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The 34th Annual Benefit

& Western Collectable Sale

Thank you to the Sponsors, donors and attendees to the 34th Annual Vaquero Show.

Thanks to our honorees of the year.

The 34th Annual Vaquero Show & Western Collectable Sale honors the lifestyle, culture and renowned horsemanship of the California Vaquero (cowboy) which evolved into a distinctive style of apparel, tack, saddles and other unique horse equipment. All proceeds from the Vaquero Show & Western Collectable Sale events benefit the non-profit SYVHM in its mission of creating a better future for the Santa Ynez Valley by inspiring generations to find wonder and meaning in our past.

    National Trust for Historic Preservation

    California Historical Society American Association of Museums

    American Association for State and Local HistoryWestern Museums Association

  California Association of Museums



25 noted artisans, craftsmen and collectors from throughout the western United States will gather to display and sell their custom, hand-tooled leather saddles, braided Vaquero styled riatas, silver spurs, bridles, bits, and reins. The show also features quality western art, classic apparel, old West memorabilia, custom boots, hand crafted jewelry, leather goods, hats, books and collectables. Throughout the weekend, there will be live demonstrations of the unique styles of the Californio Vaquero tradition from experts including 2012 Vaquero of the Year Bruce Sandifer.

An individual who exemplifies the Vaquero lifestyle or is actively involved in the preservation of Vaquero heritage is selected as the “Honored Vaquero” each year. Paul Righetti has been named the 2018 Honored Vaquero (pictured at left astride his horse, Peyton Manning). A fourth generation Santa Maria rancher, Paul was born in 1948 and is a graduate of Righetti High School (named after his uncle) and Cal Poly, San Luis Obispo. His great-grandfather started the Righetti cattle operation in 1886 and Paul took over the enterprise when his father died unexpectedly at a young age in 1979.

In 1970, Paul married Susan Minetti (whose parents Clarence and Rosalie founded the Far Western Tavern); joining two celebrated Santa Maria families by marriage. All of Paul’s family members and in-law relations are involved in the ranching enterprise including his son, Tim, and his daughter, Renee. The family is dedicated to organic ranching techniques and strategies as an integral part of their business plan. Paul’s commitment to the Vaquero way of honoring the land and his family shine through his entire life.

Jim Stuckenberg has been named 2018 Vaquero Artist of the Year (pictured at right). . He is known as one of the last true “Cowboy Artists,” as widely recognized and sought after as Frederic Remington and C.M Russell. Stuckenberg was born deaf in 1943 on a farm in St. Louis, Missouri; learned to read lips at age four; graduated high school and received a degree in animal science from Fresno State University. His love of horses led him to work for famed racehorse trainer D. Wayne Lukas where he began dabbling with watercolor painting and eventually moved into Western sculpture, oils, pen & ink, and pencil artwork. Stuckenberg’s artistic career has expanded exponentially over the decades, with many private and corporate collectors including President Ronald Reagan, Fess Parker, the Hearst family, and Wells Fargo; and he has shows in galleries and museums nationwide. He has also continued his equestrian life as the owner and trainer of many champion horses. Art critic George Batten stated, “One day Jim Stuckenberg’s works will be compared to the great artists of yesterday and today. But the fact is that it is already happening.”


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Artiste Winery, Ballard Inn, Bedford Winery, Bradley Family Winery,
Brander Vineyards, Branquinho Ranch, Brother’s at the Red Barn,
Carhartt Vineyards, Casa Cassara, Casa Dumetz Winery, Chamberlin Family,
Charlie Cappell, Charlie One Hats The Chef’s Touch, Clairmont Farms,
Coquelicot Estate Wines, Cottage Health, Dan Lord, Dascomb Cellars,
Denis Carroll, Dierberg & Starlane Vineyards, Dragonette Cellars, El Rancho Market,
Falcone Family Vineyards, Far Western Tavern Foxen Vineyard, Frequency Wines,
Graham Goodfield and Los Padres Outfitters, LLC Hitching Post Wines,
Jack Clymer, Jerry & Inge Plier, Jim Glines and the Community Bank of Santa Maria,
Jim Jackson & Alisal Ranch Jim Stuckenberg, Artist of the Year, Jorian Hill,
Ken Karas, KJ Concrete, LaFond Winery, Larry O’Callaghan, Maili Halme,
Marborg Industries Margerum Wine Company, Margee Lennard, Memo Gracida,
Mosby Wines, New Frontiers Market Nielson’s Market, Nita Vail, Olive Hill Farm,
Oreana Winery, Paul Righetti, Vaquero of the Year Reid and Robin Cederlof,
Resitol, Santa Barbara Winery, Shelby Hughes, Sid and Linda Kastner,
Solvang Farmer, Standing Sun Wines, SY Kitchen, SYVCH Foundation,
Wild Wild Rags, Zaca Creek Golf Course