August 16, 2012 at 11:49 AM

Italian Cowboy Horsemanship on Display at Viva Vaquero!, Aug. 18 & 19

Spectators Welcome at Mortensons Arena, 96 Bonanza Creek Road, Santa Fe

By Susie Morgan

Hoof Prints in Santa Fe

Susie Morgan is a lifetime lover of horses, the outdoors and lives for adventures. She lives in Las Campanas, and is reconnecting with horses after working 27 years in New York City.


Mortensons scores a coop to welcome back Drew Mischianti and Natalia Estrada for the second time to the Mortenson Arena.

Come learn the fine arts of vaquero horsemanship and ranch roping, and then try your hand in steer roping, team branding and ranch trail classes at Sunday's competition.  Participation is $200 per person, while admission for spectators is free.

Drew and Natalia are good friends and co-conspirators of Buck Brannaman.  Their school in Italy, The Ranch Academy, promotes the European Ranch Roping Association, and holds regular clinics and shows there on the classic "vaquero tradition."  The couple was recently featured in the November 2011 edition of Western Horseman.

TACK SWAP - Do you have saddle blankets, bits, or cowboy hats to sell? Come out for the Tack Swap -- only $10 per vendor to set up.

Carl Hawkins will be there with his Famous Chuckwagon cookin' for when you've worked up an appetite.

Here’s the YouTube video from the last clinic

Or get more information on the Facebook invitation.

Mortensen’s Arena is located on 96 Bonanza Creek Road in Santa Fe. To get there from I-25, go south on Hwy 14 (Turquoise Trail) for 8 miles. Just past San Marcos Café, turn right on Bonanza Creek Rd.  Mortenson’s is about 1 mile down on the left just past Thall’s Veterinary Hospital.   
Call for more info, (505) 424-9330.