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results that hinder successful ranch opera- tions. Vaquero tradition is the polar oppo- site of this kind of poor horsemanship. “The vaquero way is to start a green horse with a jaquima, a braided rawhide or leather noseband. There is no bit in the horse’s mouth. Once the horse has learned the tasks he will be required to do on the ranch, he is introduced to a bridle with a smaller noseband, or bosal, a set of two reins, and a bit. Over time, the rider gradu- ally shifts from using the bosal to use of the bridle reins until the bosal is no longer needed. This entire process takes several years, but the results are worth it. You end up with a well-trained horse that, given the slightest of cues, will perform its tasks with calm and confidence.” There are many other aspects to vaquero tradition, including the craftsmanship that goes into custom-made leather saddles, rawhide reata ropes and more. The vaquero heritage has been captured by historians as well as artists and filmmakers, and is cel- ebrated at gatherings and shows throughout California each year. The Fields do their part to help preserve this heritage. remember. From the time I was two, my mom put me on the front of her saddle and I rode around the ranch with her. When I was older and had developed my horseback riding skills, my dad let me ride his retired competition horse. That horse is so talent- ed, smart and fun to ride.” The Fields have always encouraged both of their daughters, Jenna, 15, and Jodi, 10, to explore a variety of interests, which they have done. But as Jenna put it, “I love living on the ranch. It has a quality that’s different than urban living. I developed a good work ethic, got to work with animals and learned the ranching tradition. I feel privileged to have this experience growing up, and am definitely going into something ag-related in college.” During his more than 20 years of involvement with the Cattleman’s Association, Justin said the organization has raised money and sponsored classes at the Santa Clara County Fair and funded schol- arships for high school and college students interested in pursuing careers in ranching, veterinary medicine, agr X[\H[[]YY[˂\[[\XZ\HوۙHZ[[]Y\H]\و][[B[[YK8'H[&][XY[HYH[H\^K8'H\[ZY 8'^\\HH[YB[]\H^H\[]YHۈH[ B]H\ۙ]]\&\\[[[]\KH[X]K[H[[X[X\˜[\وH\^XH]\Y\[[]\HX\ۋ'B[H\[XۛYY\H\[&]X[H[\Y[[H\H\HۋB\ܘ^HZ\ۈ[HY]B[Y]و\HX[YYܘ^[\HZ[œX[^Y[[Y \[X[BXX[Y[Y\[[Z\[™ܘ^[ˈ8'HY\[[H[[\\[[ܛXY[ ][ܙH[H\HYKB[H[YHو\Z[XH[[܈]\B[\][ۜ[[H\H[^K'p]ٙ\[[\XZ\^HۋB[YHZ\[Z[HY][ۋ[[HX[YB[Z\\ܘ^HH^H[]\YBY[H\[\Y \\\x&\B]HوH[\\][[و\ˈ]ۙB[YH܈[\H[^YX[HوH[\\[YH[HYH[ܙHۛXYH[B[YK(H[ \[[\XZ\B[]YXܙ[ܘ[\ܞBو\]Y\Y][ۈHH]]B][ۘ[[\[]]HوB[Y\X[\ (H\[[[ۜ]Y\]Y\[B[X\]YH[H[B\H[]Y\Y\[ K(H[ LKH^YYHHقH\]Y\ܜ[X[[[\[H[\H[]Y0B]\[˂(H[[ M \[\X\]Y[H8'XۚXܜ[Y['H[[˜]\]Y\\]YH^\HKB[X[][[[[X[]]\Kݚ[H[YBXܙ[HY[&H]Y\[K][؜]Y 8'x&]BY[Y[ܜ\[HYܙHH[SH8(SԑSS8(SPTSSPTKёPPTH MZ^KB