Manes & Trails: Community help needed to restore Ramona’s Historic Rodeo Arena
Restoration efforts have been under way for some time to recondition the arena for public use. The community is being asked to come out and help this weekend get some painting done and possibly begin work on the old bucking chutes.
John Degenfelder and others have been working on the arena over several weekends — removing old rusty wire, sanding the pipe arena fencing, cleaning up broken down unusable portions of what was once the Rodeo Arena in Ramona. There are no plans whatsoever to make the arena rodeo ready, Degenfelder said,
“Ramona already has a beautiful venue at the Fred Grand Arena for the rodeo in Ramona. We want to fix this up to become another public arena, like the one at Holly Oaks, for people to use. This arena may be able to be used for people and their horses but, unlike Holly Oaks, we’d like to see this arena made available for people and their dogs, maybe sheep dog trials or dog shows and other things people in our community like to do.”
I was excited to see the wonderful condition the arena fencing is in after all the years of just sitting there and hope the restoration work being performed will help preserve it for more years.
Just off Montecito Way near the Ramona Airport, the Historic Arena, for lack of any other name to call it at this time, is accessible from “The Acres” and other surrounding neighborhoods without use of a vehicle and the large size makes it a good candidate for so many uses by the community. I haven’t measured it yet, but it looks like approximately 200 feet by 400 feet.
The original judge’s stand towers over the arena and is an amazing sight indeed. Made of wood, it’s not usable at this time, but it’s an amazing piece of Ramona history not seen by most, since this area is off the beaten path.
On Saturday, signs will be placed on Montecito Way and the unnamed dirt road that leads to the arena. Take Montecito Road toward the airport, turn right on Montecito Way and about a mile down start looking for the signs on the left, turn at the signs down the dirt road, and park at the gate to head into the arena area.
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