Velkommen Rancheros Visitadores!

This Saturday (5/6/17), head into downtown Solvang around 3pm to welcome more than 700 members of the Rancheros Visitadores “visiting ranchers” for their free equestrian parade. You can greet them as they head north along Alisal Road then east on Mission Drive to Old Mission Santa Ines for a gathering and blessing by the padres. Watch these handsome horses, riders and carriages stride by—once again, they will be attired in pink shirts to support the Cancer Center of Santa Barbara at Sansum Clinic to raise money for local breast cancer patients.

Afterward, the Rancheros will canter/trot/gallop 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 87th time to celebrate horsemanship, western heritage and ranching traditions. For all the happenings around town anytime, be sure to visit http://www.solvangusa.com/events/

Solvang’s 30th Birthday Party + Rancheros Visitadores Ride

Rancheros Visitadores at Old Mission Santa Ines in SolvangYou’ve got choices of so many events happening this weekend—it may be challenging to pick out your faves—so here’s two not to miss! On Friday, 5/1/15, the City of Solvang turns 30 years old and you’re invited to a free aebleskiver breakfast from 9:00-10:30 a.m. in Solvang Park (Mission Drive & First Street). Yes, Solvang was founded in 1911 yet became a legal California city in 1985—hence the 30th birthday breakfast bash. Come meet the Mayor, city officials and enjoy some of those popular Danish pancake balls!

Then, this Saturday, 5/2/15, starting around 2:00 p.m. on, join us 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 85th time to celebrate horsemanship, western heritage and ranching traditions. If you’d like to do some horseback riding yourself, check out http://www.solvangusa.com/explore-solvang/what-to-do/outdoor-activities/#Horse

For all the events happening around town anytime, visit http://www.solvangusa.com/explore-solvang/calendar-of-events/

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

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 http://www.solvangusa.com/explore-solvang/what-to-do/outdoor-activities/#Horse

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