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A Short Coat Outfit and Breeches

A Single Breasted Ride-Astride
Long Coat and Breeches

Past Exhibits


This exhibition focuses on the fashion changes that have made women equal to men in all equestrian activities and sports. These are the only athletic pursuits where women and men now compete together and equally. One hundred years ago this would have been unthinkable.

Featuring historic women’s riding attire from the 19th century to the present day, we are also pleased to showcase Santa Ynez Valley equestrian women of high achievement in all Western and English disciplines including:

  • Cowgirl Hall of Fame Inductees Sandy Collier, Audrey O’Brien Griffin, the late Sheila Varian (accompanied by The Nudie Costumes worn by Dale Evans and Roy Rogers and artifacts from Shania Twain)
  • Bronze Dressage Medalist Charlotte Bredahl-Baker
  • Hunter-Jumper Competitor & Sport Horse Breeder Buffy Oas
  • Three-Day Event Champion Jennifer Wooten

  Museum Exhibits
  Carriage House
  Facility Rental
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  East Meets West
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  From Side Saddle
     to Astride
  Vaquero Vision
  If the Shoe Fits
  Borrowed Borein
  Mourning Glory
  The West on Wood
  Dressed to Impress
  Willy Chamberlin Tribute
  Samurai – Warrior
    Horsemen of Japan
  Golden Age of California
    Women's City Fashions
  Rolling Through the West
  Shining through the
  Uncorked: The Evolution
    of Wine in the SY Valley
  Kimono: Traditions,
    Pattern and Symbolism
  Quilts of Family School
  SYVCH Pictorial History
  Walking Through History
  Hats on Parade
  Women's Fashions in the
    Baby Boomer Era
  Valley Views/Layers
  A Baby Boomer Christmas
  From Painted Caves to
    Mission Arches
  Vintage Wedding Dresses
  Ronald Reagan
  Quilting Thru the Ages
  Down on the Farm
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