Sunday, September 16, 2007

Giddy-up!


Here are some more pictures from the charreada (Mexican rodeo). We only stayed for the warm-up acts, which included these two tricks, "dead horse" and "hot-stepper". Charreadas actually predate American rodeos, and Charreria (the sport itself) was named the National Sport of Mexico in 1933.
The whole event had a sad note, though. It was co-sponsored by an organization called Laredo's Missing, which was formed by family members of Americans who have been kidnapped in the Laredo-Nuevo Laredo region over the past few years. A joint kidnapping task force was created last year to coordinate U.S. and Mexican law enforcement efforts to address the 40+ unresolved abductions, but families continue to express frustration at both government's responses.

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