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					                  71st Anniversary Trek
                Rancon Equestrian Center
                                             aka.
             High Horse Camp – Murrieta

              Welcome Vaqueros and Guests
Before getting into the nitty-gritty of this year’s Trek and the
highlights of last year’s, I’d like to take a moment and point
out a few (on the duty roster) of the many individuals that
volunteer their time for the benefit of your Club. Each one,
volunteering their time, skills, expertise and/or resources to
make sure each Vaqueros experience is the best it can be. I
encourage each and every one of our members, as well as our
guests to consider offering your time or skills in the same way.
If you have suggestions that would improve some aspect of
the club, please contact the person that is currently manag-
ing that task and collaborate with them. It will enhance the
experience for all of us!

               2009 Duty Roster & Assignments
Camp Director .......................................................................... Jerry Fink
Ranch/Site Relations ........................................Gary Etchandy & Jerry Fink
Registration & Fees ............................................................Mike Gatherer
Badges………………………………………..……………………………Berkeley Johnston
Parking…………………………………………………….………….….Archbold & Tatman
Outhouses & Dumpsters…………………………….….……………………….Jerry Fink
Firewood & Equipment………………………………..…………………..Gary Etchandy
Water, Hoses & Fire Safety……………………..…………………….“Blaze” & Ochoa
Medical Plan/Safety………………………………..…………………….“Blaze” & Ochoa
Rental Horses………………………………………..……………………………Don Kurzen
Veterinarian…………………………………………..………………………………Jerry Fink
Farrier…………………………………………………..……………………………..Kirt Moore
Trail Trials……………………………………………..………….Knudson & M. Gatherer
Horse Shoes…………………………………………………………………Scheller & Valles
Team Sorting…………………………………………..…..T. Anderson & S. Lockwood
Branding……………………………………..…….Fink, Larner, Knudson, Rasmussen
Awards, Buckles, Plaques
Vaquero Milestones, Gifts…………..……………………..……………….Doug Larner
Entertainment…………………………..………………………R. Archbold & Jerry Fink
Directors Skit…………………………………………………………………Doug Knudson
Mavericks & Maverick Skit…………………………………………Charlie Rasmussen
Raffle…………………………………….….…………………………………..Tom Anderson
Bar-Cantina……………………………………………………………….Knudson & Kurzen
Catering…………………………………..……………………………………….Robert Esser
Refreshments………………………….……………..“Blaze”, Knudson, & Jason Fink
Membership Dev. & Experience Enrichment ............................ Robert Esser
Ride Book ....................................................... Doug Larner & Don Kurzen


                                                
        Vaqueros Del Desierto
       Our History - In a Nutshell

In 1938, a group of local businessmen and pro-
fessionals from the Los Angeles and Palm Springs
areas joined together to organize a riding club
by the name of the Vaqueros Del Desierto. This
hardy group set out on their first official ride on
November 2 of that same year. There were 30
or so Vaqueros on that first ride that took them
across the desert to the mountains north of Palm
Springs and back by way of One Thousand Palms,
to return on November 6th.

Sam J. Buckingham, a winter resident of Palm
Springs, was named the very first “El Presidente
del Vaqueros”, a title later shortened to “El Jefe”.
In addition, they named other officers and direc-
tors in the organization:

Clifford Mead (winter resident)….………..VP
Warren B. Pinney ( El Mirador)….Sect. & Tres.
Anthony Burke (Palm Springs.….….Publicity
Hal Kelly (Los Angeles)………………Publicity
Frank Bogert (Palm Springs)... Photography
Travis Rogers (Palm Springs)……..…Horses
Jack Petras (Santa Barbara)……..…....Chow
Philip Boyd, mayor of Palm Springs
Frank Bennett, Deep Well Ranch
Earl O. Soffman, Desert Inn
George Roberson, Desert Inn
Don Lake, L.A. Attorney
Lee Bergen, Palm Springs resident




                         
Looking at the original roster, the men had such
picturesque nicknames as Hay Fever Champ, Mule
Skinner, Chow, and Java Professor. That didn’t
deter the likes of Alan Jones, Lewis Stone, John
Warbuton, Dennis Day and Robert Taylor who were
the celebrities in the company of the first riders.
The menu listed one cold buffet luncheon served
up at the Deep Well Ranch, and from the extensive
list of Cowboy Trimmings, Roundup Rations, and
Vaqueros Vittles it’s obvious that nobody went
hungry. The luncheon included 4 aspics, 3 other
salads, salmon, trout, turkey, roast beef, Polish
& Virginia ham, rack of lamb, fried chicken, and
cow’s tongue. The ride was such a success that
their numbers doubled the next year and included
additional “well knowns” as Frank Morgan, Charlie
Farrell, Bill Gargan and Senator George Maypole of
Illinois (I’m sure it had a lot to do with that menu
– cold or not!) and continued to grow steadily
through the successive years.

El Presidente, Sam J. Buckingham, passed away
in early 1941, and the position was taken over by
Cliff Mead, but in 1942, WWII intervened. They
didn’t organize rides again until the Spring of 1946.
They used the same desert to mountain trails for
their Springtime Trek over the next several years.
However a decision, based mainly on the Desert’s
spring temps, prompted them to venture into the
Angeles National Forest. From 1949-1971 the
ride’s Home Base remained in and around the
Angeles Forest Area until the group voted to move
the Annual Trek to a different location each year.




                         
The Annual Treks and their locations seem to
improve and get better each year, along with the
Membership and Guests. Steeped in traditions
and camaraderie, Vaqueros Del Desierto continues
to be an Organization of great distinction, with a
long illustrious history that is poised to continue
for decades to come. Past, Current, and Future
Members, continue to live life to its fullest, leave
the “outdoors” how you found it (or better), and
be counted among the numbers “In It for the Love
of the Ride”.




                         
Annual Trek Locations

1971 - Heart Bar Ranch
1972 – Cuyamaca
1973 – Cuyamaca
1974 – Quaking Aspen/High Sierras
1975 – Cuyamaca
1976 – John’s Horse Camp/High Sierras
1977 – Cuyamaca
1978 – Point Mugu
1979 – Cuyamaca
1980 – Camp Pendleton
1981 – Zaca Lake
1982 – Cuyamaca
1983 – Point Mugu
1984 – Cojo & Jalama Ranches
1985 – Bandido Campground
1986 – Bonita Meadows/High Sierras
1987 – Cojo & Jalama Ranches
1988 – Hearst Castle
1989 – Kemp Ranch/Mount Laguna
1990 – Squints Ranch
1991 – Freeman Creek/High Sierras
1992 – Camp Pendleton
1993 – Mutua Flats
1994 – Lucky 5 Ranch
1995 – Cojo & Jalama Ranches
1996 – Bandido Campground
1997 – Rancho Las Flores
1998 – Holcomb Valley
1999 – Heart Bar Equestrian Park
2000 – Hearst Ranch
2001 – Lloyd Meadows/Sequoia National Monument
2002 - White Oaks Camp/Santa Barbara
2003 - Coho & Jalama Ranches
2004 – Tejon Ranch Company
2005 – Los Potreros Chamberlin Ranch
2006 – Righetti Ranch
2007 – Holcomb Valley Scout Camp
2008 – Garner Valley/Lake Hemet
2009 – High Horse Camp/Murrieta


                      
                   2009
            Vaqueros Del Desierto
                Organization
                          *New*
                 Official Club Address:
                Vaqueros Del Desierto
                   PO Box 61265
           Pasadena, CA 91116
          www.VaquerosDelDesierto.org


                      Officers
President………………………………..Jerry Fink
Vice President ………….………..Robert Esser
Treasurer.. ………………….……Mike Gatherer
Secretary……………………….……Doug Larner
                  Members serving on the
                   Board of Directors
Jerry Fink          Dennis Miller     Berkeley Johnston
Robert Esser        Tom Anderson      Larry Tatman
Mike Gatherer       Don Kurzen        Chris Castillo
Doug Larner         Steve Lockwood    Randy Archbold




                           
                Our 27th El Jefe
                 Jerry Fink
Every two years, the Directors
assemble to nominate and elect
Officers for the following two years.
It is often a long and heated event, at
times escalating to mayhem, but in
the end, a fresh new El Jefe emerges
hopeful and inspired.

Well, that wasn‟t exactly the case this
last election.     The meeting had
already stretched all afternoon, the
group was an hour past mayhem and
being cut off at the bar, as several
members scoped the room for objects to use as weapons.
When the reluctant voice stated with conviction, “I‟ll be the
President…if it means we can get out of here!”

The other members loosened their grips on each
others throats, looked around and nodded. It was a
unanimous decision! Jerry Fink will be El Jefe!

Jerry began riding at the tender age of 5 on his Great
Uncle‟s Utah Ranch and it was love at first ride. I guess it‟s
no surprise to find his favorite trails are still the wide open
country of Mountain Home, Utah, where he can also get his
hunt, his fish, and his camp on.

Graduating from Temple City HS in the San Gabriel Valley,
he was able to gain an appreciation for this state‟s wild
places, and says, if he could take the Club anywhere in CA
on a trek, he‟d want go to the High Sierras. In fact, he‟s
working hard to make that a reality before he leaves office.

When asked how he likes this position thus far, his response
was, “It is both challenging and enlightening”. That says a
lot coming from a man who is a Pasadena City Fire Capt.
with over 30 years of service. He reports the challenge is
keeping on top of all the little tasks that go into planning the
Treks and events then finding a “good” way to organize it
all, and keep up with articles for the Cantina. “But”, he

                               
confesses that “without the continued support, direction,
and encouragement from all the Directors, many past El
Jefes themselves, this last year would have gone up in
smoke.”

Regardless of the frustration that comes with the
responsibility of this position, he loves the camaraderie of his
fellow directors and the rest of the horseman. This is an
experience he wouldn‟t trade for the world. For that, he
says, he would most definitely serve another term…in his
words, “Yes, I‟d serve again in a heartbeat! Ask me in
another year, and my answer won‟t be reluctant this time.”
There you have it Directors…your next vote may be the
easiest one yet!

Jerry falls right in the middle of the group as a whole, not
closer to the oldest or the youngest, and seems to share the
values of both. He can appreciate, and embraces honoring
the history and traditions of this Organization and would like
it to continue. He also sees the value to be added by
embracing some of the conveniences provided by technology
more familiar to the younger members. Melding the two
could help keep the Members more involved and in the loop,
and give more of them a chance to assist in planning
without interfering with job & family, and where distance
doesn‟t come into play. The Membership is rich with talent
at both ends of this spectrum. If technology offers the
elements needed to create this fusion of Membership, then
lets give that a try. What he‟s really saying is…on the top of
Jerry‟s wish list as president…he‟d like to find a way to
commandeer or build a shower trailer for camp. Second on
that list is a memorial webpage dedicated to our deceased
Members. So profound.

As the interview concluded, El Jefe stated on the record,
that his wife Angie is a superstar for being so supportive of
his dedication to the Club, but that his proudest moment
thus far would be having his eldest son Jason attending the
2008 Trek as a Maverick, who by the way, took home the
2008 Maverick of the Year award! Jason piled on another
scoop, announcing that he‟d return as a 2nd year guest on
the 2009 Trek. Jerry‟s hopes for the future were simple,
that his time in office will be considered a real contribution
to the Club and his fellow Members, and that his youngest
son Jake will also accompany him as a Maverick some day.

                              
    Vaqueros Past El Presidentes
       (also referred to as “El Jefe”)
Sam J. Buckingham*……….……………..………………..1938-1940
Cliff Mead*………………….…….…………………..…….…1941-1963
George S. Sharp*….…….…….…………………….………1964-1965
William H. Buckingham*……………..…………….……..1966-1967
Roy Dial*…………………….….……………….…….……….1968-1969
 McKee Thompson*………….……..……………………….1970-1971
Albert C. Taucher*……….………….……………..……….1972-1973
G. Darrell Hufford………….……….……………..…………1974-1976
Max Heinzelman………………………….……………………1977-1978
Rufus J. Walker*…………………..…………….…………………..1979
Stanley L. Hahn, Jr.………………………………….………1980-1981
William E. Hendrix……………………...……………………1982-1983
 Terry Chapman……………………………………………….1984-1985
Stanley W. Smith (DS 1)*………..…………..……………………1986
Joseph M. Inch III…………………..……….………………………1987
Ronald S. Lefler*…………………..…….…….……….……1988-1989
Andrew Muir………………………..…………….…….……………..1990
Dale O. Hutchins*……………….…………..……………….1991-1992
Al Oliver, Jr………………………..………….………………..1993-1994
John R. Parks………………….…..………………………….1995-1996
Doug Knudson………………….……………………………..1997-1998
Jeff Lockwood………………….………………………………1999-2000
Don Kurzen………………………………….……….…………2001-2002
Doug Larner .………………….…………..………..………..2003-2004
Berkeley W. Johnston……….………..…………………….2005-2006
Dennis Miller……………………………..…………..………..2007-2008
           *Deceased



         Currently Active X-Jefes

       Stanley L. Hahn, Jr.    Jeff Lockwood
       William E. Hendrix      Don Kurzen
       Joseph M. Inch, III     Douglas Larner
       John Parks              Terry Chapman
       Doug Knudson            Dennis Miller
       Berkeley W. Johnston


                         
          Rancon Equestrian Center
       High Horse Camp – Murrieta, CA

Back in the early 80s when the Santa Rosa Plateau was truly
the “wild west”, Dan Stephenson, founder of Rancon Real
Estate, developed a 1,000-acre project now known as the
beautiful La Cresta Highlands. Nestled in the foothills of the
Cleveland National Forest, it consisted of 50, 20-acre home
sites in the rolling hills above Murrieta. Since then, residents
have continued to discover what we know to be a most
                                           amazing place to
                                           live.

                                          One lot in particular
                                          caught Dan’s eye
                                          because     of     its
                                          natural stand of oak
                                          trees as well as its
                                          proximity to      the
                                          Cleveland National
                                          Forest. He kept this
                                          20-acre parcel to be
called High Horse Camp, with the intention of adding a few
amenities and allowing the community to use it as an
equestrian center. The Rancon Company has also built
corals, stalls, fire rings, and camping areas with the help of
many of these horse groups and individuals. The riders have
developed and built up a trail system that extends up into
the Cleveland National Forest trail system.

It’s also open to Groups of horsemen, like The Vaqueros Del
Desiertos Organization, on a reservation basis, to enjoy as a
base camp and event center, and offered for use to Scouting
Groups as well as Equine Training and Riding Organizations
as a way of giving back to
the community.




Paula B. Hackbarth
Executive Asst. to Dan
Stephenson
Rancon Group




                              0
                 Maverick Mother
                      2009




              Charlie Rasmussen
              Charlie Rasmussen
 For You Mavericks in the Group, your sponsor has selected
For You Mavericks in the Group, your sponsor has selected
 you as a 1st Year Guest – Green Maverick because he
you as a 1st Year Guest – Green Maverick ––because he
 believes your presence will make a positive contribution to
believes your presence will make a positive contribution to
 the Organization. The Maverick designation is the initiation
the Organization. The Maverick designation is the initia-
 phase of Full fledged Membership, and brings in all all
tion phase of Full fledged Membership, and brings inour our
 Guests on an even playing field…at the bottom; regardless
Guests on an even playing field…at the bottom; regardless
 of income, profession, property, association, or name. Your
of income, profession, property, association, or name. Your
 sponsor MUST introduce you to The Maverick Mother, he
sponsor MUST introduce you to The Maverick Mother, ififhe
 hasn‟t already done so, make sure he has.
hasn’t already done so, make sure he does.

   encourage you, as a First Year Maverick, to get involved,
II encourage you, as a First Year Maverick, to get involved,
 be interactive with the Membership, participate in the
be interactive with the Membership, participate in the activi-
 activities and competitions, but all, get the most most the
ties and competitions, but aboveabove all, get the out ofout
 of the time by us by fun!
time with uswithhaving having fun!

 As you will observe, the cocktail hour/Director‟s Skit is put
As you will observe, the cocktail hour/Director’s Skit is put
 on each year for the membership, and performed to
on each year for the membership, and performed to exacting
 exacting standards. This tradition fanfare displayed
standards. This tradition of robust of robust fanfare by the
 displayed by the Board of Directors, leaves each member
Board of Directors, leaves each member with a sense of
 with and confidence and confidence in the new move for-
pride a sense of pride in the new leadership as weleadership
 as we move the challenging task of finding task of finding
ward seekingforward seeking the challengingnew Ride Sites,
 new Ride events, and making each one better each one
organizing Sites, organizing events, and making than the last.
 better than the last.
Your Maverick Mother is aware of the challenge you will face,
he’s been where you are now. He the challenge you will
 Your Maverick Mother is aware of has spent the last year
 face, he‟s ways to prepare each and every one of the for
thinking of been where you are now. He has spent you last
 year thinking of ways to prepare each and every one of you
this opportunity to embrace this Organization’s traditions.
 for this opportunity to embrace this Organization‟s traditions.
                              
We Members have the utmost trust and confidence in his
ability to do just that…drawing from his experience in the
Marine Corps…he should have no problem bringing each
New Maverick up to speed and getting „em dialed in. Give
Charlie that same confidence and trust, determination, and
willingness to learn, as he guides you through your own
Maverick Skit and Ceremony, and he promises to return you
in one piece.

The membership is excited you have accepted the invitation
to join us in honoring the traditions of this fine club since
1938. Welcome to the June Trek 2009, and may we see
your face on many more to come.

Welcome Mavericks,

The Vaqueros Del Desierto
 Board and Members



For the Maverick that stands out among the
crowd:

          Maverick of the Year
                 2008




                    Jason Fink
                            
 1000 Thank Yous – Pay it Forward

Every once in a while one of our Members will go
above and beyond the call of duty for the
Organization. This year is no exception.

Our fellow member, Gary Etchandy has done just
that. His duty this year, according to the roster, was
to work with El Jefe Jerry Fink in Site Relation
activities. These would be all the details it takes to
secure the site location, dates, and amenities from
the practical and legal sense.


                        But this year, Gary went
                        beyond those duties to really
                        let God‟s Grace shine in the
                        details. Without asking about
                        the “Who” or the “How”, he
                        packed up his tractor and tools,
                        and dedicated his attention,
and more than 120 man hours to: Grading areas for
parking trailers, clearing brush, removing debris, and
mending fences. He set out to make sure that the
entire area was horse friendly, and the enclosures
were safe for both riders and mounts.

This is the spirit of a true Vaquero. Seeing there is
something to be done, then just getting in there and
doing it. Not many would, even if they were asked,
so we own Gary a Big Thanks and Round of Applause.

He is a great example for the rest of us, to give what
we can whether it is donating our services, time, our
efforts, or our money to improve something for the
greater good. Thank You Gary, for leaving it better
than we arrived, and for setting an example for us to
pay it forward.


                          
        2009 Club Photographer
Greg Davis, a 3rd year (Guest),
has generously volunteered to be
the photographer on this year’s
Trek and so has been named
Official Photog of Trek 2009. He
shall be known hence forth as
Greg “Snapshot” Davis.
                                   He will be taking
                                   many pictures on
                                   the trail, like this
                                   one, as well as
                                   shots throughout
                                   camp. The best
                                   part, he has
                                   agreed to make
                                   them available for
                                   members and
                                   guests.


You have likely seen the
great job he’s done if
you have gotten a
glimpse of the shots like
these. Work with him
to get more of those
great shots on the trails.
Remember: if you
happen to get an award or win one of the contests,
STOP to have your picture taken by “Snapshot”!



Email “Snapshot” @ G.nl@verizon.net



                          
             Member and Guest Input

On that note, we see that many of you are snapping shots
with your own cameras. The members maintaining your
website and putting together your Trek Books are trying to
make them the best they can be. They would greatly
appreciate if you’d post those shots to the website OR
simply send copies to Skip or “Snapshot”.


It is the hopes of the current El Jefe, that we can get a site
set up on the internet to act as a giant bank of Vaqueros
pictures, where everyone can save copies of their shots too,
and the quality and resolution of the downloads will be
Print quality. There is something in the works but no
launch date yet. Stay tuned.


Your additional photos will greatly help us improve not
only the Website and Trek Books, but will improve the
historical contribution and enrich the entire experience for
everyone.


            Our Generous Thanks To:

        Jay Richardson, Greg Davis & others
  for their photographic contributions in current &
  past Trek Books, Ride photos, Cantina News and
           those available on the website.


For Bright Futures,

Jerry Fink, El Jefe
And

Robert Esser, VP & Enrichment Coordinator
                             
       Merchandise Coordinator
 Larry Tatman, the “Go To” Guy for all your
     membership merchandise needs!


                 If you were to run into a
                 guy on the street, who
                 didn‟t have his horse…how
                 could you tell he was a
                 Vaquero? He‟s wearing the
                 coolest jacket with the
                 Vaqueros del Desierto logo!
Do you have yours yet? Not to worry…the
Board has designated the new position of
Merchandise Coordinator to streamline the
processing of all your Vaqueros orders. The
lucky   gentleman       who    landed    this
appointment is none other than, the
Amazing Larry Tatman.

Be sure to check out all the merchandise
offered, complete with the Vaqueros logo,
(that you can also have personalized) along
with the sizing and Ordering Instructions on
our Vaqueros website. Then stock up on
your “personalized” jackets, hats, & mugs
so you won‟t go unrecognized, when you‟re
caught without your horse. Any suggestions
for items you’d like to see added to the current
selection should also be directed to, Mr.
Amazing – Larry Tatman.
You can contact him by email                 at:
ltatman@copperelectric.com

                       
                Safety First – Tip 1
  Always ride in groups of 3 or more riders. If you
  don’t, “lonely” will be the least of your problems.




                Safety First – Tip 2
If a fellow Vaquero is on the ground adjusting his tack, assist
him in keeping his horse calm by taking it as a sign to STOP.
Passing them may spook his horse or yours, and won’t end
well. We are not here to be on that tight a schedule, we’re
all here to have fun!




                             
       Vaqueros Del Desierto
            Trail and Riding Rules

1.    Sponsors must accompany their guests during
      a Trek and on the trails, and are also
      accountable for their conduct as well.
2.    All rides MUST be in groups of 3 or more riders.
3.    Any problem that arises on the trail should be
      brought to the attention of the Trail Boss or
      Drag Rider, as well as any questions that come
      up, or clarification needed.
4.    While on the trail, the Trail Boss has complete
      authority and charge of all riders, please
      respect that.
5.    No rider shall ride in advance of the Trail Boss,
      and the trail he has sets forth as the route shall
      be the only one followed.
6.    Do not leave the ride or go off the trail without
      notifying the Trail Boss or Drag Rider FIRST.
7.    If your horse is a kicker, Please tie a Red
      Ribbon on its tail.
8.    On the trail, maintain a safe distance between
      horses, at least one horse length apart on level
      ground and at least 2 lengths apart when riding
      up or down steep grades or when on
      narrow/ledge trails.
9.    Do not stop on narrow/ledge portions of a trail.
      Do not ride off the trail or take shortcuts, it can
      cause erosion of the trail.
10.   NEVER run or race you horse while riding with
      the organized, guided trail ride. If you need to
      pass another rider on the trail, do so at a walk
      or a trot.
11.   ABSOLUTELY no littering on the trail. Any
      refuse, cans, bottles, bags, even paper or
      biodegradables MUST be carried back out and
      disposed of properly in Camp.
12.   ABSOLUTELY NO SMOKING WHILE MOUNTED,
      on the trail or in camp. Smoke ONLY in the
      designated areas in Camp and only at
      designated stops along the trail.
13.   Riding through Camp quarters and/or up to the
      Cantina is expressly prohibited.
14.   No firearms on the ride. No Junior mounts,
      ABSOLUTELY NO DOGS, and no stallions either.


                           
               In Camp Guidelines
This being a men‟s Club, we often engage in antics we
wouldn‟t at home. We want to make sure that these
antics can continue but ensure everyone gets the same
enjoyment on the trip, even perpetrate as well as receive
the maximum levels of hi-jinx…WITHOUT crossing the
line. The following guideline has compiled in an effort to
distinctly point out where that line IS. It is our belief
that everyone on the ride has the ability and the rite to
choose whether to participate OR be excluded from the
hi-jinx and horseplay, and those choices should be
respected. Here are the guidelines, so pay attention,
and adhere to them.
    1.   Horseplay stops short of damaging or
         destroying another’s property, whether it’s a
         shirt, a hat, pants, his bunk or anything else.
    2.   Horseplay stops short of bodily injury to
         anyone, man or horse, or if the action has
         the potential to cause harm.
    3.   Horseplay stops short of involving those
         individuals choosing not to participate.
    4.   Horseplay stops short of disturbing any
         Vaquero, once he has gone to bed.
         Everyone needs their beauty sleep!
    5.   Lastly…Only dish it if you can take it.
         Meaning, don’t perpetrate hi-jinx then
         withdraw your participation. You won’t be
         taken seriously by those seeking retribution,
         and you won’t find sympathy anywhere else.
         Tread lightly, but by all means…have a great
         time!

Doug “Roper” Smith is your official bartender. None of
the bartenders are permitted to hand out any bottles of
liquor or mixes, so don‟t ask. All drinks will be served by
the glass ONLY.
Separate parties and cliques are discouraged. We encourage
everyone to join the party around the campfire and the
Cantina in the tradition of the Vaquero fellowship. (That
includes you SA and DS members…we understand you can’t
help yourselves).


                           
       Empty Saddle




Do not stand at my grave and weep,
I am not there, I do not sleep.

I am a thousand winds that blow.
I am the diamond glint on snow.
I am the sunlight on ripened grain.
I am the gentle autumn rain.

When you wake in the morning hush,
I am the swift, uplifting rush
Of quiet birds in circling flight.
I am the soft starlight at night.

Do not stand at my grave and weep.
I am not there, I do not sleep.

Do not stand at my grave and cry.
I am not there, I did not die!

                  by Mary E. Frye




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          71st Anniversary Trek
      Dedicated to Founding Member
    Frank Bogert
       (1910-2009)
For those able to make
last year’s Trek, you got a
chance to meet him.
Lucky are those who had a
chance to sit and talk with
him, to get a glimpse at the history he’s seen
throughout his full life, and to get to know one
of the individuals that has made the Vaqueros
experience possible for all of us. Mr. Bogert,
Frank…we salute you.




Frank passed away at the ripe youthful age of
99, on the Sunday morning of March 22, 2009.
We are so fortunate to have had the chance to
meet and get to know him last year.

We did a pretty good job highlighting the full
life that was, Frank Bogert, in last year’s Trek
Book in honor of his attendance. Instead of
simply reprinting the same stuff, this tribute
will come directly from those who knew him
best, and those whose life he touched.
                      
Excerpts       taken      from       the     Guest      Book       at
www.Legacy.com       website in partnership with
The Desert Sun newspaper:

“{It was the God-Damnedest thing I ever did see…}, those
words are in my head when I think of Frank. He became my
friend years ago. Loved Frank right off the bat. And his
wife…charming and sweet. He was so stubborn when it came
to taking advise, but I have to admit, he did know himself very
well. His spirit will forever be cast in this area of the world.
He leaves behind a permanent “boot” print in the desert. I’ll
miss you, You old coot!”
   -Victoria Gaede/Los Angeles, CA


“Frank and I were friends since the 1930’s when I worked for the
Desmonds and hung out with Frank around the El Mirador pool and
went on many horseback rides. He’ll be missed by many-including me.”
-Dorothy Bissel-Cox Las Cruces, NM

“He was a man, who was bigger than life, who took the time to
schedule several book signings at our small bookstore in Palm
Springs. He would sign his book and tell stories as long as there
were people around to listen. He would come into our bookstore
with his family and look for books on “charros” or “vaqueros” or other
books on Mexican culture. He was always telling friends about our
bookstore. Our sympathy to his family.”
  -Luciana Ramirez/Palm Springs, CA

“It was a real pleasure to have gotten to know Frank and Negie,
they have always treated us as friends, from the moment that we
met them. We always looked forward to seeing them when we
came to the desert to get away from our winter. Our thoughts
and prayers fo to the family during these days of re-adjusting
without Frank around. What an exciting life Frank lived. We
could all be so lucky.”
   -Don & Isabel Leveille/Vernon, British Columbia

Lucky are those who stood in the presence of such a
great person, unafraid to get involved to see that things
got done right…may his memory live on in all of us so it
may inspire all of us to be courageous, to live as long and
as well as he did, and leave this world a better place
than it was when we entered it. Adios, my fellow
Vaquero, mi compadre… my Friend.
             Los Vaqueros Del Desierto



                                
Insert the 2008 Trek Book pg. 13 HERE – leave
the border and graphic, but change the quote
to:




“If we work on marble, it will perish; if on brass,
time will efface it; if we rear up temples, they
will crumble into dust; but if we work upon
immortal minds and imbue them with principles,
with the just fear of God and the love of our
fellow men, we engrave on those tablets
something that will brighten to all eternity.”

                - Daniel Webster



                       
          The Brotherhood of
         The DS, Full of BS

   Organized just after invention of wheel
    by Stan Smith & Stan Hahn, Jr.

In an effort to keep the saying “Boys will be Boys”
alive and in the forefront of everyone’s mind, Stan
began to indoctrinate other lunatics into “The
Family” mainly to keep the rest on their toes.
Bringing with them to every event, the air of
horseplay and games, joking and tom foolery, and
yes…the crazy high jinx that will inevitably ensue
when you mix a DS and alcohol! Over the years,
they have anointed new “cast members” (some say
by snatching them in their sleep like the boogy
man), and designating them with a #. Stay on
your toes men, they lurk in the shadows.


DS1     Stan Smith (RIP)
DS2     Stan Hahn, Jr.
DS3     Darrell Hufford
DS4     Rufus Walker (RIP)
DS5     Doug Knudson
DS6     Bill Hendrix
DS6.9   Dale Hutchins
DS7     Gary Blum
DS8     Randy Archbold
DS9     Scott Scheller (2009)



                       
        The Brotherhood of
      The Straight Arrows

        Organized in 1985 by
Terry Chapman, Don Zimmerman, and
            Tom Lorne
Tired of the high jinx and tom foolery of the
notorious DS Brotherhood, these fellows set out
to establish its own brotherhood with the ranks
of Vaqueros that was a cut above and
distinguished.    For years they      remained
the only ones.      At the 2008          Annual
Banquet that all changed, now           SA    is
10 strong.
            2008 Inductees
Dennis “Blaze” Miller
Jerry “Flashpoint” Fink
Tom “Tommy Gun” Anderson
Don Kurzen
Doug Larner
Chris Castillo
Berkeley W. Johnston
Mike Gatherer
Larry Gray, Sr.




                      
                 71st Annual Trek Schedule
                    High Horse Camp – Murrieta
                        June 3rd – 7th, 2009

              Camp will open at 12:00 noon on Wednesday.

Opening Prayer………Chaplain………………..by The Straight Arrow Club
Flag Salute/Pledge of Allegiance…………..………..led by The Mavericks

                         Wednesday, June 3rd

12:00 noon     Arrive in Camp. Bring your own lunch.
1:00 pm       Groups of 3+ riders may take short rides.
4:00 pm       Registration opens. Sign in & collect ride info/gifts.
4:00 pm       The Cantina Del Desierto Open for Business.
5:00 pm       Maverick class meets with “Maverick Mom & El Jefe”
5:45 pm       Welcome to Camp, Intro of Board Members by El Jefe
6:00 pm       Dinner catered by Jeff Etchandy‟s company, Lettuce Cater.
Evening       Registration for Horseshoes and Trail Trials competition.
8:00 pm       Campfire

                        Thursday, June 4th (All Day Ride)

7:00-8:30am     Breakfast -* Last chance to register for events *
9:00 am         Saddle Up and Ride! All Day Ride Planned
               1 Long Ride to Lunch- 1 Short ride back
12:00 pm       “Old West” themed lunch at Gary & Marge Etchandy‟s
               new home & Saloon, catered Lettuce Cater
                [Tired riders may return to camp]
3:00 pm        Horseshoes tournament begins. Teams check-in.
5:00 pm        Cantina Del Desierto Happy Hour, hors d‟oeurvres , music
6:00 pm        Dinner, followed by Maverick Intro by their Sponsors,
               Welcome New Members with Buckles, and hand out Ride
               Pins for Ride Attendance/Completion.
8:00 pm        Campfire and Raffle Drawing

                           Friday, June 5th

7:00-8:30 am Breakfast
 9:00 am     Mount Up and Ride! Morning ride through the valleys &
             mountains (or short rides avail. for groups of 3+ riders)
 12:00 pm    Mexican style lunch with Tequila tasting, over the hill at
             Scott & Jodie Scheller‟s “Rancho Valle de la Jolla”, also
             catered by Lettuce Cater.
1:30-5:00 pm Horseshoes continues/Trail Trials begin (time permitting)
5:00 pm      Cantina Del Desierto Happy Hour, hors d‟hoeurves, music
6:00 pm      Dinner. Maverick skit and Initiation
             (Sponsors MUST be present).
7:30 pm      Campfire and Raffle Drawing.
             Bring your jokes and stories to share.


                                
SAT       Directors’ Meeting….(TBA)… Vice President, Robert Esser


                          Saturday, June 6th


7:00-8:30 am    Breakfast
9:00 am         Mount up for morning ride of 2-3 hours.
12:30 pm        Lunch in Camp
1:30 pm         2 hr. rides permitted for groups of 3 or > riders, not
               competing in camp
1:30-5:00 pm   Horseshoes, Trail Trials & Sorting Competition Finals
3:00 pm         Billy Erickson will entertain throughout competitions
5:30 pm        Cocktails
6:00 pm        Dinner, followed by Awards for Camp Competitions,
               Maverick of the Year, Horseman of the Year,
               and Vaquero of the Year, All Around Cowboy
7:30 pm        Campfire and Raffle Drawing
8:00 pm        Campfire Entertainment continues with Billy Erickson


                           Sunday, June 7th

7:00 am         Breakfast
8:30 am        “Unofficial” 2hr. rides permitted for groups of 3 or >
11:30 am        Break down Camp and clean up

1:00 pm        *ALL Directors & Mavericks *MANDATORY
                meeting with El Jefe- Jerry Fink
               Do Not Leave w/o El Jefe’s Dismissal




                                
                                                                       Campfire
                                                                     Entertainment


                                                                           Back
                                                                     -by popular demand-


 Photos for collage taken from BillyErickson.com, courtesy of Kini
 Lee, Dwight McCann, & Nancy DeMille




              Billy Erickson
Hold onto your cowboy hats, because you are about to
get the musical grand tour of “country” by this year’s
entertainer Billy Erickson! Whether he is playing solo or
performing with his band “The Bandits”, Billy takes you
on a nostalgic ride through the memorable country hits
of the 50’s, 60’s, and 70’s. Playing cover hits from all
your       favorite
artists like Willy
Nelson, Waylon
Jennings, Johnny
Cash, and Elvis
Presley.


There will be no
time for dozing
by fire…he keeps
you tethered in
with    lots   of
audience participation and humorous dialogue…why, he
even keeps you on your toes by throwing in a few of his
own original songs from his latest CD, “Waiting in Line”.

                                                      
          Annual Saddle & Sirloin Banquet
                  February 2009
Each year, the Vaqueros Members attend an annual banquet at
the Saddle & Sirloin Club on Rigali St. in Los Angeles, where
Terry Chapman is a member. Everyone has a great time with
the amazing menu, perfect ambience, and fantastic company.
This event also offers Vaquero Members an excellent opportunity
to invite a Guest or two and introduce them to the Vaquero
Fellowship and Organization.

It begins with Happy Hour and a chance to get to know your
fellow Members, followed by a superb “cowboy” dinner, and
concludes with announcements, awards, and a raffle! Don‟t
miss the next opportunity to invite a few friends or colleagues to
our next Banquet.




Highlight’s from the 2008 Dinner included an announcement from the
host, Terry Chapman and Don Zimmerman co-founders of the Straight
Arrow Brotherhood, an elite group within the Vaqueros, that they were
tired of being the only 2 SA (Straight Arrows) and inducted 9 new
Members into the SA Brotherhood fold.

Only a rich blend of New Guests can lead to a rich blend of New
Members, make each opportunity count!

       Passionately Dedicated,               Robert Esser, VP
                                          Enrichment Coordinator



                                 
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 Vaquero Del Desierto Awards

 One of the many traditions of the Vaqueros is to
   award its Members as well as its Guests, by
      recognizing their contributions to the
  Organization or for their skills in competitions,
      and present the awards at The Trek.




2008 Garner Valley – Lake Hemet Awards


 Vaquero of the Year
      2008
                               2007    Chris Castillo
                               2006    Robert Esser
                               2005     Don Kurzen
                               2004    Jerry Fink
                               2003    Concho Grinkey
                               2002    Doug Knudson
                               2001    Doug Larner
                               2000    Don Kurzen
                               1999    Doug Knudson
                               1998    Larry Moran
                               El Jefe, “Blaze” Miller
                               presents first time recipient,
                               Mike Gatherer, with 2008’s
                               Vaquero of the Year Award
                               during the Trek.


    Mike Gatherer

                        
       Horseman of the Year
              2008




         Steve Lockwood
2007    Gary Etchandy     2002   John Mullin
2006    David Valles      2001   Rick Bertram
2005    Chris Castillo    2000   Stan Smith
2004    Jeff Lockwood     1999   Gary Blum
2003    Raul Ochoa        1998   Scott Scheller
                          1997   Warren Walker




       Vaquero of the Decade

  1996-2006                       Doug Knudson




                         
 Horseshoes Champions
         2008




Scott Scheller & Ken Uffelen (not shown)


“All Around Cowboy” Award
               2008




         Larry Gray, Sr.
            Larry Gray


                  
Webster’s defines Maverick as:            [Noun]
         1.) maverick - an unbranded range animal (like a
         stray calf); belongs to the first person who puts
         a brand on it!
Hmmm…now there‟s a thought…a new contest…YES! Next
year‟s Brand-A-Maverick competition will be a HUGE hit!!
         2.) maverick - someone who exhibits great
         independence in thought and action; someone who
         refuses to conform to established standards of
         conduct.


           Really?? That‟s a surprise!




The Vaquero Organization is a Men‟s Club that offers
its Members the unique opportunity to hang out with
individuals from all walks of life, in many different
professions, but all share the common love of
horseback riding. Love of the Ride is not a pre-
requisite to joining, so we encourage you to invite
anyone and everyone to check out what we do. Most
come for the horses, but they stay for our Fellowship.
That being said…regardless of experience, profession
or who they know, we bring in all Guests in under the
same title: Maverick.

                           
         New Member Buckles
There is nothing more exciting for us Members, as well as
our 3rd Year Guests, I‟m sure, when we Officers introduce
our New Members. The moment every fledgling Maverick
dreams about, is the graduation from the ranks of the
“Greenies” to a Full Fledged Member. This happens once a
Guest has completed 3 June Treks, (not necessarily in 3
consecutive years). We commemorate this historic moment
by awarding the Third Year Guests in attendance with a
genuine “Cowboy Belt Buckle” complete with the Vaqueros
Del Desierto Insignia and embellishments, invoke your ability
to invite Guests of your own, and move your contact info
and picture to the hallowed Member pages in the next Trek
Roster. Congratulations Men & Welcome Aboard,

Your Diligent VP,                       Robert Esser


                     2008
                  New Members




      Charlie Carter (top left), Rex Vance (top right),
Charlie Rasmussen (bottom left), Dick Roger (bottom Right).
                             
    Organization Membership

Members are the lifeblood of the Organization, they
bring to it the enthusiasm for the love of the ride. As
Members, you are afforded the many benefits and
that come with it, for instance, voting in the General
Election of Board Members. You take part in the
shaping the future of the Club. The Board Members
are the ones who will choose and secure the ride
locations, mobilize the troops, organize the events,
and run the day to day operations of your Club.

For the very low annual fee of $50.00, collected at
the beginning of each year, you will be kept abreast
and be invited to participate in all these events. You
will also have the privilege of inviting your friends,
family, or colleagues to attend our events in the
hopes of becoming a Member. The Club benefits
greatly from its members diversity in income,
profession, residence, cultures.         Your biggest
responsibility as a Member is to get involved in your
Club, pay your annual dues and other fees promptly,
and make it a point to bring at least one guest to
every event. Your Club can only be as great as its
members, so do your part, and make it the greatest.

                  Dues/Fees Address:

        Mike Gatherer/Treasurer
                  1437 Shay Road
                Big Bear, CA 92314

Send any Club related monies to the Treasurer‟s
address above, not to the Club address in Pasadena.
This will ensure your payment will be deposited and
your account credited in a timely manner.
                   Thank You.


                         
Phyllis, put in
Lifetime scarf slide
pic HERE – you
have from lst year
pg. 34                         Lifetime
                              Membership
   In 2007, the ingenious Board of Directors, in response to
   member prompting, established a Charter Life
   Member designation.          These Members can be
   recognized by the limited edition sterling silver and gold
   numbered scarf slide, and their names added to the
   commemorative plaque that resides in the Cantina Del
   Desierto, immortalized in the history of the Vaqueros.

   The Vaqueros have enjoyed a long and colorful history
   from its many unique members, but never in its long
   history has there been an opportunity for a Member to
   be recognized for their demonstrated commitment to the
   Organization,      to      the
   Fellowship, and for the Love
   of the Ride.

   Whether you are a Maverick
   1st Year or you‟ve been in this
   from     the    beginning,     I
   encourage all of you to
   seriously consider making your
   Membership       a     Lifetime
   Membership       and     letting
   everyone know you are in it to the end.

   When you receive your Dues Statement at the end of the
   year instead of making the check out for $50.00, make it
   out for $1500.00 and never pay annual dues again!
   What? $1500.00? That‟s Crazy! Really? Frank Bogert,
   aged 99 at his passing in March & attended the June
   Trek last year, was in it for 70 years! He was in it for
   Life. Do you see yourself continuing to ride for the next
   10-20 years? Damn Straight you do. Do the math.
   Make the commitment, join the elite few who already
   have, and do it for the Love of the Ride.
                              
            The Lifer’s Club
John Mullin     Don Kurzen        Doug Larner
Dennis Miller   Chris Castillo    Doug Knudson
Mike Gatherer   Robert Esser      Jeff Rawitch
Carl Lindros    Larry Tatman      Marvin Rawitch
   Berkeley Johnston     Harald Grabowsky

Joined by our newest distinguished Charter Life Members:

Bill Hendrix, Skip Schembari, & Dave Briehoiz

Congratulations Men, for stepping up and
committing to making this Organization the very
best it can be through your demonstrated
dedication and actions.




   Got Horse? Old Cowboy looking to
   Ride. Have boots & hat, will travel.


Some of us are in it for the long haul, Are You?

                           

				
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