Sheila Varian

breeder of Arabian horses

Sheila Varian (August 8, 1936 – March 6, 2016) was an American breeder and trainer of Arabian horses. She was born in Santa Maria, California. Her career began in 1963. She used vaquero-influenced methods of training horses.

Sheila Varian
Sheila Varian; blonde caucasian woman wearing sunglasses and a pink shirt holding her hands on her hips and looking to her right
Sheila Varian, April 2010 at Varian Arabians
Born(1936-08-08)August 8, 1936
DiedMarch 6, 2016(2016-03-06) (aged 79)
OccupationArabian horse breeder, trainer, owner
Known forHorsewoman, Cowgirl Hall of Fame inductee

Varian produced many famous Arabian horses who won many show horses in the United States. Varian received many awards from the United States Equestrian Federation. She was added into the National Cowgirl Museum and Hall of Fame in 2003.

Varian died in Arroyo Grande, California from ovarian cancer on March 6, 2016. She was aged 79.[1]


  1. "Arabian Horse legend, Sheila Varian, Dies at 79". Horse Retrieved March 8, 2016.

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