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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.

Results, Prizes and Recap

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.

Click here to see the prizes awarded.

For a Recap of the event, click here.

Donors and Vendors

We wish to thank the many donors who provided prizes and finanical assistance to the 4th Annual Skills competition and the many vendors who participated in the event. Click on the links below to see who they are: