gala, show and Vaquero sale raise funds for museum programs | Good for Santa Barbara

Posted on October 28, 2021
| 11:01 am

Source: Sarah Ettman-Sterner for the Santa Ynez Valley Historical Museum and Parks-Janeway Carriage House

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Western artwork depicts a person riding a horse. (Courtesy of artist Ernie Morris)

The 37th annual Vaquero Gala, Show and Sale, honoring the culture and equine skills of the California vaquero (cowboy), will be held November 12-14 at the Santa Ynez Valley Historical Museum and Parks-Janeway Carriage House (SYVHM), 3596 St. Sagunto, Santa Ynez.

A Friday night gala from 5 p.m. to 9 p.m. on November 12 will feature the annual Vaquero of the Year Award, which is given to legendary cattle rancher John McCarty. Cocktails and wine will be provided by Gainey Vineyards and dinner prepared by Testa Catering.

The Vaquero Show is the museum’s key fundraising event of the year. There will be a live auction featuring a variety of exclusive items, including a Hawaii condominium vacation and a fly fishing trip. The paddle auction generates funds for the museum’s growing essential programs for schoolchildren and adults.

Tickets cost $ 200 per person and are available by calling 805-688-7889 or on the museum’s website

Other events include the Vaquero sale, from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. on Saturday, November 13 and from 10 a.m. to 3 p.m. on Sunday, November 14. The shopping experience features renowned artisans and collectors from across the western United States, as well as local vendors.

Craftsmen will display for sale hand-crafted leather saddles, Vaquero-style braided riatas, bridles, reins and other Vaquero-inspired upholstery, as well as works of art, clothing, jewelry. , souvenirs, decorations and western collectibles.

Saturdays and Sundays also offer family activities such as traditional Vaquero riding demonstrations by Heather Kornemann; and traditional dance demonstrations that were popular during the local Vaquero festival days performed by Baile of California. Visitors can enjoy a lunch available for sale prepared by Elks Lodge.

New for 2021 will be a roast pork and barn dance Saturday at 5:30 p.m. at the Pork Palace, three miles south of Buellton at 1503 Hwy 101.

The crowd, dressed in their best jeans and boots, will dance to country-western swing music performed by yodeling cowboy Monte Mills and the Lucky Horseshoe Band. A farrier and auctioneer by profession, Mills has been instrumental in keeping traditional Western country swing music alive, introducing it to thousands of people every year.

Single tickets at $ 65 and family tickets at $ 125 can be purchased in advance at the Vaquero Show, online at, or at the door.

“On behalf of the Board of Directors, staff and our valued vendors, we are delighted to once again welcome our members and visitors, from across Santa Barbara County and beyond, to our beloved museum and for what promises to be a memorable weekend in Vaquero. said Joe Olla, outgoing president of SYVHM and chairman of the 2021 Vaquero organizing committee.

“We have worked diligently to create a safe and inviting atmosphere for you to participate in fantastic activities. And it’s a great place to shop for vacation items for family and friends, or for yourself, while supporting our mission, ”he said.

Vaqueros developed on the vast cattle ranchos of central California during the Spanish / Mexican colonial period. They mixed classic European riding with the rough, ready riding style of early California breeders. A distinctive style of clothing, saddlery, saddles and other unique equestrian equipment has evolved over time.

By the mid-1800s, these skilled riders were considered the best riders in the world.

“After 20 months of challenges due to the pandemic, the SYVHM family is delighted to see familiar and new faces at this year’s Vaquero event,” said Brian Stenfors, director of the museum. “We have implemented an incredible range of educational and cultural activities that showcase the spirit of the American West, especially the Santa Ynez Valley.

“This is one of the many ways we work to bring history to life and preserve precious traditions for future generations. I encourage people to go out to enjoy the festivities; you’re guaranteed to have a great time and it’s a great way to support our non-profit organization.

SYVHM acknowledges the support of the Wood-Claeyssens Foundation and thanks all Vaquero sponsors.

As per the COVID mandates of the Santa Barbara County Department of Health, all clients must bring and wear a face cover that fully covers the nose and mouth with earrings (or similar) to keep it securely in place. inside the galleries. Bandanas, gaiters and masks with external valves are not permitted. Face shields alone are not adequate protection.

Wearing a mask is also strongly encouraged in outdoor areas.

For more information or sponsorship, contact Teresa Mills, 805-688-7889 ext. 104 or [email protected]

Founded in 1961, the Santa Ynez Valley Historical Museum and Parks-Janeway Carriage House is the official custodian of the valley’s cultural history. Chumash and other basketry, Native American pottery and artifacts, as well as saddlery and saddlery for horses of yesteryear.

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