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Charros Honor Mexico's Rodeo Roots

Charros Honor Mexico's Rodeo Roots

Posted by Juan Gavasa on March 13, 2015

Charreria, or Mexican rodeo is the official sport of Mexico. The sport evolved over centuries from ranch culture and traditions.

Teams ride in procession out of the ring after the opening of a charreada in Mexico City on Feb. 26.  Rebecca Blackwell / AP / NBC

Charros watch from the sidelines as another charro tries to loop the tail of a running bull around his leg in order to bring it down, during a steer tailing event in Mexico City on Feb. 26. Charreria, or Mexican rodeo is the country’s official sport. "The future of the charreria is to educate the entire population so that everyone knows what our roots are." said National Charros Association President Manuel Basurto Rojas. "With horses, the [Spanish] conquest was done, independence was won, the revolution was made. It's part of Mexican identity." Rebecca Blackwell / AP / NBC

A charro sits atop his horse as he waits to enter the arena, during a charreada in Mexico City on Feb. 26. Charreria is often a family tradition, with children as young as 2-years-old participating. The horses are trained rigorously so they learn the rider’s commands. Rebecca Blackwell / AP / NBC

Charro Carlos Maurer, from Puebla, practices his lasso skills ahead of the roping events, during a charreada in Mexico City on Feb 26. In team roping, charros must lasso both the neck and the hind legs of a bull, while on a horse. A charro on foot must capture a wild horse by roping its front legs. Extra points are awarded for rope tricks. Rebecca Blackwell / AP / NBC

A charro looks over his shoulder to see a bull roll after he succeeded in flipping it by its tail as he competes in the steer tailing event at a charreada in Mexico City on Feb. 26. Riders score points depending on how quickly they can bring down the bull, and additional points are awarded if it rolls after falling. Rebecca Blackwell / AP / NBC

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