Lakeside Equestrian Park

$67,008 of $150,000 goal

Raised by 420 people in 43 months
The East County Equestrian Foundation is raising $150,000 to benefit the future Lakeside Equestrian Park to be built by San Diego County. 

Visit our website for our upcoming fundraising events, sponsors and ways you can help with this great project. Become a member of the East County Equestrian Foundation and get our eNews updates.

Please remember that your donations do not go to membership to the Lakeside Equestrian Park, but to benefit the park. East County Equestrian Foundation is a 501©3 non-profit corporation.
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Oct. 2014 Cowboy Challenge Grosses over $7,000 in Entries, Sponsorships and Donations!

The East County Equestrian Foundation Cowboy Challenge held Oct. 14th on the site of the future Lakeside Equestrian Park had a great turnout. Youth, novice, amateur and open riders braved Chad Waldhauser’s challenging course to vie for prizes and prize money. ECEF President Michelle deVries sent the riders on course to face tough obstacles including a bridge, a gate, a mud puddle, the cowboy curtain and more. First place earned beautiful buckles and payback to amateur and open riders. Debra Eggert and Darla Frye helped reset the courses. Second place won a beautiful headstall, third place took home halters and fourth a nice gift basket. Over 100 competitors and spectators enjoyed the yummy bbq cooked up by ECEF vice president Julie Murphy and her husband Brian and served up by Monica Martin, CJ Truesdale and Darla Frye. Volunteers Bobbi Remnant and Karen Ensall manned the table of wonderful drawing prizes donated by Professional’s Choice, T&R Distributors, Carter’s Hay and Grain, Star Milling and Silvercreek Fine Art. Tom Laff of Southland Growers donated the beautiful color bowls.

The buckles were sponsored by: Don Bright of Lone Oak Ranch, Joe and Daya Salas of NTG Racing, Allen Parker Hay and Diamond D Feed. Dos Gabachos offered up a delicious hot breakfast and Cynthia Fraiser had her uWannaCup Coffee truck on site for tasty coffee drinks and smoothies.

John deVries prepped the grounds for the riders and several of the ECEF board of directors readied the property for the riders and spectators. Everyone was excited to enjoy the park and all were imaging how amazing it will be once San Diego County completes the facility. Banner sponsors were Realtor Sandy Angione, East County Feed and Adventures on Horseback. Check out the photos from the event on our Facebook page. And here’s a link to the story from The East County California by Ana Nita.

Next event is Nov. 18th – Benefit Dressage Clinic with Elizabeth Johnson at PepperTree in Poway. Rider fee is $100 and auditors $20. More info email or call 858-967-5765.

The Sept 23rd Reining Clinic raised over $700. Garrett Thurner taught a fun group including Missy Benker owner of the Secret Hills Ranch. Garrett enjoyed the riders and the auditors and Cheryl Erpelding donated a yummy lunch and carrot cake. Check out the photos on our FB page.

Realtor’s Stephanie Jensen and Barbara Ellis hosted an Open House Sip & Shop in Oct. and proceeds were added to ECEF’s fundraising efforts, bringing the total raised to date of $28,158 to date.

Soon to be announced will be the brick fundraiser. Watch your next email for details. We will bring you the details soon. The brick fundraiser will be another great way to support the Lakeside Equestrian Park. Email us to get on the list.

Your board of directors listed below, all put in many hours of work behind the scenes before and after the Cowboy Challenge. We thank you for your amazing support and hope you reach out to us with your fundraising ideas. President – Michelle deVries, Vice President - Julie Murphy, Secretary – Debra Eggert, Treasurer – Darla Frye. Remainder of the board members: Victor Bermudes, Sioux Munyon, Marty Barnard, Don Bright, Matt Jones and Cheryl Erpelding.
Kathy Bast winner of the Open Division.
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Be sure to visit East County Feed or San Diego Saddlery and get your Lakeside Equestrian Park hat or visit to have a hat sent to you.
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Thanks for your donations for the future Lakeside Equestrian Park. Be sure to buy your Sept. 9 4pm BBQ tickets in advance - buy at or at East County Feed.
BBQ Sept. 9th 4PM - must RSVP in advance
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Thanks for everyone that has joined the East County Equestrian Foundation, bought hats, and has donated to help us raise the operations and maintenance funds for the Lakeside Equestrian Park. We now have over 200 members that are supporting the park and have raised $17,563 with many fundraisers in the works.

The ECEF board members met with Supervisor Jacob and the Department of Parks Aug. 10th. The current status of the Lakeside Park is:

“The Department of Parks and Recreation is working on the design and environmental phase of the Lakeside Equestrian Park. The environmental process is the lengthiest part of this phase, but it is expected to wrap up in Spring 2018 after which they will seek funding for the next fiscal year – July 2018. If all goes according to plan, groundbreaking could commence in late 2018. A rendering of the facility is in the works and will be posted at the site upon completion.”

The next fundraiser is the BBQ at Lone Oak Ranch. Sept. 9th. Tickets are $10/person and must be purchased in advance. We are having a Bake Sale at the BBQ. Bring a baked good to donate, to sell, or bring some extra cash for your favorite desert!

You can get your BBQ tickets online or at East County Feed. PLEASE BUY IN ADVANCE SO WE HAVE ENOUGH FOOD.

A couple of donors are hanging banners at the BBQ and the Oct. 14th Cowboy Challenge. Call or email us if you would like the information on hanging banners at our events to help us reach our goals.

The buckles for the winners of the Cowboy Challenge are ready! We thank our buckle sponsors: Don Bright of Lone Oak Ranch, Diamond D Feed, Allen & Cindy Parker, Joe & Daya Salas of NTG Racing.

San Diego Saddlery and R.A. White Construction sponsored our next batch of hats. These hats will be black with tan logo. We will have the new hats at the BBQ, East County Feed, San Diego Saddlery, or get one from a board member.

Please remember that your donations do not go to membership to the Lakeside Equestrian Park, but towards funds to operate and maintain the park. East County Equestrian Foundation is a 501©3 non-profit corporation.

For info on our upcoming Reining and Dressage benefit clinics visit our website
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$67,008 of $150,000 goal

Raised by 420 people in 43 months
Created June 4, 2015
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Don Bright
2 months ago (Offline Donation)

A gift of a brick to Don Bright from his friends - thank you for your huge contributions to East County Equestrian Foundation and the Lakeside Equestrian Park.

Benefit Dressage Show at Sweetwater Farms
2 months ago (Offline Donation)

Thank you Roberta and Dave Jackson for donating your facility and Tiffany Silverman for donating her judging. Thank you to all that rode or volunteered!

Richard Freed
2 months ago (Offline Donation)

Brick in the Lakeside Equestrian Park

Janet Stuckrath
2 months ago (Offline Donation)

2018 membership to the East County Equestrian Foundation

Susie and Walt Kirkwood
2 months ago (Offline Donation)

Donation for Cheryl Erpelding's Birthday

Carol Matzenauer
2 months ago (Offline Donation)

2018 membership to East County Equestrian Foundation.

Richard Nasif
2 months ago (Offline Donation)

2018 membership to East County Equestrian Foundation

Barbara Hughes
2 months ago (Offline Donation)

Monthly Donation

Custom Ink T-shirt fundraiser
2 months ago (Offline Donation)

Thanks to all that got shirts.

Linda Tagney
2 months ago (Offline Donation)

For Don Bright's 80th Bday

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