The ranching and equestrian community in Santa Barbara is centuries old and rich in historic tradition. From those early times to the present day, this unique way of life continues to thrive in every town and city in our county.
To whet your appetite for the 2014 Santa Barbara Fiesta Horse Show and Rodeo, here's a vintage video of some Santa Barbara County cowboys from 1940, in a movie filmed by Pedro Serramalera Olivé.
Today, Santa Barbara's cattlemen and cattlewomen, our ranchers, and those who comprise the equine industry, are thoroughly modern experts. The Santa Barbara Old Spanish Days celebration includes a Fiesta Stock Horse Show and Rodeo that began in 1924. The rodeo provides a great local venue to highlight the skills and talents of competitors from around the globe. We've got Pro-Rodeo bull and bronc riding, roping and penning events.
The littlest cowboys and cowgirls wrastle sheep in the ever-popular mutton-busting event that is a joy to behold.
If you left your spurs and saddle at home, stop by Jedlicka's for the best in western wear and saddlery, and get set to rodeo with the locals. Jedlicka's has everything you need to prepare you for the experience: cowboy boots, hats, silver belt buckles, Wranglers - even tickets to the rodeo.
Santa Barbara Old Spanish Days is a time of celebrating the diverse and wonderful history that makes our county uniquely beautiful and interesting.
Now's the time to cowboy up!