donald & Nancy Webster
Bob Pieper









Our Thanks to the Presenters at the 2013 Roundup & Open House


  • Balderrama Family’s Dancing Horses of Rio Rico
  • Military Riding, B Troop, 4th U.S. Cavalry (Mem.)
  • Tombstone Ghost Riders/Cowboy Mounted Shooters
  • Ranch Roping & Cattle Handling - Joel Eliot, Brian Baldwin & David Kay
  • Jabez Ranch Horsemanship DemoBruce Norton
  • Horse’n Around Rescue Ranch Rehabilitation DemoSteve Boice


  • Adobe BrickmakingChris Schrager, David Yubeta
  • Basics of BlacksmithingCasey Abbs
  • Branding Iron LoreBill Schock
  • Farrier’s Work of Shoeing HorsesJohn Russell
  • Kid’s Corral – by Local 4 H Clubs
  • Lessons of Leather CarvingBen Claridge
  • Making Your Own Reata - Dick Schorr
  • Packing Mules for the Back Country - Lyman Family
  • Stories of Saddle MakingLynne London & Kevin Berry
  • Weaving Horsehair RopeJesús García
  • Wood Carving ArtistryLouis David Valenzuela


  • Western Movies – Bob Shelton/Don Collier
  • The Gunfight at OK Corral – Scott Dyke
  • Cowboying in the Old Days – Eddie Gardner
  • Edward Vail Story Van Fowers
  • Guns of the Old West - John R. Larkin
  • History of Cordage & Horsehair RopemakingJesús García
  • Living History of Buffalo Bill - Dane Johnson
  • Mountain Men MysteriesPJ Lawton
  • Life of a 1953 Working CowboyNorman Hinman
  • Texas Sheriff John SlaughterJohn R. Larkin
  • Vail Family VignettesSusan Vail Hoffman
  • Working Empire Ranch Cowboy (1940′s) - Gerald Korte


  • Way Out West Western Band
  • Mariachi Apaches of Nogales High School
  • Janice Deardorff, Western singer/songwriter

Directions from Tucson

Take I-10 east; take exit 281 onto Scenic Highway 83 south toward Sonoita; go 18 miles to just past milepost 40. Turn left at the “Empire Ranch Historic Site” sign. Driving instructions with map.