Local History

This page is dedicated with love and appreciation to Pat Murphy. Pat was the longest serving member of the SYVEA Board of Directors. She was a tireless and enthusiastic supporter of all things equestrian in the Santa Ynez Valley, and dearly loved blending her creative talents, sense of history and culture with her love of horses. 

Frederick Remington,

Coming Thru the Rye

Three great articles of some famous western  Artists. Appeared in the Spring 2022 issue of the Carriage and Western Art Museum of Santa Barbara newsletter.

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Ed Borein

Fredric Remington

Nicholas Firfires

Tecolote Ranch House 1940’s

Just published on Goleta History web site. History of Tecolote Canyon which includes Tecolote Ranch owned by Silsby Spalding.

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The Visalia Stock Saddle Company

By Dylan Peterson

Carriage Museum

Santa Barbara

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Image on the left is 1927 Visalia Supreme owned by Silsby Spalding of The Tecolote Ranch Santa Barbara. On display at the Carriage Museum Santa Barbara.

For a first-hand look at historical  equine equipment  from the Vaquero era forward, please visit these local museums:



History of the Santa Ynez Valley Equestrian Association

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 Pat Murphy
A Valley Treasure

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History of the Vaquero Tradition in California
The Four Seasons of the Reined Cow Horse
By Benny Guitron &
Sandy Collier

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For more information about local Reined Cow Horse activities
please visit www.syvch.org

For Regional and National activities please visit www.nrcha.com  www.nationalstockhorse.com

The Valley That Belongs to the Arabian Horse
by Evie Tubbs Sweeney
Santa Ynez

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For more information about Arabian horses in Santa Ynez Valley

please visit www.syvaha.com

For more information about Arabian horses all over the world visit

www.arabianhorses.org  www.waho.org  www.pyramidsociety.org  www.alkhamsa.org  www.arabiansporthorsealliance.org

The Early Days of the Thoroughbred in Santa Ynez Valley
By Pat Roberts

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For more information about present day activities at Flag Is Up, please visit www.montyroberts.com

For more information about Thoroughbred Racing in California please visit   www.ctba.com

History Valley Penning Association

By Chris Pankau  DVM

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From The Arena To The Mountains

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Cowboy Poetry by
Tony Branquinho

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Photo Courtesy of
Shannon McCarty

“Saddle Up for Equine Therapy” by Tyler Hayden, reprinted by kind permission from Inside Santa Ynez Valley

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