|Showmanship put on display at Mexican Rodeo|
|Written by Holyoke Enterprise|
Despite cool temperatures, roughly 300 people made their way to the Phillips County grandstand arena for a Mexican rodeo Sunday, July 28.
New to the fair this year, the Mexican rodeo provided entertainment through impressive rodeo feats and events that showcased the horsemanship unique to Mexican rodeos.
A bull rider in the Mexican rodeo holds on for the ride as his bull
While bareback riding and bull riding events were held, they were slightly different than similar events at American rodeos. During the bareback riding event, charros rode mares. During the bullriding event, participants rode the bull until they were bucked off or until the bull grew tired, unlike American rodeos where contestants aim to ride for eight seconds.
One of the performers in the Mexican rodeo falls just short, landing between the two horses as he attempts to leap from horse to horse during the thrilling pass of death event. —Enterprise photo
The pass of death is unique to Mexican rodeos. Participants attempted to leap from their horse, which is bareback with reins, to another bareback horse without reins.
During the escaramuza, women outfitted in traditional, bright pink dresses rode sidesaddle as they performed choreographed patterns.
Riders in the escaramuza put on a fascinating, choreographed
The showmanship was especially present as performers showcased their control of the horses by having them prance around the arena while a live band performed. A few men took to the middle of the arena to showcase their roping tricks as well.
A young performer showcases his roping talents Sunday afternoon at the Mexican rodeo.
Holyoke Enterprise August 8, 2013