Anselmo Campas

Anselmo Campas began his Vaquero career at the age of twelve at the Tejon Rancheria.

He was also very interested in medicine and he became the person to call for illness or for delivering of babies. 

He was a Yaqui Indian and his family lived farther north in the San Joaquin Valley until the United States government,

in the late 1800s,  decided to make the Indians go to reservations. 

The US hired German Hessian mercenaries to see that the Indians were sent to the reservations.

Anselmo's father did not wish to go to the reservation they wanted him and his family moved to, (The Tule Reservation) he wanted to go elsewhere to another reservation,

so to punish him for his disobedience they cut his fingers off

(This is a true fact handed down from Mary Campas Rodriguez, Jeremy's Great Grandmother)

He and his family fled down to the Tejon Rancheria when Anselmo was twelve.

These early California ranchos ran vast numbers of cattle, sheep and horses on open range.

There was no hurry in those days and to live by a watch or calendar was rare. That same easy style to life applied to their stockmanship and horse training.

The good vaqueros took great pride in their horsemanship and horses. There was nothing finer....


There is an inherited passion and love for the horses, cattle and traditional horse and stockmanship.

With that passion comes a deep respect to the viejos, to our ancestors... To the Vaqueros.

Braiding, metal forging and training of the true California Hackamore and Bridle Horse.

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