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January 16, 2012

Video: Mexican vaqueras exhibit skills at the rodeo

Riding a horse doesn't seem easy to me -- much less sidesaddle and in a dress.

But that's the way it used to be, and the Fort Worth-based La Guadalupana escaramuzas team preserves the traditional Mexican riding style. The ladies run through a synchronized, precision drill that runs eight minutes donned in folklorico dresses. 

Escaramuza means skirmish in Spanish. It is said that during revolutionary times in Mexico, women rode horseback to help the men in battle and often rode fast and furiously to create dust as a diversion. The escaramuza events grew from that.

Here's La Guadalupana at the Stock Show's Cowboys of Color Rodeo on Monday.

 

-Eva-Marie Ayala

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