Mexican traditions live on in California through female rodeo performers

Escaramuzas ride sidesaddle, kick up dust, and channel the bravery and horsemanship of Mexican revolutionary heroes.

The Flor de Gardenia team practices its routine as the sun rises on competition day in Snellng, California. Female equestrians known as escaramuzas battle for top ranking as part of charreadas—Mexican rodeos. Teams are expected to complete complex synchronized choreography on horseback while riding sidesaddle in ornate outfits meant to mimic the garb of women who fought in the Mexican Revolution. The sport, popular in Mexico, also thrives within diaspora communities in the United States.

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