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Fiesta Rodeo

 The ranching and equestrian community in Santa Barbara is rich in historic tradition spanning more than 200 hundred years. 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 2019 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 historic 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!

¡Ay Dios Mio! Carmen Amaya - La Gitana

Estamos listos! Old Spanish Days 2014! Join us....


As in one's hand a lighted match

blinds you before it comes aflame

and sends out brilliant

flickering tongues to every side --

so, within the ring of the spectators

her dance begins in hasty,

heated rhythms and spreads itself

darting flames around.

And suddenly, the dance is altogether flame!

With a fierce glance she sets her hair alight.

Unexpectedly, she turns with daring artfulness

the swirling flounces of her dress

within this conflagaration,

out of which her upheld naked arms,

clapping the castanets, appear like serpents striking.


And then, afraid her fire were diminishing,

she gathers it all up and flings it down

with an imperious haughtly gesture,

and watches as it lies there

writhing on the ground,

unyielding and unwilling to concede

the dance has ended.


Yet she show victory in her sweet

swift smile as she lifts up her face,

while with her small firm feet

she stamps out the last of the dying embers. 

~ Ranier Maria Rilke



The Majestic Valley Oak - Quercus Lobata

Oak 1

Distinguishing Characteristics: Valley oak, so called because it grows chiefly in open valleys, is the largest of western oaks. A striking characteristic is its scattered occurrence. Massive short-trunked individuals with enormously broad, often symmetrical round-topped crowns, grow naturally far apart, forming picturesque vistas through their open ranks.

Oak 2

The huge trunk with grayish, deeply furrowed bark, gives off very large, rough-barked arching limbs at from 8 to 25 feet from the ground, the drooping lower branches sometimes reaching the ground.

Oak 3

Occasional trees have tall undivided trunks with small spreading or drooping short branches in a narrow dome-like crown; generally, however, there is not more than a single length of clear saw timber in the trunk.

Oak 4

Height: From 60 to 75 feet, sometimes 80 or 100 feet, with a diameter of from 30 to 40 inches or more. As it straggles up narrow valleys into the foothills, it becomes small often under 30 feet in height and 1 foot through. Mature leaves shed in autumn, are variable in size and form on the same tree. They have deep green and minutely hairy star shaped hairs on their top sides, lighter and minutely hairy beneath leaf stems, also.

Oak 5

Acorns: Matured in one season and sometimes produced in very large quantities, are also variable in size; bright chestnut brown when ripe. Wood, pale, dull brown, very brittle, firm, often cross grained and difficult to split or work. On account of its poor timber form, the trees are rarely if ever cut for anything but fuel, for which, however, they are much used.

Oak 6

Longevity: Nothing is known of the extreme age attained, but it is believed to reach at least from 300 to 400 years.

~Forest Trees of the Pacific Slope, by George Bishop Sudworth, 1908