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7th Annual Early Californios Skills of the Rancho

Save the Date: The California Bridlehorse Association is excited to announce that the 7th Annual Early Californios Skils of the Rancho will be held at the historical Tejon Ranch July 12-14, 2019. 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 at Tejon Ranch 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, 2019.

The address for Tejon Ranch Headquarters is 4436 Lebec Road, Tejon Ranch, CA 93243 (661.248.3000). Click here for a regional map.

Event Descriptions, Rules, Schedule of Events (Including Go Order) and Scoring

One of the main goals of this competition is to preserve and pass on the values and skills of the early Californios stockmen and bridlemen. All competitors should, at all times, try their best to uphold these values throughout the entire competition, whether in the arena or not. Respect should be shown to horses, cattle, and other competitors at all times. We are here because we believe in this manner of working, and want to see it continued. We are all on the same team in a way.

Click on the links below to see Event Descriptions, Schedule and Go Order and General Rules and Judging Criteria for the 2018 CBA Skills. We will update these for this year's CBA Skills soon; check back here for details. (Note: you will need Adobe Acrobat to open these *.pdf files; if you don't have Adobe Acrobat on your computer, click here to download it for free)

Event Descriptions

Schedule and Go Order

General Rules and Judging Criteria

Here were the Ranch Patterns for the 2018 Skills competition:

Green Novice and Green Youth

All Other Classes

Sign Up for the 7th Annual Early Californios Skills of the Rancho

As with last year, you will complete and submit the Entry Form on-line. You can pay your entry fee on-line as well using Paypal or a credit card. You can also pay by check but note that your entry is not official until payment is received. Also note that all events have a limited number of riders; you may lose your event if payment is received late.

We strongly recommend you read the event descriptions and rules and scoring information provided above before signing up. It is important you sign up for the class of event that best fits your skill level; the event descriptions can guide you.

Also note that there are limits to the number of participants in each event. If your event is full, the on-line form offers an option to add your name to a waiting list for that event. You are not charged for the event until you are officially entered.

Important: Waiver and Release of Liability. Before you can compete in the Skills we must have a signed Waiver and Release of Liability form on file. However, you can enter the Skills using the on-line entry form (see link below) without the waiver but your entry will be canceled if we don't receive the signed waiver. Please print the Waiver and Release of Liability Form, sign it and mail it to:

Cindy Wilson
10616 McBroom St #2
Sunland, CA 91040

Registration Opens Sunday April 14th. The On-line Skills 2018 Registration Form will be available on Sunday, April 14, at 8:00AM Pacific. Check back here then for the link to the Entry Form.

Fee Schedule. Click here to see the fees for the various events and the fees for camping, horse pens, horse stalls and meals.

Meal Menu and Meal Tickets

Meals will be available at Tejon Ranch. Click on the following link to see the meals menu.

Meal Menu

The complete meal package is $100 for an adult and $60 for a child (12 and under), starting with dinner on Thursday through lunch on Sunday. Individual meals are $10 for breakfast, $15 for lunch, and $20 for dinner.

To order the complete meal package or individual meal tickets, please contact Kenny Gallinger at Tejon Ranch by July 8th using Facebook messenger or by email at You will pay Kenny on arrival either with cash or check.

Camping and Horse Accommodations

Camping, horse stalls and pens are available at Tejon Ranch. Dry camping is $10/night and RV hookups are $50/night. An uncovered horse pen is $15/night and covered stalls (solid sided) are $25/night (includes 1 bag of shavings)>

To reserve camping, horse pens or stalls, please contact Hillary at Tejon Ranch; her email address is Payment is due upon arrival.

Vendor and Sponsorship Information

The interest and attendance at the Annual Early Californios Skills of the Rancho continues to grow each year. It is a great venue for marketing, showing, and selling your product or showing your support for the Californios Bridlehorse Association. For vendor information, please email Elena Juarez or call her at 619-606-7119. Click here for a Vendor Application Form.

If you would like to become a Sponsor at this year's event, please email Cindy Wilson or call her at 626.318.4691. Click here for detailed Sponsorship information.


If you are interested in donating a prize, awarded to riders on Sunday afternoon, with recognition of donor, business, artist, etc., please email Pamela Ziemann or call her at 661.917.1183.