Weaving their horses through thrilling, high speed ballets known as escaramuzas (from the Spanish word for “skirmish”), they help to preserve the traditional equestrian culture of La Charrería brought here by their Mexican parents and grandparents.
Our Escaramusa team presidente. Andrea Calderon and daughter Galilea.
Rooted in the cattle culture of Colonial Mexico, charrería blends the equestrian skills, handcrafted tack, elegant costumes, music and food of that rich heritage into a living folk tradition. At a traditional rodeo, between the men’s riding and roping contests the female riders, or escaramuzas charras, would perform their high-speed, precision horse ballets, bending and twisting and galloping around each other in intricate, synchronized patterns.
Here’s another video of the Sandy Valley Ranch Escaramuza team in action!