TAPADERO • The Californios Volume 1
their slick-fork saddles and silver spade bits, the Californio Vaqueros still trail cattle through these golden hills. Meet the men and women
who work the ranches and carry the tradition forward. From the
hackamore, to the two-rein, to straight-up-in-the bridle, see how they
make a horse as fluid as silk. Learn their secrets to braiding the
rawhide reata and throwing the figure eight. 82 minutes.
Ten Feature-Length Documentaries in the Complete Series.
Over 15 hours of Cowboy Entertainment.
Four centuries ago, conquistadors entered what is now known
as the American West. They brought horses and cattle and Vaqueros to
tend the livestock. These men were some of the world’s greatest
The Vaquero Series plays tribute to the Spanish influence on the
American cowboy. Branding, roping, rodeo and techniques of handling
cattle, all originated with the Spaniards.
Their first settlement was Santa
Fe in the 1600s. Then in 1690 they colonized Texas and later in 1767
they settled California. The Vaquero culture spread throughout the West
and all the way to Hawaii. When Americans took over this country, they
adopted the techniques and terminology — albeit many of the terms became
This series takes you down the
historical road, but not with dusty old photos. Instead, you meet
working cowboys and cowgirls who inherited these rich traditions and use
them in their working lives every day.