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April 19, 2015 (San Diego's East County) - The 9th annual Campo-Lake Morena Roundup is set to be held on Saturday, May 2nd at the Camp Lockett Event and Equesterian Facility (799 Forrest Gate Rd.) in Campo. Gates open at 7 a.m. with opening ceremonies at 9 a.m. and presentation of this year’s grand marshall at 10 a.m. Period costumes are welcome.

“Friends, if you have never visited the backcountry, this is the time! If you have, come on back!” a press release from the event organizer states.  “This event includes fun for the entire family. Enjoy a day in the country and witness how the cowboys ride, rope and brand cattle in the Ranch Branding Competition. Watch or participate in the Gene Martinez Memorial Horseshoe Tournament and try your luck at winning the trophy! An all day Gymkhana for kids and adults will also take place and the winners in five age divisions will be rewarded with buckles and ribbons. Participants can sign up at the event.”

Girls, ages 3-16, compete in 3 age divisions in the Miss Roundup Pageant. Sign ups for the Pageant must be received by April 22, 2015. The winners will reign over the Roundup and participate in occasional public appearances during the year, when available. An area will be located for Kids Games, next to the Miss Roundup competition. There will be relay races, three legged races, tug-of-war, roping, and a hula hoop contest, to name a few! These will be held all throughout the day.

Gunfight Skits will be hosted by The Hole in the wall Gang with special guests The Gaskills, who will reenact the famous Campo Gunfight of 1875.

The highlight of the day is always the mutton busting, an event for kids under 50 lbs. who ride using protective gear atop a sheep. The one who stays on the longest is the winner of the buckle. All other entrants receive awards for participating.

At the end of the Roundup is a fun family activity where kids, teens, adults and seniors alike don stick horses (bring your own or borrow one) and have an old fashioned stick horse raceThere are no awards for winners, just the knowledge that you beat your opponent.

Admission: $5 for Adults and Children age 6 and over

For Information Contact: Sam Leeper, (619) 478-2339

Several years ago, some Campo community members had the dream of developing an equestrian facility. Through their tenacity, this group of citizens used their personal resources and business contacts along with the help of Supervisor Diane Jacob to make the dream a reality. The Camp Lockett Event and Equestrian Facility is living proof that dedicated people can accomplish community oriented goals. Since its inception SDGE/SEMPRA has been a constant supporter of CLEEF and its events. 

Don Parent, the SDGE/SEMPRA local representative was the Grand Marshall of last years annual Roundup.

“We were able to publicly thank Don and SDGE/SEMPRA for their many contributions to the facilities growth. SDGE/SEMPA also sponsors grants to facilities like CLEEF for educational programs. In the backcountry we are currently developing programs to meet the needs of our residents. We then will apply for such grants to insure these worthwhile programs can be brought to the public,” says Lynn Neff on behalf of CLEEF.

The Camp Lockett Event and Equestrian Facility is located in Campo on the old Camp Lockett Army base. The facility is in its third year of operation and will host the yearly Roundup on Saturday May 2nd, 2015.  For more information:


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