Empire Ranch Foundation

2023 Cowboy Festival Program

2023 Cowboy Festival Program


Saturday, November 4, 2023

  • 10 am–Presenting the Colors, B-Troop; National Anthem, Sonora Schmitt
  • 10:05 am–B Troop 4th U.S. Cavalry (Mounted Calvary Demo)
  • 10:45 am–Regi Richter (Horsemanship)
  • 11:15 am–Joel Eliot & George Masek (Cattle Demo)
  • 12 pm–Tombstone Ghost Riders (Mounted Shooting)
  • 12:45 pm–Spanish Barb Horses
  • 1:15 pm–B Troop 4th U.S. Cavalry (Mounted Calvary Demo)
  • 2:00 pm–Tombstone Ghost Riders (Mounted Shooting)
  • 2:45 pm–Joel Eliot & George Masek (Cattle Demo)
  • 3:30 pm–Regi Richter (Horsemanship)

Sunday, November 5, 2023

  • 10 am–Presenting the Colors, B-Troop; National Anthem, Sonora Schmitt
  • 10:05 am–Joel Eliot (Cattle Demo)
  • 11 am–Regi Richter (Horsemanship)
  • 11:30 am–B Troop 4th U.S. Cavalry (Mounted Calvary Demo)
  • 12:30 pm–Tombstone Ghost Riders (Mounted Shooting)
  • 1:15 pm–Spanish Barb Horses
  • 1:45 pm–Joel Eliot (Cattle Demo)
  • 2:30 pm–Tombstone Ghost Riders (Mounted Shooting)
  • 3:15 pm–Regi Richter (Horsemanship)


Saturday, November 4, 2023

Sunday, November 5, 2023



Saturday, November 4, 2023

  • 10 am–Mark Santiago, “Who Are You & What Are You Doing Here?: Daily Life in a Spanish Presidio in the 18th Century”
  • 11 am–Dawn Moore Santiago, “’One of the Coolest & Bravest Men in the Southwest Country’: Estevan Ochoa, Hispanic-American Entrepreneur of Arizona & New Mexico”
  • 12 pm–Doug Hocking, “Mining and Prospecting”
  • 1 pm–Rick Collins, “Quirky Episodes of Death and Danger in the Santa Cruz Valley”
  • 2 pm–Dawn Hawkins, “History of the Mescal Movie Set”
  • 3 pm–Bunker DeFrance, Marty Freese, Gene Freese, “In Front & Behind the Camera”

Sunday, November 5, 2023

  • 10 am–Doug Hocking, “Exploits of the High Five Gang”
  • 11 am–Jay Van Orden, “There’s No Such Thing as an Apache”
  • 12 pm–Sunshine Arrington, “Ranching From the Teenager’s Perspective”
  • 1 pm–Faith Boice McCabe, “The Boice Family Legacy”




Take a 45-minute trail ride. Riders must be age 8 or older; a parent/guardian must ride with children under 18 years of age. Registration fee is $50. Rides depart at 10:30 am, 11:45am, 1:00 pm, 2:15 pm, and 3:15 pm.


  • Craving Sweets and Treats (panini sandwiches, freeze dried candy, lemonade, iced tea, italian sodas, lotus energy drinks, cotton candy)
  • El Taco Asere Hot Dogs y Mas (authentic Mexican food: tacos, burros, hot dogs y more)
  • Fiesta Filipina (Filipino & Asian Cuisine)
  • Willysphillys (Philly cheese steaks, hamburgers, hot dogs, deep fried chicken bacon pocket, fries & sides)

STEAK FRY DINNER (Saturday, November 5th from 5:30 to 7 pm)

Lucky 7 Chuckwagon will be serving up a 10 oz. T-Bone Steak, Scalloped Potatoes, French style Green Beans, Salad w/Ranch dressing, Biscuits and Apple Cobbler for dessert! Live music by Mountain Saddle Band will accompany your meal.


  • Apache ATV Tours (guided ATV tours of SE AZ)
  • AZWoodenFlagCo (handmade wooden American flags and wooden American flag crosses, wooden crosses, laser engraved slate stone drink coasters and leather wrapped flasks, wooden beer bottle openers, Native American and other jewelry)
  • Besquare Bags and More (aprons, towels, turtle mops, burrito baby blankets)
  • BlackJack Citrus Infusions (lemonade)
  • The Candle Bunkhouse (hand-made & hand-poured soy candles, room sprays, and car air-diffusers)
  • Cool Barrels (custom fire pits and lightboxes)
  • Giselle Billeaudeau (sterling silver rings, purses, wallets and belt buckles)
  • Kvasnicka Horseshoe and Woodworking Projects (horse shoe art and home decor projects)
  • Little Green Bags (handmade purses, tote bags, back packs and wallets)
  • Mescal Movie Set (film location for western movies)
  • Naughty Donkey (western jewelry, wine coasters, wind glass charms)
  • Ranch Revolution Designs (sublimation shirts, mugs, tumblers, car air fresheners and earrings)
  • Renewal by Anderson (custom built and replacement energy efficient windows and doors)
  • Rusty Paws (functional art from repurposed metal; laser engraved cork and wood items)
  • Sierra Sweets (freeze dried candy)
  • Tombstone Pottery (handmade and wheel thrown functional pottery)
  • Vera Earl Premium Beef (grass fed, grain finished premium beef)
  • Western Creations (windchimes, horseshoe, railroad spike, and double claw art)
  • Wild West Turquoise LLC (sterling, silver, Native American, jewelry, and accessories)
  • Windsor Hats Shoppe (sun hats, fun hats, church hats, Steampunk, Cowboy and more)