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4th Annual Early Californios Skills of the Rancho

The 4th Annual Early Californios Skills of the Rancho was held July 15-17, 2016 at the Elks Rodeo Grounds in Santa Maria, California. Building on the success of the first event in 2013 in Santa Ynez, CA, “Skills” has grown to be one of the largest gatherings of California Bridlehorse devotees. The event showcases skills needed to effectively, efficiently and safely handle livestock while preserving the horsemanship skills and traditions handed down over generations beginning with the early Californios vaqueros.

We invite your participation as a competitor, vendor, sponsor, or observer in Santa Maria to share with us all the appreciation we have for this style of horsemanship. Devotees, craftsmen and artisans who embrace these traditions have few places to come together. We look forward to you joining us in July.


The Participants' Placement recognition went to these individuals:

Top Hand: Jeff Derby
Best Head Loop: Billy Askew
Best Heel Loop: Dwight Hill

For a complete listing of the Final Results, click here.