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Charreada in Tlajomulco de Zuniga

Charreada in Tlajomulco de Zuniga

Maria got a bunch of free tickets as a local restaurant promotion and asked if I wanted to go. I’ve only been to country rodeos and I was picturing precision drills by women riders – this was neither.

They call the Charreada the national sport – but I don’t know. These were four teams who compete on a regular basis with 5 events. Horse control, horse riding, horse roping, small bull riding and tail pulling.

Horse control is racing the length of the area and making a sudden stop – followed by left and right rotations. Horse riding involves jumping from your horse to another. Roping requires the team to entice a horse to circle the outside of the ring twice while someone waits to lasso on the second pass. Small bull riding is just that. Tail pulling requires you pass the bull on your horse grabbing it’s tail and causing him to turn and take a tumble. The sooner and more dramatic the bulls fall – the higher the score it seemed. Very intresting over all, both he action and the tradition.


The Arena
The Arena

Team Lineup
Team Lineup

Turn left - Turn right
Turn left – Turn right

Lasso a passing horse
Lasso a passing horse

Missed
Missed

Bull tail pull
Bull tail pull

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