Charreada: Mexican Rodeo in Texas

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Beautifully illustrated with 75 duotone images.

El Charro , or man on horseback, has represented the spirit of independent Mexico since he played an important role in the 1821 revolution. He is the Mexican version of the American cowboy, only much older, arising from the ranch culture first brought to Mexico by the Spanish. The Charreada is his rodeo, his opportunity to show off both his skills with rope and horse and his decorative, elegant costume. It is at the center of ...

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Overview

Beautifully illustrated with 75 duotone images.

El Charro , or man on horseback, has represented the spirit of independent Mexico since he played an important role in the 1821 revolution. He is the Mexican version of the American cowboy, only much older, arising from the ranch culture first brought to Mexico by the Spanish. The Charreada is his rodeo, his opportunity to show off both his skills with rope and horse and his decorative, elegant costume. It is at the center of Mexican heritage and self-image, a source of mythology and genuine heroes that has been brought to Texas by immigrants. And since 1989, it has included women, charras, who participate in elaborate and difficult riding formations.

San Antonio photographer Al Rendon has taken this ideal subject for the camera and created a collection of splendid sepia photographs reproduced in duotone. The photos juxtapose the grit of the arena with the poise and polish of the charros, charras, and their horses. The essays, by Julia Hambric, Bryan Woolley, and F. E. Abernethy, describe the history of the charreada and its roots in Mexican culture. Hambric’s essay also details the costumes and events prescribed by tradition and the Federacion Nacional de Charro. Together, this is a unique examination of an important part of Mexico’s heritage.

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"Charreada: Mexican Rodeo in Texas is a brief and entertaining introduction to a part of Texas culture that for too long has flown under the radar. And it is very much a part of Texas; one that should be celebrated for its significant contribution to American life."—Journal of South Texas

"The photographs and collection of essays included in this brief book depict the elegance, rituals, and distinctiveness of a tradition that was the precursor to rodeo."—Review of Texas Books

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Meet the Author

Al Rendon is the owner of Rendon Photography & Fine Art in San Antonio. His images have appeared in Newsweek, USA Today, Texas Monthly.

Julia Hambric holds degrees from the University of Texas at El Paso and is currently teaching in the Ysleta Independent School District.

Bryan Woolley is features writer for The Dallas Morning News.

Francis Edward Abernethy is a Regents Professor Emeritus of English at Stephen F. Austin State University. His many publications include Tales from the Big Thicket and TFS books Singin' Texas and Built in Texas.

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Table of Contents

About the Photographer
Preface
Acknowledgments
Charreria: From Spain to Texas 1
Charro Regalia 7
La Vida del Charro 17
The Events in the Charreada 37
La Escaramuza 73
Index 97
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