Santa Ynez, Santa Barbara County, California—The public is invited to attend the 28th annual Vaquero Show & Sale celebration from Friday, November 9 through Sunday, November 11, 2012; honoring the lifestyle and renowned horsemanship of the California Vaquero (cowboy).
Vaqueros developed on the expansive cattle ranchos of Central California during the Spanish/Mexican Colonial period. They blended classic European horsemanship and the ‘rough and ready' riding style of early California ranchers which evolved into a distinctive style of apparel, tack, saddles and other unique equine equipment.
All proceeds from the Vaquero Show benefit the non-profit Santa Ynez Valley Historical Museum and Carriage House in its mission to collect, preserve and share the rich history of the Santa Ynez Valley and to tell the early western transportation story. The Vaquero Show is a community event, sponsored, in part, by the Santa Ynez Valley Hotel Association (www.SYVHA.com), museum members and local business supporters.
Friday, November 9:
4:00-6:30 pm:Preview Party and Sale at the Historical Museum, 3596 Sagunto Street, Santa Ynez.Attendees enjoy cocktails and "horse d'oeuvres," live entertainment by Ron Miller and early buying privileges. Preview Party tickets only $20 at the door.
7:00-9:30 pm:Gala Dinner at the Solvang Veterans Hall, 1745 Mission Drive, Solvang. Meet 2012 Honored Vaquero Bruce Sandifer, Vaquero roper and horse trainer (pictured at left). A live auction will be held following the dinner to help raise funds for the Historical Museum.Gala Dinner tickets, priced at $85 each,include admission to the Preview Party.
Saturday, November 10, 2012
9:00 am-5:00 pm: Vaquero Show & Sale at the Historical Museum. $5 day pass or $7 for two-day pass.
11:00 am: Bruce Sandifer, Honored Vaquero, demonstrates the early Californio system of riding while explaining the balance points in each piece of riding gear and how they translate information to the horse.
11:00 am-2:00 pm: BBQ Beef Tri-tip Lunch available for purchase in Museum courtyard.
1:00–4:00 pm: Musical entertainment in the Museum Courtyard by Patrick Montgomery.
2:00 pm: Mike Bridges, well-known Vaquero horseman, will demonstrate the connection between the Spanish, Portuguese, Mexican and French influences relative to the development of the California Vaquero style horse training today.
Sunday, November 11, 2012
10:00 am - 3:00 pm: Vaquero Show & Sale at the Historical Museum. $5 for a one-day pass.
11:00 am: Jo Johnson -California Morgan horse breeder, will discuss theVaquero-style stages of bridle horse training and the significant role the working Morgan breed played in Vaquero history.
11:00am-2:00pm: BBQ Beef Tri-tip Lunch available for purchase in Museum courtyard.
Noon – 3:00pm: Live Music by Owen Johnston in the courtyard (pictured above).
Information and advanced ticket sales for the Preview Party, Gala Vaquero Dinner and Vaquero Show weekend are available at the Museum, 3596 Sagunto Street, by calling 805-688-7889 or online at the Museum website www.santaynezmuseum.org
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