|Silver spurs for sale.|
|Sign advertising the |
National Championship Rodeo
|I watch the charros!|
There is a certain order on how the competitions proceed. Usually money is not won by the charros but they may win a trophy. I noticed that many of the charros were dressed alike which I found out comprised a team. Each team comes from a ranch and they compete against other ranches. Charros are judged by finesse and grace, speed and how well the horse is trained.
Wikipedia's information is that the Charreada is a tradition from 16th century Spain where there would be competition between haciendas. When tradition began to fade, the Federacion Mexicana de Charreria was formed to keep the tradition alive. Usually, the competitors are upper middle class because their hats can cost between $200 to $2,500.
|A fancy sombrero.|
I did not like the third event called Colas en el Lienzo (steer tailing) where the charro grabs the bulls tail, wraps it around his leg and rides past the bull to knock it down. Fourth was the Jineteo de Toro (bull riding) and I noticed the bull was smaller than the ones we use in the United States. The charro must not fall off and when he dismounts he needs to land standing up. Fifth was Terna en el Ruedo (team roping) where three charros try to rope a bull by the neck and hind legs while the third charro ties the bull's feet together. Three against one did not seem fair to me!
Sixth event is called Jineteo de Yegua (bareback on wild mare) and this resembles our bareback riding of a bucking horse. Seventh was the Manganas a Pie (forefooting) where the charro is on foot, ropes horse's front legs as the mare is chased by three mounted charros. Eighth was the Manganas a Caballo (forefooting on horseback) as a charro tries roping horse's front legs and causes it to fall. I felt sorry for the poor horse that actually got roped. Many did not and I sighed with relief to see the horse run off!
|Manganas a Caballo|
I thought the rodeo was over until my friends said, "Now comes the Escaramuza (skirmish)!" I waited and saw many young, beautiful girls come into the arena. They were dressed in colorful crinolines as they rode side saddle. I was told they are sometimes called Adelitas (woman of the revolution). The women maneuver their horses in many formations which reminded me of our Westernairs.
|A young rider|
Even though watching the Charreada was interesting, some parts of it, I would place in the same location I keep bull fighting, circuses and rodeos. I feel sad for the animals because I know they have got to feel pain!
|With hind legs tied, this horse will fall|
and I hope it does not get hurt!
"If a man aspires toward a righteous life,
his first act of abstinence is from injury
to animals." Leo Tolstoy