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Texas portfolio. By Larry Turner
The Mexican-American (charro) and American cowboy spirit still
rings true and clear in central Texas communities such as Poteet and
Pleasanton, the latter advertising itself as the birthplace of the cowboy.
The Anglo and Hispanic cowboy cultures mesh well here, though the
techniques in horsemanship, cowmanship and roping may vary. “The
roping and horse training skills of the charro is the finest on the
planet,” says longtime Poteet resident Jim Collums. Ranch rodeos and
Mexican-American charreadas (rodeos) are commonplace most
Sundays in this region. “We want these traditions and this style of life
to go on forever,” says Victoriano Flores, renowned national charreada
champion, trick roper, horse trainer and father of two recent national
charreada champions. Deep in the heart of Texas, the Mexican charro
and the American cowboy equally rein supreme.
©Larry Turner
Poteet, Texas cattle rancher Rees Yow takes a
break from burning brush in preparation for
a later planting of native pasture grass.
©Larry Turner
Poteet, Texas cattle and Spanish goat
ranchers Dan and Dorothy Yow stand
beside their ranch house windmill at
©Larry Turner
Proud Rosalio Medina and his horse “Rio”
pose at his Rancho Milagro (Miracle
Ranch) south of San Antonio. Medina
breaks horses for a living.
©Larry Turner Windmill expert and co-owner of the
Poteet Country Winery Jim Collums
climbs up to service one of the many
windmills he has assembled in central
©Larry Turner
Victoriano Flores, owner of Rancho Tres
Potrillos and many times National
Charreada (Mexican rodeo) all-around
champion, displays some trick roping prior
to a Sunday charreada outside San
©Larry Turner
©Larry Turner
Proud to be Texans. An
unidentified couple near San
Antonio’s famous Alamo.
The hand of Ismael
Rodriguez Vasquez
holding his lariat in the late
afternoon Texas sun.


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