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GIRLH1_211004_13.JPG: Escaramuza Charra
Veronica Davila started riding horses at the age of three. By age four, she was competing in escaramuzas, synchronized riding demonstrations, in Monterrey, Mexico. Veronica wore this colorful dress in the early 2000s as captain of the escaramuza team La Valerntinas in San Antonio, Texas.
The dress tells a story of girls' strength as highly skilled riders and the Mexican American community's efforts to preserve and promote charreria -- a rich transnational tradition of the US Southwest rooted in Mexican and Mexican American ranch life and culture of the 1700s and 1800s.
GIRLH1_211004_17.JPG: Veronica Davila' Escaramuza Ensemble, 2000s
Girls competing in escaramuzas wear stunning traditional outfits inspired by the fearless adelitas, women fighters in the Mexican Revolution (1910-1920). Ensembles follow strict guidelines to preserve historical and cultural authenticity. Skirts must cover the horse's haunches and allow the team to perform dangerous maneuvers at high speeds while riding sidesaddle. Girls also don the emblematic sombrero charro, a broad-brimmed hat designed to provide relief from the blistering heat f the US-Mexico borderlands.
Escaramuzas started in the 1950s, but became recognized as girls-only competitive events in 1992. Escaramuzas expand the boundaries of the male sports of charreria. Escaramuza competitions are scored on skill, grace, and elegance. As escaramuza charras, girls reclaim their Mexican cultural heritage and affirm their Mexican American identity.
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2021 photos: This year was filled with hope. Yes, the COVID-19 pandemic is still with us but it was hoped that restoring sanity to the White House. the rapid vaccine role-out, and a government that finally cared would put things back to normal again. But the force was strong in the evil anti-vaxxer movement and the virus variants made quick use of that so we're still dealing with this crap.
Trips this year:
after getting fully vaccinated, I made a trip down to Asheville, NC in May to visit my dad and his wife Dixie,
in mid-July, I made a quick trip up to Stockbridge, MA to see the Norman Rockwell Museum again as well as Daniel Chester French's place @ Chesterwood.