Niñas star at the Gran Fiesta Charra in Ajijic Sunday.
Patrick O’Heffernan (Ajijic) The central stands of las Instalaciones de Lienzo Charro Ajijic (Ajijic bullring) were populated with entranced Mexicans and ex-pats enjoying the Gran Fiesta Charra Sept. 1, a benefit for “Escuela Pedagógica Caballito de Palo, Las Potranquitas de Axixic” – girls and women training to be Escaramuzas, members of professional teams riding horses in choreographed synchronized maneuvers to music.
Escaramuza charra is the only female equestrian event in the Mexican charrería competitions and is the most difficult because the women must ride precisely while in sidesaddle wearing heavy petticoats. The events included a dancing horse, the smallest girls from Escuela Infantil de Charreria de San Jose de Potrerillos riding stick horses, several Ballet Folklóricos and children’s folklóricos, and children’s trick roping – one boy jumped his spinning lariat 48 times! Highlights of the day were the presentation of sombreros to very young girls (and one very young boy) and the dances of the Ballet Folklorico Infantil de Axixic.
Las Potranquitas de Axixic still needs to raise $29,000mx to send 12 girls and one boy to Morelos to compete in “Circuito Nacional Caballitos de Palo” (a Escaramuza competition with stick horses). Donations can be made by calling: 33 11 57 9549 with Amparo Robledo.