Tuesday, January 12, 2010

Mexican Rodeo, part one

Here are my photos from the Mexican Rodeo held Sunday afternoon at the National Western Stock Show in Denver, Colorado.

One of my main reasons for attending the Mexican Rodeo was to get a good look at all the Charro saddles. Unfortunately our seats were way up in the rafters on the wrong end of the very large arena. As a result, a lot of my pictures turned out really, really poorly. However, I did manage to take a few that are good enough to share.

The rodeo started with dancers and fireworks....
followed by the national anthems of Mexico and the United States.
Next up was this drill team of sidesaddle riders.
I had never been to a Mexican Rodeo before and didn't really know what to expect. It turns out that this particular rodeo was long on entertainment and short on actual competition. The only competitive events were bull riding, bareback bronc riding and mutton busting. The bull and bronc riding were similar to what you would see at a PRCA rodeo except that the bulls used were much smaller and the saddle bronc riders held on with two hands.
If you look carefully, you can see the two handed bareback rigging on the chestnut horse.
Luckily for us, most of the entertainment sections of the show were pretty good. These included trick riders...
and a Roman riding demonstration by Staci Diaz and her team of four grey Aztecas.
Another view. They did a little bit of jumping but I wasn't able to get a good picture of that.
Tommie Turvey and his horse Pokerjoe performed a comedy skit. This pair has also been featured at Breyerfest, and an Adios painted as Pokerjoe is part of Breyer's 2010 lineup. You can read about Tommie and Pokerjoe on Tommie's blog: http://equineextremist.blogspot.com/
The sidesaddle drill team came back for a second round of entertainment.
They were followed by the well known Charro, Jerry Diaz (http://charrojerrydiaz.com/)...
and his wife, Staci.
They both showed off several high school dressage movements (piaffe, passage) as well as Spanish Walk. Then Jerry switched horses and wowed the audience with his fancy rope tricks.
Their young son Nicolas also got in on the act.
One of the last events was bull fighting. The announcer made a big deal about how dangerous this bull was, but honestly, it wasn't all that visually impressive. I do like the matador's pink socks, though!
As the show wound down, all the horses and dancers came back into the arena.This is the Diaz family waving goodbye to the crowd as they made one last lap of the ring.
And that's it--the Mexican Rodeo was over. However, my coverage of it will go on for at least one more post. I still have tack pictures to share!


  1. Your pictures from the arena DID come out pretty well considering the lighting and how far up in the rafters we were!

  2. Great photos Jennifer. Very clear for being in the rafters! I'd so very much love to make a Charro sidesaddle....I'm just horrible at building trees...


  3. I am really enjoying your blog! What fantastic photos!!

  4. We finally got to see Tommie Turvey and Pokerjoe in person. We weren't able to catch his awesome performance, but we watched several of his clinics teaching basic horse tricks during the Alabama Horse Fair this past weekend. He was pretty neat and I loved his horses and heelers!