The Varian Way Weekend

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

The Varian Way Weekend will be 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 August 4th and 5th to wholly experience the wondrous equine lifestyle that is The Varian Way.


Featured Clinician is: Abe Cotton

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



  • Schedule
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The Varian Way Weekend




8:30 am Check-in, Continental Breakfast & Open Barns, Sheila Varian Museum Open, Varian Arabians Boutique Open

9:30 am Welcome by Angela Alvarez ~ Sale Arena

9:45 am  Seminar ~ Sale Arena

10:45 am The Collection Sale Horses at Liberty ~ Sale Arena

11:30 am STALLION PRESENTATION: Audacious ps, Major Mac V, Always A Jullyen V, The Seeker V, Emphasis DDA, and Skyefall

11:45 pm Santa Maria Style BBQ, Museum, Shopping Expo & Varian Boutique Open

1:45 pm Mike Perez Seminar ~ Sale Arena

2:45 pm Collection Horses Under Saddle ~ Show Arena

4:15 pm Appetizers & Wine Tasting, Open Barns, Request to see specific horses, finalize sales and breedings, Museum open til 6 pm

Varian Arabians - Stallion Barn

6:00 pm Farm closes


8:30 am Check-in & Open Barns, Sheila Varian Museum Open

10:00 am Varian Arabians Mare Walk with Angela Alvarez & Staff. Meet the legendary Varian Mares and their foals.

10:45 am Champagne Brunch and a presentation of STALLIONS In-Hand and & Under Saddle

12:00 pm Presentation of Collection Horses to music – Sale Arena
Under Saddle Horses by request after presentation

1:15 pm Seminar ~ Show Arena

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

sales and breedings, Museum open till 4 pm

4:00 pm Conclusion of The Varian Way Weekend






Register for the The Varian Way Weekend online!

or Click here to download/print Registration Form - mail or fax only!

The Varian Way Weekend - Adult Registration

Adult registration

Both days: $125.00
Saturday: $80.00
Sunday: $60.00


The Varian Way Weekend - Child Registration

Child registration - 17 and under
Children under 6 - free
Both days: $60.00
Saturday: $40.00
Sunday: $30.00




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