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Vaqueros on the Rancho
Sat, May 6, 2017, 1:00 PM – 4:00 PM PDT
Learn about and celebrate the vaquero traditions at Vaqueros on the Rancho, a fundraiser to support the creation of Castro Adobe State Historic Park.
At 2 p.m., two traditional vaquero-style horsemen on horseback will share aspects of early vaqueros along with how and why the culture is maintained today. Jeffery Mundell and Victor "Buddy" Montes will demonstrate the gear along with the art of using a 60-70 foot rawhide riata for “big loops." Learn how the traditional vaquero’s knowledge of land comes into play today with grassland conservation programs.
The event also will include:
Light refreshments, beer and wine
Artisan and craftsmen wares on display and for sale
Tours of the Castro Adobe
From the first Spanish expedition into Alta California in 1769, the vaquero played a significant role in California's heritage. Vaqueros, or horse-mounted livestock herders, originated on the Iberian Peninsula and were brought to the Americas from Spain. The vaqueros of the Americas were horsemen and cattle herders in Spanish Mexico who came to California. The vaquero "culture" developed into a fine art through the Mission and Rancho eras, and continued into the early 1900s.
At the Rancho San Andres Castro Adobe, herds of cattle and livestock grazed the land under the mounted vaquero's watchful eye. The vaqueros were skilled in the use of the rawhide riata for cattle sorting, roping, branding and slaughter, as well as roping grizzlies. The rider and the horse worked in partnership with the slightest of "cues" hardly noticeable. True horsemen were held in highest regard for their patience, knowledge and skills regarding horses, cattle and the land.
Today, the history, horsemanship, equipment, knowledge of land use and lifestyle of vaqueros are revered traditions.
About Castro Adobe State Historic Park
Located in Larkin Valley, near Watsonville, the two-story Castro Adobe, built between 1848-49, is one of the finest examples of a rancho hacienda in the Monterey Bay area. The property includes the restored cocina (kitchen) and the Potter-Church Garden, a unique outdoor space originally created by then-owners Elizabeth and David Potter (1968-72) in consultation with noted landscape architect Thomas Church.
Friends is leading a multi-year restoration effort to preserve and interpret the new State Historic Park in partnership with California State Parks. Work is currently being done to complete seismic stabilization, finalize the preservation of the historic adobe and establish a visitor center. It is Santa Cruz County’s second state historic park and the first non-beach state park in the Pajaro Valley.
What are my transportation/parking options for getting to and from the event?
Parking is extremely limited; please carpool.
Do I have to bring my printed ticket to the event?
No. You can provide your name at Will Call.
How can I contact the organizer with any questions?
Call our office at 831-429-1840.