Preserving the Legacy  

California vaquero-style represents integrity with bridle horsemanship and a knowledge and respect for handcrafted gear – rawhide riatas, hair ropes, headstalls, spade bits, spurs, silver adornments. Many individuals and skilled artisans continue these traditions related to California’s vaquero heritage. VH Times supports their passion and dedication to upholding vaquero traditions. We hope you will too!

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Old Cowdogs – since 1989 celebrating the horse and cattle culture of the Pacific Slope in Fine Art, Books, Saddle Silver & Spanish Ornamentation. A unique collection and important work by true Westerners who lived – and live – respectful lives of stewardship toward the land and appreciating fine horsemanship.

Visit www.oldcowdogs.com

Vaquero Heritage Days – travel back in time and embrace the early California vaquero traditions at the St. Francis Retreat Center on Rancho San Justo, once original mission land where vaqueros lived and tended the vast herds of livestock. Artisan Show & Sale - gear makers, fine art, silversmiths, bits & spurs, exhibits, vaquero horsemen demos, evening concerts and much more! Proceeds benefit the Retreat Center a significant part of CA history.

Visit www.vaqueroheritagedays.com

Flat Hat Trading – Flat Hat Rancho is located in the rolling foothills of the Sierra Nevada. Find true buckaroo items like fine palm leaf flat hats, exclusive "Muddy" Rhoads engraved silver, vintage & contemporary cowboy gear, bits, spurs, silver embellishments, western art, books & collectible memorabilia. Browse the site and contact them.

Visit www.flathattrading.com

 

Flat Hat Trading & Publishing - situated on the Flat Hat Rancho, author Joanne Rhoads brings to life stories of the West in her children's book series offered in hardback, easy to read with full color original illustrations by western artist Larry Bute. Great gifts for birthdays & holidays. Read more about Joanne's limited edition books on the web site, then give her a call to order.

Visit www.flathattrading.com

Experience Counts! Matt Davis Real Estate – dedicated to matching prospective buyers with properties that work for them. Location and knowing the land is key...and Matt knows the Texas landscape like the back of his hand. He stands for "integrity & tradition". If it's not a good deal for everyone, then there's no deal.

Visit www.mattdavisrealestate.com

 

Carpe Diem – fine books plus rare and out-of-print books with a special emphasis on the history and literature of California and the West. More than a bookshop, they also have art & collectibles of the Monterey Bay area. Located in a charming 1930's Carmel stone building in historic downtown. A "bibliophile's" delight! Readers & browsers welcome!

Visit www.carpediemfinebooks.com

 

Bar 46 Ranch Longhorns – a strong supporter of traditions, ranch owner Kristiane Maas raises registered Texas longhorn cattle, a cross between the long-horned Spanish cattle brought to the Caribbrean in 1493 and the English breeds introduced by early colonists. A hearty breed & conformation, people friendly & personality plus! A ranch visit might be on your list of "to-dos".

Visit www.bar46ranchlonghorns.com

 

Tully Hole – a one-man shop dedicated to creating find custom horse gear in the rich California tradition. Located in San Benito County in central California inland from the Pacific Ocean. Climate is temperate and good for leather working. Everything is made from the finest quality materials with the utmost ability and care from saddles to popular chinks & spur straps. The customer counts at Tully Hole. Call or email anytime.

Visit www.extendinc.com/tullyhole

Handspun Wool Saddle Blankets – weaver Linda Hayden has been weaving traditional blankets for over 36 years. She collects natural materials used to dye her wool in the foothills of the Sierra high above the San Joaquin Valley where she and husband Joel have their cattle ranch. Her blankets are highly respected by both working horsemen & pleasure riders. You'll treasure a handspun, naturally dyed saddle blanket (so will your horse).

Visit www.lindahaydensaddleblankets.com

 

Harris Vaquero Gear – gear that is functional and well braided, artistic, good-fitting and durable that's what Steve Harris enjoys creating and offering since 1993. His work is used by buckaroos & traditional vaquero-style horsemen/women. Hackamores, bosalitos, braided reins - each piece whether ornate or simple is made to be used. Custom orders welcomed. Contact him anytime.

Visit www.rawhidebraider.com

Southwest Roundup Gallery – our 17th year! Original Fine Art & Prints, Lamps & Chandeliers, Rawhide Shades, Custom Furniture, Designer Apparel, Pillows & Rugs, Western Gear & Trappings, Engraved Silver, Books & Accessories. All handcrafted by artisans in North America dedicated to western lifestyles. Visit or call us in historic San Juan Bautista. 831.623.1128

Visit www.southwestroundup.com

St Francis Retreat – San Juan Bautista

Visit www.stfrancisretreat.com