Vaquero Fiesta details

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Spring Roping recap.

Californio Ranch Ropers:
Howdy! Hope all is well in your neck of the woods.
Our spring roping was well attended at Reed Valley Ranch. Thanks again to Don and Janet for hosting us. Lots of good roping and learning was done. Thanks as usual to our veteran ropers: Elvin, Jim M., Ray, Jim W. and others for sharing their expertise with use.
A few incidents in the pens reminds us that there is always more to learn. It also reminds us to stay alert and never take what we do for granted.
I received word from Richard Caldwell that Fiesta Vaquero is a go for 2013. It will be held again in Alturas on August 3rd and 4th. Applications are being taken now. (See the website or Facebook for details.) If you have not attended, I urge you to check it out. It’s a fine event and there is room for all levels of expertise. The drive is well worth the time and effort. If anyone is interested in partnering up, let me know.
Our summer roping at Reed Valley Ranch has been confirmed. Mark your calendars for September 14th and 15th.
Hope to see you down the trail,
Dave Matuszak

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Next club roping April 6th and 7th.

Californio Ranch Ropers:
Howdy! Hope all is well in your neck of the woods.
Our next roping at Reed Valley will be April 6th & 7th. Please contact Don & Janet ASAP and confirm that you will be coming.
 
 
Happy trails,
Dave Matuszak
For those of you not on Facebook, the following is a recap of Bruce’s roping event in Santa Ynez last month. First of all, hats off to Bruce, and all those responsible for hosting a great event. Most of us were pleasantly surprised at the magnitude and quality of the first annual event and look forward to next year.
Photos can be seen at:
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A few more pictures from Santa Ynez

Here are a few more pictures from Santa Ynez i took. Don’t forget to RSVP to Don at Reed Valley Ranch for our next club roping April 6 & 7. (Contact Reed Valley Ranch to Pre-Register. http://www.reedvalleyranch.com/Ranch manager (Don) phone: 951.581.4866)

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IMG_4792, a photo by Mike on Flickr.

Stock Horse Open Bridle winner Robin Bond

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IMG_4791, a photo by Mike on Flickr.

Pro/Am Sort and Rope 1st Gil, 2nd Dave

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Pro/Am Sort and Rope 1st place prize won by Gil

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Patti Martin’s pictures from Early Californio~Skills of the Rancho

Patti Martin is a great photographer and she took a ton of great shots up in Santa Ynez. Be sure to check out her gallery at
Patti Martin Photography on smugmug

Here are just a few of some of our members that attended (and won their share too).

Bruce telling the rules.

Bruce telling the rules.

Tarrant and Puckett.  With Beef on the line.

Tarrant and Puckett. With Beef on the line.

Elena Juarez

Victor Cruz

Gil

P.S. The next club roping will be April 6 & 7 at Reed Valley Ranch.

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Another one in the books

Californio Ranch Ropers:

Hope all is well in your neck of the woods. Our December roping went exceptionally well. The Saturday turnout was great and the Sunday turnout allowed us more than our fair share of roping. The weather was terrific, particularly warm for December. Of particular interest was the presence of Bruce Sandifer. After putting on his workshop on Friday, Bruce stayed through Sunday and roped with us. His guidance on the California way to gently handle cattle was inspiring. Thanks also to Jim McDougall, Elvin Walt, Ray Juarez, and Jim Wold for their help as well. Thanks again to Don and Janet Moore for hosting us. Janet, by the way, is looks great and is keeping up the good fight.

Many of us are heading up to rope in Bruce’s Californio Bridle Horse Association’s debut event in February at Santa Ynez. Hope you will join us. A date for our own April roping has not been set. Look for notification in the near future.

If you’re headed to NFR next weekend, stop by the “Cowboy Christmas” at the convention center to say hello. I’ll be signing the new vaquero edition of my Western movie book there Friday and Saturday.

Happy trails,
Dave Matuszak

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Next Club Roping December 8 / 9

Our next club roping at Reed Valley Ranch is fast approaching be sure to give Don and Janet your RSVP. For those interested in classic Californio horsemanship Bruce Sandifer will be holding a workshop the Friday before our roping (December 7) at Reed Valley Ranch. You can read more about Bruce on his website: http://brucesandifercbh.com/ . The cost is $255 based on a minimum of 6 riders. If you are interested in the workshop let me know. (megabit@cox.net)

Mike

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