Giddy Up! Welcome Rancheros Visitadores!

Rancheros Visitadores at Old Mission Santa Ines in SolvangThis Saturday (5/3/14) starting around 2:00 p.m. on, join us in Solvang as we welcome more than 500 members of the Rancheros Visitadores “visiting ranchers” for their free equestrian parade north along Alisal Road  then east on Mission Drive. Watch these handsome horses, riders and carriages stride by, then head to the Old Mission Santa Ines field to see them blessed by the padres. Afterward, they will head along the Santa Ynez River trail for their week-long trek and encampment nearby. This long-time private men’s membership club is gathering here for the 84th time to celebrate horsemanship, western heritage and ranching traditions. I’ve got some fun facts to share. Did you know that Rancheros Visitadores was founded in 1930 and members include riders from all over the world? In the late 1930’s, Walt Disney took part aboard his horse Minnie Mouse. Ronald Reagan rode here in the 1970’s when he was governor of California. In 2014, for the third year in a row, Rancheros Visitadores are partnering with Wrangler’s Tough Enough to Wear Pink Foundation to raise money and awareness of local breast cancer care programs. Solvang and the Santa Ynez Valley are well-known in the equestrian world for our horse ranches, with a focus on quarter horses, thoroughbred and Arabian breeds, as well as respected training, breeding and veterinary facilities. If you’d like to do some horseback riding yourself, check out

Rancheros Visitadores parade on Alisal Road in Solvang     Rancheros Visitadores gather at Old Mission Santa Ines