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Santa Ynez Valley Historical Museum Presents 32nd Annual Vaquero Show


Posted: Tuesday, November 8, 2016

By: Laura Kath (Expired article)

Santa Ynez, CA -

The public is invited to attend the 32nd Annual Vaquero Show & Sale from Friday, November 11 through Sunday, November 13, 2016, at the Santa Ynez Valley Historical Museum located at 3596 Sagunto Street in Santa Ynez. All proceeds from the Vaquero Show & Sale benefit the non-profit museum in its mission to collect, preserve and share the rich history of the region. During this 32nd Annual Vaquero Show & Sale weekend, 50 noted artisans, craftsmen and collectors from throughout the western United States will gather to display and sell their custom, hand-tooled leather saddles, braided Vaquero styled riatas, silver spurs, bridles, bits, and reins. The show also features quality western art, classic apparel, old West memorabilia, custom boots, hand crafted jewelry, leather goods, hats, books and collectibles

Throughout the weekend, there will be live demonstrations of the unique styles of the Californio Vaquero roping tradition from experts including Pat & Deb Puckett and Bruce Sandifer working with their bridle horses. Guests will learn the timeless methods that the early California Vaqueros used to work cattle in the safest, most humane ways on the vast open range of the mid-1800’s.

Pictured: Bruce Sandifer demonstrates how to put leather bosal on his horse.

Advance ticket sales for the Viva los Vaqueros Preview & Dinner Party and “Cowboy Campfire” are online at www.santaynezmuseum.org or at the Santa Ynez Valley Historical Museum, located on the corner of Sagunto and Faraday (3596 Sagunto Street) or by phoning 805-688-7889. Tickets for Saturday and Sunday Vaquero Show and live roping demonstrations are $5 per day and may be purchased at the gate.

The Vaquero Show & Sales is a community event, sponsored, in part, by Visit Santa Ynez Valley, museum members and local business supporters.

According to Museum Executive Director Chris Bashforth, this special weekend celebration is dedicated to honoring the lifestyle, culture and renowned horsemanship of the California Vaquero (cowboy). Known for their legendary equestrian skills, the Vaqueros developed their unique style of horsemanship while tending the immense mission herds for 80 years before the Texas cowboy appeared on the North American scene. Influenced by the Spanish, Indians, Mexicans, and Gringos, these hard riding pioneer cow hands developed their own unique Vaquero “culture” into a fine art during California’s Mission and Rancho eras. The most skilled of the Vaquero equestrians were often referred to as “Californios.”

Even today, the Vaquero’s influence can still be seen in the techniques used by the cattle industry in California. It is this Vaquero horsemanship, gear, and lifestyle that have remained a part of California heritage and continue to be preserved and celebrated with events like the Vaquero Show & Sale at the Santa Ynez Valley Historical Museum.

For more information, visit the 32nd Annual Vaquero Show & Sale Facebook page or www.santaynezmuseum.org.





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