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For Immediate Release:   October 21, 2016
Contact:  Chris Bashforth, Executive Director;

805-688-7889 or
Santa Ynez Valley Historical Museum Presents 32nd Annual

~Events include Preview, Dinner, Two-Day Show, Live Roping Demonstrations PLUS New Cowboy Campfire Event

The Vaquero Show & Sale is the largest of its kind in California and is a must see for those interested in anything “Western.” A highlight of the weekend celebration is the gathering of noted artisans and collectors from throughout the United States displaying and selling hand-tooled leather saddles, braided vaquero-styled riatas, bridles, reins, and other Vaquero inspired horse tack as well as quality Western artwork, apparel, memorabilia and collectibles.

Santa Ynez, Santa Barbara County, California
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 Californio Vaqueros used to work cattle in the safest, most humane ways on the vast open range of the mid-1800’s.

Advance ticket sales for the Viva los Vaqueros Preview & Dinner Party and “Cowboy Campfire” are online at 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.
Schedule of Events for 32nd Annual Vaquero Show & Sale:

Friday, November 11, 2016

5:00 p.m.:  Viva los Vaqueros Preview & Dinner Party - Attendees will enjoy visiting exhibitor booths and an opportunity for early shopping before the show opens to the public on Saturday, while sampling luscious “horse d’oeuvres,”  local wines, cocktails and listening to toe tappin’ western tunes by Steve Woods.

6:30 p.m.: Special Recognition Ceremony ~ Families of Rancho San Julian – Celebrating the Poetts and founding families of Rancho San Julian, one of the last, great Spanish-Mexican land grants that remain in the family of the original grantee in California.   Live auction follows Recognition Ceremony.  The bidding is fast and furious at this traditional event with all proceeds supporting the sustainability of the Museum, its educational programming and history exhibitions

7:30 p.m.: Gala Dinner - A scrumptious sirloin and stuffed chicken dinner with all the trimmings (as well as a vegetarian option) by JR Catering will be served buffet-style in the Museum courtyard-.  Friday evening event tickets are $80 for museum members and $90 for non-members. (Tickets include preview show with reception, dinner, a drink ticket, auction and entertainment)

Saturday, November 12, 2016  

9:00 a.m.-5:00 p.m.:  Vaquero Show & Sale at the Historical Museum. $5 for a one-day pass available at the gate.

11:00 a.m.:  Live Vaquero Roping Demonstration by Pat and Deb Puckett. will demonstrate different loops, such as the Houlihan, del Viento and Johnny Blocker, which the Vaqueros used for different situations when doctoring or branding cattle—providing a special opportunity to see these skills in action.

11:00 a.m.-2:00 p.m.:  Cowboy BBQ Sandwich Lunch and Cocktails available for purchase in Museum courtyard.

12:00–4:00 p.m.:  Musical entertainment by Ron Miller of the Full Gallop Band in the Museum Courtyard

2:00 p.m.:  Live Vaquero Roping Demonstration by Boone Campbell, Bruce Sandifer and local Vaquero ropers

5:00 p.m.:  Exhibits close for today; will reopen on Sunday at 10:00 a.m

**NEW** 6:30-8:30 p.m.: Cowboy Campfire – Museum Courtyard

Gather around a cozy campfire in the Museum Courtyard for an evening of chili & corn bread supper, cowboy poetry by Dan Hess and Western music by local favorite Art Green (pictured above). Cost is $25 per person for chili supper and entertainment. Tickets available online at  and at the gate.

Sunday, November 13, 2016

10:00 a.m. - 3:00 p.m.:  Vaquero Show & Sale at the Historical Museum. $5 for a one-day pass available at the gate.

11:00 a.m.:  Live Vaquero Roping demonstration

11:00 a.m.-2:00 p.m.:  Cowboy BBQ Sandwich Lunch and cocktails available for purchase in Museum courtyard.

12:00–3:00 p.m.:  Western-style musical entertainment by Owen Johnston in the Museum Courtyard

1:00 p.m.:  The winning raffle ticket will be drawn for a one-of-a-kind custom bridle set handcrafted by noted artisans: beautiful headstall by Doug Cox, with silver appointments by Old Cow Dogs, bit by renowned bit maker Chuck Irwin, reins by Bruce Haener, bosal and braided rope by Bruce Sandifer. Winner need not be present to win. Raffle tickets are $5 each or $25 for a book of six tickets.

3:00 p.m.: 2016 Show Closes

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