It’s something of an American Arabian tradition. For twenty years Sheila Varian’s gatherings at Varian Arabians in Arroyo Grande have included both spring and summer events. Both occasions inevitably include entertainment, clinics, seminars and horse presentations at a superb level of excellence. The annual Spring Fling is held late April each year and the Varian Arabians’ Summer Jubilee is arriving very soon, on the weekend of August 3rd thru the 5th.
The 2012 Summer Jubilee’s special guest speaker and clinician is Eitan Beth-Halachmy, creator of Cowboy Dressage, an amazing and effective combination of classical Dressage techniques and classic Western riding. Eitan brought his Cowboy Dressage to the 2006 World Equestrian Games in Aachen, Germany by opening the closing ceremonies and to Lexington, Kentucky in 2010 by participating in the WEG opening ceremonies. Eitan is the recipient of the 2003 Barbara Worth Oxford Memorial Trophy from USEF as Outstanding Western Horseman of 2003, and in 2011 he was inducted into the Morgan Horse Hall of Fame.
“I’m very excited,” says Sheila. “The Jubilee is designed to be a pleasurable, entertaining, fun opportunity to see and enjoy Arabian horses. Eitan’s techniques open a brand new door and it’s a door that swings both ways, offering a top level learning opportunity for horsemen and riders of all disciplines. Eitan’s way of riding enables people to get control of their horses, and the techniques are appropriate for any discipline, English, Western … any type of riding.”
Entertainment at the Jubilee will feature a concert by the talented singer-guitarist, Dave Stamey, cowboy, mule packer, dude wrangler and now one of the most popular Western entertainers in America. He’s been voted three times Entertainer of the Year, three times Male Performer of the Year and twice Songwriter of the Year by the Western Music Association, and received the Will Rogers Award from the Academy of Western Artists. True West Magazine named him Best Living Western Solo Musician. This is obviously not a performance to be missed.
The crowd at Sheila’s thoroughly enjoys the various horse presentations during the weekend, including the world famous Varian Arabian’s stallions: Desperado V, Audacious PS, Maclintock V, *Jullyen El Jamaal, and Bel Aire V always willing to show off in style for the appreciative visitors. There is always plenty of food and camaraderie each day, generally including a breakfast, sometimes a barbecue and wine tasting, and the much relished Sunday brunch. Also on Sunday, and one of the most talked about activities of the Varian gatherings, are the Mare Walks, a trip through the pastures at Varian’s to visit with the mares and foals, guided by the Arabian Breed’s leading, living breeder, Sheila Varian.
Varian Arabians’ events have inspired a literal fan club of folks who return year after year. Ask and they’ll tell you how much they look forward to the beautiful farm, the countryside, visiting with the friends they’ve made at previous events, the horses, and especially the relaxed, welcoming atmosphere. The ranch is located in Arroyo Grande, about 10 miles south of San Luis Obispo, halfway between Los Angeles and San Francisco on California’s breathtaking Central Coast. Register for the upcoming Varian Summer Jubilee, scheduled for August 3rd, 4th, and 5th. Registration is required.