The Santa Ynez Valley Historical Museum and Parks-Janeway Carriage House (SYVHM) is thrilled to announce the return of the Santa Ynez Valley’s most popular fall event celebrating Western lifestyle and horsemanship in the community – the 37th Annual Vaquero Gala, Show and Sale, on November, 12, 13 and 14. The 3-day fundraising event, honoring the unique culture and equine skills of the California “Vaquero” (cowboy), takes place at SYVHM, located at 3596 Sagunto Street in Santa Ynez, California.
The Friday evening Gala takes place November 12th from 5 p.m. to 9 p.m. – a historically sold-out event. There will be cocktails and wine generously provided by Gainey Vineyards and a sumptuous dinner prepared by Testa Catering. The highlight of the evening is the presentation of the annual “Vaquero of the Year” award, which goes to John McCarty, a legendary cattleman. Tickets are $200. Tickets may be purchased in advance at the Vaquero Show, online at santaynezmuseum.org or at the door.
On Saturday, November 13th and Sunday, November 14th the Vaquero Sale takes place from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. and on Sunday from 10 a.m. to 3 p.m. Attendees will enjoy a shopping experience that features a gathering of noted artisans and collectors from throughout the western United States as well as local vendors. The craftspeople will have on display for sale hand-tooled leather saddles, braided Vaquero-styled riatas, bridles, reins, and other Vaquero inspired horse tack as well as quality Western artwork, apparel, jewelry, memorabilia, house decor and collectibles. Entrance fee is $5.00 at the door.
On Saturday, November 13th, There will be traditional Vaquero horsemanship demonstrations by Heather Kornemann. Also, colorful demonstrations of traditional dances that were popular during the days of local Vaquero fiestas performed by Baile de California. Visitors will enjoy a delicious lunch available for sale catered by the Elks Lodge. NEW this year is Pig Roast and Barn Dance at the Pork Palace, with live country-swing music by Monte Mills & the Lucky Horseshoe Band at 5:30 p.m. Cost is $65 per person, $165 per family.
Health and Safety requirements for attendance:
In accordance with Santa Barbara County Health Department COVID mandates, all patrons must bring and wear their own face covering that fully covers both nose and mouth with ear loops (or similar) to hold it securely in place inside the galleries. Bandanas, gaiters and masks with external valves are not permitted. Face shields alone are not adequate protection. Mask-wearing is also strongly encouraged in outdoor spaces.
Date: November 12, 13 and 14
Time: Visit website
Price: $5 at the door
Location: 3596 Sagunto Street in Santa Ynez, California