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Vaquero Series #1 - Tapadero DVD Vaquero Series Volume#2 - The Remuda DVD Vaquero Series Volume#3 - Holo Holo Paniolo DVD
With 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. In a remote Nevada cow camp, they jingle in the remuda. There’s a chill in the air, and steam rises up off the horses’ backs. The jigger boss’s rope whistles through the air, expertly landing on target. A buckaroo picks up a horse, halters and leads him to the corral. It’s a ritual that seems almost choreographed, but to a buckaroo, it’s just part of another day, an outgrowth of a tradition that goes back 300 years, to the original Californio Vaqueros. This is the story of how it began in Alta California, moved into the Great Basin country of Nevada and Oregon, and shaped one of the world’s greatest horse cultures. 90 minutes. Holo holo in Hawaiian, means to get around and that's what this documentary is all about. Filmed on five Hawaiian islands, it takes you to the large spreads like Parker Ranch, and to some of the smaller homesteads of the native Hawaiians. It all started in 1833 when King Kamehameha recruited 3 vaqueros from Alta California to train the Hawaiians how to ride, rope and catch the wild cattle. 98 minutes.
Vaquero Series Volume#4 - Houlihan DVD Vaquero Series Volume#5 - Los Primeros DVD Vaquero Series Volume#6 - Tierra Encantado DVD
HOULIHAN • Northern Range Cowboys
Buckaroos drove cattle from Nevada and Oregon. Texas Punchers came up the Goodnight Loving Trail. In the crucible of Montana and Wyoming, the two came together and the Northern Range Cowboy was born. 95 minutes.
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.
Four hundred years ago, Spaniards introduced the horse to the American West. El caballo, as the Spanish called him, had a profound effect on this new world. The horse provided transportation for the padres, gave Native Americans mobility. And for the Vaqueros, he provided the underpinnings for the ranching culture and the foundation for the American Cowboy.
The descendants of those early settlers still live in New Mexico and many of them still speak the dialect of the Conquistadors. The foundation the Spaniards laid for ranching is still practiced on the big spreads — the Bell Ranch, Pecos Ranch and San Cristobal Ranch. It’s all part of this great Southwestern melting pot where Spanish, Indian and Anglo come together, each preserving their own traditions, but forging a colorful culture unique to Tierra Encantado — the land of enchantment. 96 minutes.
Vaquero Series Volume#7 - Mula DVD Vaquero Series Volume#8 - Texas Cowpuncher Pt.1 DVD Vaquero Series Volume#9 - Texas Cowpuncher Pt.2 DVD
Vaquero Series Volume#7 - Mula DVD
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When a tough job needs to be done, the mule is the animal of choice. He's a survivor, can go further on less food and water and carry more weight than a horse. Mules are used in the rugged Sierra Nevada mountains. Recreational riders in the rocky deserts of the southwest love their ability to handle the toughest terrain. And big draft mules drag out logs in the South. This is the story of the mule from when he first arrived in the Americas with Columbus. 98 minutes. The Texas Puncher cut his teeth roping wild longhorns. Then drove them east, on the Opelousas Trail to New Orleans through treacherous swamps and rivers. Years later, he headed ‘em north to the rail heads.
When the big ranches — XIT, Matador, Pitchfork and 06 were established, he had wild country to contend with…cavernous canyons, rivers with quicksand, mesquite thickets that tore his gear apart and cows determined never to be tamed. This was reflected in his gear and the way he works. He packs a short rope and ties hard and fast. He uses split reins and thinks a spade bit belongs in a museum.
The Texas Cowpuncher comes in many forms, born by the chunk of country he calls home. Down in Gulf country, Cowboys on horseback can get ornery crossbred Brahmas to do most anything, even swimming the Intercoastal Waterway to winter grazing grounds. Further inland, they rely on their dogs “to bay up” the cattle in the swamps and woodlands, and watch out for the occasional alligator.
In the brush country, cattle hide in thorny mesquite thickets, but fearless Brush Poppers charge right in after them. And in West Texas, branding takes weeks as Punchers move from camp to camp with the wagon and a hunded-horse remuda. The day begins before sunup and doesn’t finish until two gathers and two brandings are done. In this country, there’s a code of conduct, and breaking it has “consequences”. 116 minutes
Vaquero Series Volume#10 - Bayou Cowboys of Louisiana Vaquero Series Volume#11 - Cow Hunters of Florida Vaquero Series Volume#12 - North of the Border Buckaroos
In this country cowboying goes along with part-time ‘gator hunting. And Cajun and Zydeco music packs more kick than a Crawfish Étouffée. Cattle handling draws on many roots — France, Canada, Africa Spain, with a little Texas thrown in, too.
And muddy marshlands, drenching rains, and vicious hurricanes wield their influence on horses, saddles and the intrepid cowboys who ride them. So when it comes to gear, practicality rules.
A Cow Hunter is a special breed of cowboy who can track a wild cow through dense woods and return her to the herd unscathed. Cow Hunters originated 400 years ago in the Carolinas, and when England took over Florida, these traditions migrated with them. They brought their cur dogs and whips. And a unique brand of Cow Hunter lingo… cattle hide in a hammock and graze in a crevice. A maverick cow is a heradick. While the Brits brought their Cowkeeping customs, the cattle and horses were all Spanish. In fact, 450 years ago the first ranches in the states started on Florida soil. And the descendants of those Spanish cattle and horses are still here. The Northern Buckaroos inherited the California Vaquero traditions back in the 1850s. Gold was discovered and miners needed beef. Cattle from California and Oregon Territory, were driven by up to the Gold Fields by Vaqueros and Buckaroos. And they introduced the Buckaroo traditions to Canada. When Northern Buckaroos drove cattle and horses to Alberta, they met up with Punchers bringing cattle from Texas. Over time Buckaroos took the best of the Texas traditions and blended them with their own Buckaroo style. Today, you see a mixture of the two.
Vaquero Series Volume#13 - Canuck Cowmen Vaquero Series Volume#14 - The Northern Horses
The Royal North West Mounted Police were the first ranchers in Alberta. They laid the foundation for the three major Cowtowns: Fort Macleod, Calgary and Maple Creek. Fort Benton, a trading post in Montana, played an important role in providing longhorns for the first ranches. These Mexican cattle were trailed up to Alberta by Texas Cowpunchers. The Canadians picked up their style of riding and handling cattle. And developed large corporate ranches funded by wealthy Scotsmen. A few of these ranches are still operating. Today, you see Buckaroo-style gear and Vaquero-style horsemanship. Theses California traditions were passed down in clinics by Ray Hunt and Tom Dorrance. The horses of the Northern Plains Indians were different than those of the Southern Plains Indians. These were heavier boned and rangier than the Southwestern variety.
The reason is the influence of the Canadian Horse, known as "The Little Iron Horse." This critter could withstand harsh weather, scarce food and was a tough, all around working horse.
The Plains Indians bred this Canadian horse to their little Spanish horses and it increased their endurance. Sitting Bull was a breeder of these horses, and today, these horses' bloodline still exists in the rolling hills of North Dakota.
The Plains Indians have a spiritual bond with their horses. And some believe that horse have always existed in North America.