The Varian Way Weekend

Our Annual Summer Event was held: August 4-5, 2018

The Varian Way Weekend was a celebration of Sheila’s foundations principles, shared by a community of like-minded horsemen and women, wrapped up into one glorious, unforgettable weekend. We invite you to join us next year to wholly experience the wondrous equine lifestyle that is The Varian Way.

Featuring Clinician: Abe Cotton

Abe  Cotton and 2017 Canadian National Champion Half-Arabian Western Pleasure Jr. Horse: CPH Rockstarr

and Guest Host: Rory O'Neill

Rory O'Neill



  • 2018 Videos
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  • Schedule
  • Clinician: Abe Cotton
  • Guest Host: Rory O'Neill


Lightning Strike V: In-Hand 1


Lightning Strike V - In Hand video 2


Lightning Strike V - Under Saddle


Monticello V - In Hand video 1


Monticello V - In Hand video 2



The Varian Way Weekend




8:15 am Check-in, Continental Breakfast & Open Barns

9:30 am Welcome by Angela Alvarez & Staff ~ Sale Arena

9:45 am  Abe Cotton - Seminar ~ Sale Arena

10:45 am The Collection Sale Horses at Liberty 

11:45 pm Santa Maria Style BBQ Lunch & present Breeding Stallions

1:45 pm Abe Cotton Seminar ~ Show Arena

2:45 pm Collection Horses Under Saddle ~ Show Arena

3:30 pm Katrina Sanders ~ Working Equitation Demonstration

4:00 pm Appetizers & Wine Tasting, Open Barns, Request viewing of specific sale horses, finalize sales and breedings

Varian Arabians - Stallion Barn

6:00 pm Farm closes


8:15 am Check-in & Open Barns

10:00 am Famous Varian Arabians Pasture Mare Walk with Angela Alvarez & the Varian Staff.
                This is the perfect opportunity to meet the legendary Varian Mares and their foals up close and personal

10:45 am Champagne Brunch and a presentation of Stallions 

12:00 pm Presentation of Collection Sale Horses ~ Under Saddle Horses, by request, after presentation

1:15 pm Rory O'Neill - Seminar ~ Sale Arena

2:00 pm Open Barns, Request to see specific horses, finalize sales and breedings






Abe Cotton and 2016 U.S. Nationals with CPH RockstarrFeatured Clinician: Abe Cotton
Varian Arabians welcomes multi-National and Regional Champion winning trainer Abe Cotton, of Cotton Performance Horses in Manchester, Michigan, as our featured Clinician at the 2018 Varian Way Weekend.
Abe grew up in Michigan on his family's Quarter Horse farm. Usually having about 100 head, he was always around horses and started learning riding and training techniques from his aunt at an early age.  He met his wife, Nicole, in college. As her family breeds Hunter Pleasure type arabians, she was abe to get him into the the Arabian business. This also includes training Hunter Pleasure horses too.
"I do love the touch it takes to finish a bridle horse" says Abe, "but I do get a lot of pride and satisfaction in taking a young horse from scratch. It's very rewarding".

His success in the open Arabian and Half-Arabian Western Pleasure division transcends easily to a very successful amateur riding program garnering many National wins too. "We are very good a matching amateur riders with the right horse." says Abe.
Abe won the 2017 Canadian National Champion Half-Arabian Western Pleasure Junior Horse on CPH Rockstarr. This matchup also won 2016 U.S. National Champion AWPA Half-Arabian Western Pleasure Junior Horse.

Abe Cotton and CPH Belle Star CPH Belle Starr and Abe Cotton




rory national winFeatured Guest Host: Rory O'Neill
Rory O’Neill, Head trainer, a life long horsemen studied under some the greatest Arabian Horse Trainers & Breeders we have ever seen in the Arabian Horse Industry. Growing up in California, Rory, was exposed to the greatest horses and people during the 1980’s heyday.

With all this personal hands on experience he is eager to show everyone that he turns out a polished product each and every time. Showing and preparing many horses to numerous National Championships , countless Top Tens and  hundreds of Regional Championships, Rory has a system unique to him and displays a touch each horse can grow to it’s full potential.
Rory always strives to treat every ’student’ as an individual with dignity!

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