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Experience The Interconnected Culture and History of The California Cowboy, Regenerative Ranching & Farming and Stockmanship

Learning From The Past To Benefit The Future

1st Annual Napa Cowboy Gathering
Friday, June 2 - Sunday, June 4
Napa Valley Horsemen’s Association
1200 Foster Rd. Napa Valley California 94559
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About the Napa Cowboy Gathering

The Napa Cowboy Gathering June 2, 3, 4, 2023 is a free full weekend for the community to celebrate the culture, history and practice of the “Californio”- the indigenous cowboy of California.
The goal of this free event is to inspire, engage and educate people on the magnificence and efficiency of the traditional culture, practices and arts of the California Cowboys and Cowgirls known as the “Californios”. And celebrate Napa’s deep history associated with the Californio culture.
The spectator event will be held at the Historic Napa Horseman’s Association and will be chock full of great free experiences, entertainment and education featuring:
  • Daily workshops hosted by the founder of the California Bridle Horse Association and renowned bridle horseman, Bruce Sandifer and associate Heather Kornemann

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Heather Kornemann

Leaders in Regenerative Agriculture and Ranching – Californios were stewards of the land and their stock - experts in regenerative agriculture and ranching practices

American Grassfed Association and TomKat Ranch, education leaders in regenerative agriculture and ranching practice, will be hosting booths. In addition to their booth, American Grassfed Association will be giving daily talks.
American Grassfed Association (AGA) is a producer-founded and run non-profit organization that supports American Family Farms and Ranchers through certification, advocacy, education and other programs.
TomKat Ranch is an 1800-acre grass-fed cattle ranch in the San Francisco Bay Area. Their team of ranchers, scientists, and advocates look to nature to guide their landscape management in support of their values. Over the next five years, they want to have inspired the transition of one million acres of California rangeland to regenerative management.
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  • Live music performances by Western Music Hall of Fame Inductee Dave Stamey and others
  • Over 25 master craftsman and vendors including renowned traditional cowboy artists and saddle makers, rawhide braiders, bit and spur makers, silversmiths and cowboy trappings
  • Great Food, Wine & Beer
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Please come help us celebrate the Californio to ensure a sustainable future for the culture and all it represents.

Limited camping for humans is available on site for $30 per night. Please email for further information and reservations.
This event is not a clinic for horses.
Additional camping is available at Skyline Wilderness Park, although please note camp spaces fill up fast, so booking soon is advised.
Reservations can be made at or by calling 707-252-0481
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Sponsors and Partners

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Sponsorships are available and welcome please contact us at:
This is a community and educational event put on by El Legados, a 501(c)3 organization, EIN 92-2361289. All sponsor contributions are therefore tax deductible
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Event Schedule

Friday, June 2, 2023
12 noon - 9 pm
  • Bruce Sandifer/Heather Kornemann Workshop

  • Stockmanship demo

  • Dave Stamey: 5pm-6pm & 7pm – 8pm 

  • Food - Lunch & dinner/BBQ

  • Info & Vendor tables set up from 12 noon

Saturday, June 3, 2023
10 am - 9 pm
  • Bruce Sandifer/Heather Kornemann Workshop

  • Stockmanship demo

  • 5pm – 8pm Live Music

  • Food - Lunch & dinner/BBQ

  • Info & Vendor tables set up from 10am – 5 pm

Sunday, June 4, 2023
10 am - 2 pm
  • Bruce Sandifer/Heather Kornemann Workshop

  • Stockmanship demo

  • Food - Lunch

  • Info & Vendor tables set up from 10am – 2pm

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