Tlajomulco de Zuniga is
just outside Guadalajara to the south in a valley north of Lake
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
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
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 with tail in hand causing him to turn and take a tumble.
The sooner and more dramatic the bulls fall - the higher the
score it seemed.
All in all a good afternoon.
The covered arena gave me some lighting problems with the camera
- but getting rained out would have been worse.