The escaramuza charra, or woman horse rider, originated in the Mexican countryside during the Mexican Revolution. Teams consist of women horse riders who perform choreographed routines in traditional clothing. 

Seven teams competed at the Fort Worth Stock Show & Rodeo Escaramuza and Charro Cala Competition on Jan. 30. 

Two teams traveled from Austin, one from Midlothian, one from Joshua, another from Alvarado and two at-home Fort Worth teams.

The Fort Worth Stock Show & Rodeo Escaramuza and Charro Cala Competition was the second official competition in the United States — the first was Jan. 29 at the Will Rogers Coliseum.

The event opened with the punta competition, a sliding competition judged on sliding distance and track marks. Each of the seven teams nominated two riders to compete in the punta competition.

Competing Teams:

Tierra Azteca – Midlothian, TX
Amazonas – Austin, TX
Agua Santa – Austin, TX
Lirios del Real “B” – Alvarado, TX
Santa Clara Juvenil – Joshua, TX
Lirios del Real “A” – Fort Worth, TX
Guadalupana – Fort Worth, TX

Following the punta, the escaramuza teams each performed an eight-minute performance where they executed choreographed maneuvers weaving in and out between each other rider.

Cristian ArguetaSoto is the community engagement journalist at the Fort Worth Report. Contact him by email or via Twitter. At the Fort Worth Report, news decisions are made independently of our board members and financial supporters. Read more about our editorial independence policy here.

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Cristian is a May 2021 graduate of Texas Christian University. At TCU, ArguetaSoto served as staff photographer at TCU360 and later as its visual editor, overseeing other photojournalists. A Fort Worth...

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