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Vaquero Series Volume#5 - Los Primeros DVD
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LOS PRIMEROS • The First Vaqueros
The vaquero and his horse move as one. Perfectly in tune as they read each other’s minds and body. He shakes out his reata. Builds his loop. And tosses a perfect “del viento.” laying the calf down like a babe in a manger. Who is this man who sits his horse like a king on a throne? His skills were honed in Alta California a couple of centuries ago.

The best of these proud Vaqueros earned the title “Californio.” With his gentle hands and lightning-fast spade bit horse, he was the best of all reinsmen in the West. And his lingo, albeit Americanized now, hints at his beginnings. The Spanish dar la vuelta (take a turn around the horn) became dally. Jaquima became hackamore, la reata became lariat.
And while he adjusted to life in this new land, his beginnings on the other side of the ocean would always be a part of him.

It had been a long journey,thirteen centuries back to the Moors of North Africa and their nimble Barb horses. It was in Spain, where the blending of Moorish and Spanish horse cultures laid the groundwork for the bridle horse that was the hallmark of these superb reinsmen. And in Mexico, the underpinnings for roping and handling cattle on the open range evolved.

But it was in California that it all came together, where the secrets of training horses through centuries of practice came full flower. And the hackamore, romal reins and spade bit were refined. These were the Californios. The best horsemen in the world. 94 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 horsemen.
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 anglicized.

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.

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