Valley Center Vaqueros
Barbara Crawford Before Barbara knew about the Vaqueros, young girls would ride the bus to her house after school to groom horses learn how to drive her draft horse, Chester. Barbara also had a Morgan, a team of Appaloosas, an Arabian, 1 mini donkey, and several driving ponies. Ken and Barbara would load up the 6-horse trailer and their flatbed with carriages and off to Lakeside driving show they'd go! The girls would enter the shows and have costume changes in the dressing room. The girls grew up, some joined the service, and some married and moved away. Left to her own devices, Barbara started trail riding and barrel racing, and even joined the Escondido Mounted Posse! Now her main focus is her grandkids (like Jayden Soliz, Valley Center's 2016 Little Miss Rodeo Queen!) and their love of horses.
I love horses and I love our horse community in Valley Center. Born and raised in Orange County, I kept moving away from all of the people and closer to land where I could have my horses. About twenty years ago I ended up in Valley Center - this is home.
My Daughter, Cate, and I have six horses to take care of - Hafflinger "Wiley", Mustang "Champ", Paint "Angel", Pinto "Savannah", Buckskin "Maverick" and last but not least "Daisy Mae" our Mini.
We love being part of the VC Vaqueros horse club. It provides shows, activities and socializing with others who also live the horse life. We are very blessed and thankful.
2019 Vaqueros Board
Janet Christiansen / Vice President After nearly 30 years as a Veterinary Hospital Administrator in both Santa Barbara and Valley Center, Janet now divides her time between her husband Jameson and their family of animals, the Valley Center Vaqueros, the Vista Palomar Riders and VCDart. Janet has also been a member with the Escondido Mounted Posse for 15 years. She is also an avid runner and swimmer.
Margit Deerman Margit has been around horses since she was 12. She is currently a 4 Star Parelli Natural Horsemanship Professional and enjoys teaching people to understand horses. Her previous career of 15 years was a Senior Keeper at the San Diego Zoo and Safari Park. She and her husband Mike have lived in Valley Center for 25 years and love it. They have been Vaquero Members since they moved here. www.margitdeerman.com
Lisa Burkhard Young Riders Chairman
Cathy McCall / Treasurer Cathy's love for horses started in 1997, when she couldn’t tell her daughter Allie no anymore when it came to having a pony. We resided in the city and lived the country life until our family’s dreams came true when we moved to Valley Center in 2011. Cathy is a Grandmother of nine grandchildren. She loves giving them a chance to be around animals and learn the fun and hard work it takes to care for them. Before moving to Valley Center Cathy worked as a professional photographer in the entertainment industry,and now enjoys photographing our Rodeo Queens, the
Valley Center Rodeo, our shows, and some of our graduates in the community.
Iris Sparks / Sunshine Lady Iris grew up on a farm in the Imperial Valley. She was put on a horse as a toddler and has loved horses ever since. After earning $75.00, she asked her mom to buy her a horse of her own. A few weeks later a wonderful little quarter horse became her friend and partner. The years following college at SLO Cal Poly, she was without a horse until around 1990 when she purchased an Arabian named Khodi. After that, she happily rode and camped all over southern California. She moved to Valley Center in 2003 and became a Vaquero member in 2004, after a Day of the Horse event.
OUR MISSION: The Valley Center Vaqueros is a family-oriented equestrian club with activities for all ages! The Vaqueros have hosted a wide variety of shows, clinics, & equine events since 1960. In addition, our Young Riders (under 18) and our Drill Posse (18+) participate in community events and parades across Southern California.
Our goal is to improve horsemanship skills, enhance equine care, and increase public awareness through education. The Vaqueros wish to expose our lifestyle to those with no access to horse culture, and to provide after school programs for children not currently involved in traditional athletics.
Ted Schwartzbach / Show and Clinic Manager Ted is a lifelong horseman that has started many horses and trained many persons to ride correctly. He uses Natural Horsemanship methods that are easy for horse and rider to understand and use. Ted has studied under many of the great horsemanship of today but follows the Craig Camron philosophy supported by Chris Cox methods. Ted is retired here in Valley Center after many years of owning his own horsemanship business in Texas and joined the Valley Center Vaqueros in 2017. With a passion for horses he is presenting the "Foundation of Horsemanship" through the Vaqueros Young Riders http://handlebart.weebly.com