SBHA Events



Saturday April 11, 2020 – postponed due to COVID-19
Steam Pump Ranch  Oro Valley, AZ

Spanish Barbs will be at the historic Steam Pump Ranch in Oro Valley AZ for “Celebrate Oro Valley!” Come see the riding demo, visit the SBHA Booth, and say Hi! to the horses.
Location: 10901 N. Oracle Road, Oro Valley, AZ, just South of Catalina State Park. Enjoy live music, cultural tours and activities. Admission and parking is free. For more info, e-mail

Saturday April 18, 2020 – postponed due to COVID-19
Oracle Oaks Parade  Oracle, AZ

The Spanish Barbs will be riding in the Oracle Oaks Parade. SBHA will have a booth at the Festival, located in Oracle, AZ.


September 17 – 20, 2020
SBHA Annual Meeting.

Our next annual meeting will again take place at the beautiful and historic NAN Ranch, located on the Mimbres River in Faywood, New Mexico. To see this appealing area and to make reservations for rooms or camping, please click on the link.




Cowboy Festival Empire Ranch November 22, 2019

The SBHA had our booth and two horses at the Cowboy Festival in Sonoita AZ.

September 19 through 22, 2019
SBHA Annual Meeting.

Faywood, New Mexico at the Historic, Beautiful NAN Ranch. Bring your horses to trail ride, enjoy meeting and talking to other Spanish Barb Enthusiasts. For more info, e-mail

July 6, 2019
Prescott Frontier Days Parade. Prescott, Arizona

SBHA will have a booth and Horses. For more info, e-mail


May 4, 2019  9:00 a.m. through 4:00 p.m.
Back to the Ranch, A 25 year Pilgrimage Celebration! The Buenos Aries National Wildlife Refuge in Arivaca, Arizona.

The Wilbur-Cruce Spanish Barbs will be going back to the Historic Wilbur-Cruce Ranch to celebrate 25 years of preserving the Horses. There will be food, information booths, photo opportunities with the Horses.  For more info, e-mail

April 13, 2019
Oracle Oaks Festival Parade in Oracle, Arizona.

The SBHA had an entry in the Parade and a booth with horses afterward. Parade starts 10:00 a.m. For more info, e-mail

Second Saturdays, Oro Valley Farmers Market in Arizona.

The SBHA has a booth and horses there during all the winter months.

Location: 10901 N. Oracle Road, Oro Valley, AZ, just South of Catalina State Park.  Enjoy live music, cultural tours and activities. Admission and parking is free.  For more info, e-mail




Annual General meeting   September 20th-23rd, 2018

This will again be at The NAN RANCH  in Faywood NM. Registration is $50.00  due by September 1st.

Contact Beth Mendivil at  for more information and accommodations.  This is a members-only event.

This year The Spanish Barb Association will be reserving The Lodge.


Mane Event Horse Expo   March 30 – April 1, 2018

The Mane Event went great!  Had an awesome Booth and gave two demos a day for 3 days. It was quite an undertaking but they pulled it off fabulously and made some great contacts. We hope to attend next year.  Here’s a bit from our presentation:

The Mane Event is holding a “Meet the Spanish Barb Horse” at Westworld of Scottsdale. There will be a Breed Parade on Friday and Saturday afternoons in the arena and horses can be shown under saddle, in hand, driven or one or two each way. The 30 x 40 pen is available on a scheduled basis for the “Meet the Spanish Barb Horse.” Breeds in this pen change about every half hour. outline of horse's head in left profile, title the Mane Event superimposed on it in red and black Spanish Barb event March-April 2018SBHA also will have a booth.

Westworld of Scottsdale is at 16601 N Pima Rd, Scottsdale, AZ 85260. Go here for directions.

Second Saturdays at Steam Pump Ranch in Oro Valley

Our horses were great ambassadors!


See the Arizona State Heritage Horse, a Wilbur-Cruce Spanish Barb, each month at the historic Steam Pump Ranch & Farmer’s Market this winter.
We’ll be there on the “Second Saturdays,” : January 13, February 10, and March 10, 2018.  We’ll be there from 8:00 a.m to 1:00 p.m.

Location: 10901 N. Oracle Road, Oro Valley, AZ, just South of Catalina State Park.  Enjoy live music, cultural tours and activities. Admission and parking is free.



The September Annual meeting was a complete success!

One of the biggest groups of members attending. The meetings and Association business was done with participation by all. The NAN RANCH was an Awesome place to stay and ride! I can’t say enough good things about the accommodations and the Owners! They were beyond friendly and kind.
The trail riding was out of this world. If you didn’t make it this year, you must come next year and experience it for yourselves!






Location this year’s annual meeting will be held at NAN Ranch in Faywood, NM.  Details are in the 2017 Newsletter.  More details will be available later in the summer.


Photo of the NAN ranch site of the 2017 SBHA Annual Meeting


Several of our members when to NAN to check out the facilities and the riding.  Here are few photos from that visit.






April 2017 Oracle Parade

Participants were, Esha Mork riding La Reina. Alana Carden riding Alejandro. Kathleen White riding Fabiana. Jerry Gallegos riding Xavier. Alfredo Mendivil riding Hermoso. Beth Mendivil riding Lorenzo and Chuy the Llama carrying our signs.







Equine Voices Rescue – Amado, AZ  3/18/2017

Please join SBHA members and their Spanish Barbs for The Day of the Horse Event hosted by:

Equine Voices Rescue & Sanctuary,
1624 W. Dove Way, Amado, AZ  85645,
March 18, 2017 from 11:00 am to 4:00 pm

Our club has participated in this event for the past two years and was requested to return as the Barbs have been so popular.

Come with or without your Spanish Barb to support this fabulous event.  For further information contact the SBHA President, Beth Mendivil  520-990-8414.

The Equine Voices event participants were, Kathleen White  with Fabiana. Jerry Gallegos with Xavier. Alfredo Mendivil with Hermoso. Beth Mendivil with Lorenzo. Helpers were, Esha Mork, Becky Boyd, Eme Rodriguez and Ana Trucha.






LABOR DAY, September 3 – 5 2016 – SBHA ANNUAL MEETING – 4Winds Equestrian Center in Estancia, NM.  See details below.


October 2016 – Anza Days – Tubac Presidio Historical State Park, Tubac, AZ.  To see more photos of the Anza Day event go here.



LABOR DAY, September 3 – 5 2016 – SBHA ANNUAL MEETING – 4Winds Equestrian Center in Estancia, NM.  We held the annual meeting there last year and it was great.  See the photos on the Member Photos 2015 page.  To download the flyer on the 2016 Annual Meeting click on the button Download



This year we are striving to have equine representation from the 5 strains of horses which founded the Spanish Barb Breeder’s Association, now the Spanish Barb Horse Association, plus the Wilbur-Cruce Strain. If you have or know a friend who has a horse that is descended from horses that were founding SBBA horses, please invite them to 4Winds this September and cross post this invitation where you talk with other Spanish Horse folks online.

The weekend is open to members and non members. SBBA began with approximately five strains of horses from which to perpetuate the breed. They were represented by the stallion, Scarface SMR-82 (Romero/McKinley), Rawhide, a Gaskin stallion bred by ILO Belsky, the stallion Sun (Sioux Chief SMR-4), the mare Coche Two SMR-88, and the mare A-ka-wi SMR-87.

4Winds has fabulous horse corrals and stalls, indoor and outdoor arenas and round pen, horse ponds, riding trails, RV hookups and human accommodations on the property and nearby. Highlights that we have planned so far include:

• A genetics talk from a geneticist who has a significant interest in our Barbs as horses that may be able to infuse health back into some other U.S. Breeds.
• Trail riding in the nearby Manzano Mountains
• Conformation clinics and horse measurement from our Inspectors
• More program items determined by you! Tell us what you are most interested in doing!
• Great fellowship and cooperation on ideas to preserve, protect and promote our Spanish Barbs

Please contact Kathleen Bellemare ( or Ann Kirk-Schweitzer (Schweitzer2*****) for more information and/or to reserve your spot today!!!!!



May 21 – 22, 2016 – Trainer Showcase & Horse Expo –
4Winds Equestrian Center in Estancia, NM.  This event was a great success!  Go to our Members Photos 2016 page to see photos of the SBHA members and their horses at the Horse Expo.

Horse-expo-in New Mexico 2016






May, 14, 2016 – San Ysidro Celebration, Tucson, AZ. Jerry and Marjorie Dixon will have their Spanish Barb horse Hildago at this even.  The celebration starts at 9:00 am to 11:30 pm at the San Agustin Mission Site. For more details click on the buttons.

San Ysidro Festival Flyer San Ysidro Festival Program


May 14, 2016 – Steam Pump Ranch, Oro Valley, AZ.  Asha Mork will have her SHBA mares on display.  Saturday, 9:00 am to 1:00 pm.



April 23, 2016 –  Oaks Festival, Oracle, AZ. Esha Mork will have her SHBA mares on display. Saturday 9:00 am to 4:00 pm.Pilar-eye






April 9,  2016 – Steam Pump Ranch, Oro Valley, AZ. Esha Mork will have her SHBA mares on display.  Saturday, 9:00 am to 3:00 pm.



January 10, 2016 – Southern Arizona’s Tumacacori Mission Celebrates Kino’s Legacy with “Church, Cattle and Crops’’ –_MG_8705-markFather Eusebio Francisco Kino arrived at the village of Tumacacori in January of 1691. Father Kino was the first to bring horses, cattle and other livestock into what is now southern Arizona. He also was the first to bring field crops and fruit trees with which he taught the natives agricultural farming in addition to animal husbandry. Come to Tumacacori on Sunday January 10 to see the Wilbur-Cruce Spanish Barb horses. Beth Mendivil, Kathleen White, and Rosemary Gorden will have their horses at this event. Kino Legacy Days-





July 25 – 26, 2015 SBHA Annual Meeting – 4Winds Equestrian complex Estancia, New Mexico. Please visit the 4 Winds website at  This is a beautiful facility with very nice horse and human accommodations, RV hookups, indoor and outdoor arenas, horse swimming ponds, trails, round corral and a 50 acre eventing course. They also have comfortable human hangout places inside and out, so we think it will be a great setting and a great time.



jane-1May 16-17, 2015 – New Mexico Trainer Showcase and HorseExpo – 8 am to 7 pm -SBHA will be at this new event! 4 Winds Equestrian Center, Estancia, New Mexico. Trainers, trailers, demos, tack, food, Vaulting Demos, equestrian and services.




IMG_0292April 26, 2015. We will have 3 Barbs at an Public Awareness event at EQUINE VOICES. They are a horse rescue in Amado, Arizona & have asked us to come with info on the Barbs & do a riding demonstration.





April 4 – 5 , 2015 – Hay Creek Ride at the Hay Creek Ranch in Oracle, AZ. Contact Doug at Hay Creek Ranch to make your room, trailer and/or horse stall reservations. Doug is at 520-896-3433 office and 520-488-9969 cell. John Meyer is coordinating this ride for SBHA. Thanks John!


March 10, 2015 – Talk on the Spanish Barb Horses – Desert Caballeros Western Museum, Wickenburg, AZ. SBHA member Member Maureen Kirk-Detberner will be speaking on the Spanish Barb horses in Arizona.





Mark-an-Maureen-talk-BRIES-011October 25 & 26, 2014 – SBHA member Maureen Kirk-Detberner and Father Kino Historian Mark O’Hare will give a presentation on the Arizona Spanish Barbs and Father Kino at the Northern Arizona Museum, in Flagstaff, AZ.




SBHA 2014 meeting 02Fall 2014 – SBHA Annual Meeting – October 23 – 26- Hay Creek Ranch, Oracle AZ – There will be trail rides and fun times with SBHA members and their families. SBHA will provide breakfast for Friday, Saturday and Sunday and dinner for Friday and Saturday evening. Thursday night dinner and lunches are not provided. The cost for the meals is $65.00 per adult and $25.00 per child.




April 12, 2014 – Western National Park Association in Oro Valley, AZ. Maureen Kirk-Detberner of SBHA and Mark O’Hare of the Father Kino Society, will give a talk on “Arizona’s State Heritage Horse, the horse that Father Kino Rode”.


April 1, 2014 – 1:00 – 2:30, Western New Mexico University, Silver City, NM, The History of the Wilbur-Cruce Spanish Barb by Silke Schneider.


March 30, 2014, 10:00 am – 4:00 pm – Discover The Horse That Discovered America Event at Tubac Presidio Historic Park. Tubac Presidio Historical Park (1 Burruel Street, Tubac, Arizona 85646 520-398-2252) Come see the horses and hear about their story. There will be local vendors and horse demos.


March 15 – 16, 2014 – Tucson Festival of Books – Silke Schneider SBHA member and author of the book “Arizona’s Spanish Barbs” available to sign books on Sat. March 15 form 2:00 pm to 4:00 pm.


March 8, 2014 – From 10:00 am to 11:00 am, SBHA member Maureen Kirk-Detberner and her Spanish Barb horse Enrique de Dragoon (aka Rickie) will be at the Tohono Chul Park in Tucson, AZ. Maureen and Rickie lead a walk through the park while telling the park visitors about the history of the Spanish Barb horses in Arizona.


February 14, 15, 20, 21, 22, 23, 2014 – from 11:00 am – 4:30 pm, SBHA will be at the Tucson Rodeo. (Tucson Rodeo Grounds, 4823 S. 6th Ave., Tucson, AZ (520) 741-2233 (800) 964-5662). Come visit our booth and learn more about the horse, meet SBHA members and for the kids get branded with the Wilbur-Cruce brand. SBHA will have delicious baked goods for sale. The goal is to earn money to fund our next events and purchase marketing materials.


February 8, 2014 – From 10:00 am to 11:00 am, SBHA member Maureen Kirk-Detberner and her Spanish Barb horse Enrique de Dragoon (aka Rickie) will be at the Tohono Chul Park in Tucson, AZ. Maureen and Rickie lead a walk through the park while telling the park visitors about the history of the Spanish Barb horses in Arizona.





July 2013 Annual SBHA Meeting at Dripping Spring Ranch, Mule Creek, NM.