Mexico City.- The fights or women of the charro Jalisco they make their way with a school that trains girls and teenagers in charrería, considered a national sport usually dominated by men.
The school officially opened at the beginning of September and is the first approved by the state government in an effort to instill in the youngest a love of escaramuzas, a branch of charrería practiced only by women.
Esther Venegas Rodriguezfrom San Martin de Hidalgosaid that from a small horse and about four years ago he dared to be a skirmisher.
The love for this aspect of charrería led her to promote the school in this city and she quickly received a response not only from girls who already knew this sport, but also from those who approached it for the first time.
Although it’s a variant of charrería, jousting has its own identity and its own luck, or exercises, that require courage, a deep knowledge of horses, the ability to lead them and a lot of coordination, he said.
“With all the exercises, a routine is formed that gives us points in the competitions, but the most important thing is to have the courage to ride a horse. Girls already have this love for horses, they just need to practice coordination and be careful“, he explained.
Venegas Rodríguez has the smile and sincerity of the women of the city, where charreria has its natural space, since it was practiced in the haciendas and ranches of Jalisco in the early 20th century as a recreational activity between farmers and their workers.
The practice spread to other entities in the country, and eventually reached the cities.
In recent years, its practitioners have created organizations to professionalize this sport, they announced The Intangible Heritage of Humanity by UNESCO in 2018
LEARN WITH VALUE
Two or three times a week, a dozen girls between the ages of 10 and 15 prepare to go on the canvas of San Martín de Hidalgo Charo.
The girls have made this rodeo their own, where charreadas or charrería days are held and which also functions as a school.
Instead of carrying a briefcase with their sports equipment, the girls arrive at the venue in a truck with a trailer. Inside is their horse, their partner and to whom they partly owe their good team performance.
The students put on their training clothes, spurs, boots and comb their long hair, and their parents put protectors on the horses’ legs and a saddle, a special saddle so that the archers can sit sideways and perform the movements without falling.
In training, they practice movements in which they have to direct the horses. The rodeo is divided into four parts, from where they must come and go from the edges to the center and perform swings, circles or calls”colanders”, in which four skirmishes intersect at full speed.
“The more dangerous the exercise, the greater the concentration must be to avoid a fall or a collision between the animals. Coordination is the most important thing to be able to control the horses“, he explained Stephanie Celina Lopezshootout and mother of one of the girls on the team.
He added that knowing the horse is essential to the bout because if both don’t have “chemistry“Y”Connection”, it will not be worth the training.
CHARRAS OF THE GIRLS
As if riding a bicycle, the girls steer the horse while talking and laughing.
With 13 years, Veronica Alvarez He has been training with his horse for three years. started traveling to Guadalajara to go to an association, but when he found out about the school, he decided to sign up to compete.
“You create a second family with the members of the skirmish, some exercises are scary, but it is part of feeling the adrenaline, the hardest part is controlling the fear, with the rest everything flows. I ride my horse and forget everything“, he expressed.
Sarah Guerrero Zarate She is 13 years old and one of the most advanced students. She said that since she was a child she had seen the charades and the women on horses dressed in their colorful costumes caught her attention.
“It caught my attention more because of the horses than the sport. But when you start practicing it, you have a huge love for it that leads you here in every workout. The other sports are nice, but I like being with my horse more, besides the fact that you represent Mexico“, said.