For decades, Sheila Varian, the Arabian breed’s quintessential American cowgirl, has held wonderful get-togethers at her Varian Arabians in Arroyo Grande, California. The late summer Jubilee is scheduled to coincide with perfect California weather and those silky, summer coats on the Arabian horses Sheila always has on display. This year’s gathering celebrated this most iconic Arabian horsewoman’s 60th year as a horse breeder and owner. The Varian Diamond Jubilee was a combination seminar, party, entertainment and horse presentation and was held August 2nd and 3rd, 2014. If you attended and loved it or could not attend and wish you could have been there, enjoy the VOD Program now available on www.ArabianHorseGlobal.com.
In addition to the delicious breakfast, luncheons, beautiful horses and educational features, the Varian Summer Jubilee featured the debut of the documentary, “V: The Legacy of Sheila Varian” which premiered to a SOLD OUT house of 600 at the Clark Center for Performing Arts in Arroyo Grande on Saturday evening, August 2nd. The film debut was an enormous hit with nearly everyone in attendance that night pausing to buy a personal copy of the Varian movie on their way out.
Always outstanding, this year’s group of Varian sale horses was particularly intriguing. Some truly exceptional young horses were offered. Most all of the horses were well started under saddle and the thorough, gentle method called “The Varian Way” was demonstrated in the clinics on Saturday and the presentations and famous Mare Walk on Sunday. This year’s stallion presentation included Sheila’s most recent rising star, Major Mac V (Maclintock V x Majors Tiffany GA) a gregarious, sweetheart of a 2-year-old bay that is a six-generation Varian-bred Arabian … and really looks the part.
If you missed the Summer Jubilee, drop by for the upcoming Varian Arabians’ Hands-On Clinic, Saturday and Sunday, April 25th and 26th, 2015. Participation is SOLD OUT but all auditors are welcome. Single day audit fee is $75 and both days are $125. The 2015 Varian Summer Jubilee will be held on August 1st and 2nd.
Among other major honors, the United States Equestrian Federation awarded Sheila Varian the Ellen Scripps Davis Memorial Breeders Cup in 2001 for consistently breeding outstanding show horses. Varian was inducted into the National Cowgirl Museum and Hall of Fame in 2003. The Varian ranch is located halfway between San Francisco and Los Angeles and about ten miles south of San Luis Obispo. Registration for the events is required.