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October 6-8, 2017 - Norco, California

Fiesta Sunday

The history of California and its relationship with “Equitacion” or Horsemanship is well documented.   Fiesta Sunday has been designed to acknowledge these early “Equestre” or Equestrians and their working/training traditions with their “Caballo” or equine. 

A variety of exciting exhibitions has been assembled to showcase this rich cultural history.  The “Escaramuza Mexico de mi Corazon”, extremely talented women riding side saddle drill team.  Floreo, or Trick Roping and there will be a Liberty Freestyle performance by Aurora and Juan Antonio del Villar.  What celebration of the Spanish Caballo or Horse would be complete without Caballos Bailadores, or the dancing horses…this and much more will be scheduled Sunday October 8, 2017.  Did we forget to mention the Paso de la Muerte?  The English translation on this one… the pass of death!

The vaquero (Spanish pronunciation: [baˈkeɾo], Portuguese: vaqueiro [vaˈkejɾu]) is a horse-mounted livestock herder of a tradition that originated on the Iberian Peninsula. Today the vaquero is still a part of the doma vaquera, the Spanish tradition of working riding, also known as “Working Equitation”. The vaquero traditions developed in Mexico from methodology brought to Mesoamerica from Spain also became the foundation for the North American cowboy. 

The vaqueros of the Americas were the horsemen and cattle herders of Spanish Mexico, who first came to California with the Jesuit priest Eusebio Kino in 1687, and later with expeditions in 1769 and the Juan Bautista de Anza expedition in 1774.  They were the first cowboys in the region. Cowpunchers are also known as, Gaucho.

In the modern United States and Canada, remnants of two major and distinct vaquero traditions remain, known today as the "Texas" tradition and the "Spanish", "Vaquero", or "California" tradition. The popular "horse whisperer" style of natural horsemanship was originally developed by practitioners who were predominantly from California and the Northwestern states, clearly combining the attitudes and philosophy of the California Vaquero with the equipment and outward look of the Texas cowboy. The natural horsemanship movement openly acknowledges much influence of the vaquero tradition.

The cowboys of the Great Basin still use the term "buckaroo", which may be a corruption of vaquero, to describe themselves and their tradition.  Ever wonder where the term La`tigo came from?



Flag Presentation




Aurora del Villar

Freestyle Performance


Alfredo Hernandez

Dancing Horses


Luis Torres



Juan Antonio del Villar

Freestyle Performance


Charros Rancho De La Hoya

Cala, Terna, Paso de la Muerte


Jaime Murillo


Felipe Orozco




Broken Horn Ropers

Brief History, Background, of Entry: 

Felix A. Lopez has been awarded best Trick Roper around the world, you have seen him & Moses on TV, commercials and other city and state parades.

The team is multi-generational, multicultural, diverse trick roping equestrian team.  Their ages range from our youngest boys and girls, to our Senior ropers. The team having of several family units, Lopez, Delgado, King, Larson, Williams, Alcantar, Montano, Sanchez, Angel and Jimenez Family. 

There are currently 20 members. There are 10 members who ride and trick rope on horseback, a credit to the great desire of the team to learn and excel and to the master teacher, Felix A. Lopez.  The team can do complex roping tricks on foot as well as on horseback, such as the Flat Loop, Vertical loop, the Umbrella, Texas Skip and Lightning Bolts. These are done with such ease and finesse. This Group has been Entertaining fans of Rodeos, Theaters, TV. and special appearances throughout the United States and in the state of California.

Detailed Information:

For the love of Rodeo and Art of Trick Roping, from beginners to seasoned ropers, keeping the Spirit of the West alive.

The Team has participated in the Tournament of Roses Parade, in Pasadena Ca. Many City, State Parades- Rodeos and has donated many hours of their time to many good cause charities thru out the United States.  Watch for them at the Tournament of ROSES Parade Jan. 1st 2018


Charros Rancho De La Hoya

Charros Rancho De La Hoya is a family team with 3 generations of family members practicing Charreria in the United States and Mexico.  The family and friend membership participates in many Charreadas as well as American Rodeo events, and Parades. Additionally, several members serve their communities by holding memberships in the Los Angeles County Sheriff’s department mounted unit, Norco Posse, and California Mounted Officers Association (CMOA).

Charreria has given the opportunity to pass on the necessary skills from generation to generation to hone in the necessary skills to participate and compete in Charreadas as well as teaching the younger generations the value of respect, dedication, teamwork, and responsibility.  The sport and art of Charreria has been an integral part in helping and motivating the children and families to work hard for their aspirations and dreams.


Team President for Charros Rancho De La Hoya:

Luciano De La Hoya


Rancho De La Hoya Team


Cala (Demonstration of Horse Reining): The Cala is a test to show how well a Charro handles his horse. Each rider gallops into the ring. He reins in his mount, and the horse folds its rear legs and slides to a stop. Next the Charro spins his horse, first to the right and then to the left. With the slightest touch on the reins, he backs his horse up. This Suerte ends with a salute to the judges, after which the Charro gallops out of the arena.

  • Chito Gomez
  • Juan Yanez


Terna (Demonstration of Team Roping of a steer): Three Charro’s work together, they have 8 minutes to rope a bull, bring it down, and release it. The first Charro lassos the head or horns of the bull. The next Charro lassos the bull’s hind legs. With their ropes around the saddle horns, the two riders move apart, toppling the bull. The third rider quickly dismounts to release the animal.

  • Christian De La Hoya
  • Diego De La Hoya
  • Luis Hernandez


Paso de la Muerte (Leap of death): The final and most dangerous suerte of all is the Paso de la Muerte, the (Leap of death). As three teammates chase a wild horse along the wall. One charro brings his horse along side. He gets up on his knees, leaps onto the horse, and grabs its flowing mane. The horse bucks to throw the rider, holding on only by the mane and his legs, the charro must ride the horse until it tires and he calmly hop off.

  • Jorge “Gordo” Guitron


Aurora del Villar


Aurora has been around horses since the very young age of 3. As a child she watched her father train the untrainable. Her father inspired her to train her own horses. At 18, she trained her first 2 year old, where she got to experience the feeling of an unbroken horse. She knew that she would need to use her natural horsemanship skills in order to train a horse that would master any discipline it was taken into. Training this two-year-old gave her the hunger to train, which she started to satisfy with the Norco Extreme Mustang Makeover in 2013 and the Colt Starting Challenge USA the following year. Aurora strongly believes that having the proper foundation on your horse can let him be versatile.


Juan Antonio del Villar

Juan Antonio started working with horses at age 10. He learned aside his father how to train wild horses for plowing and pulling wagons. He saw the ways of the ranchero in Mexico and how they treated horses and was not fond of them. When he was 15 he saw a movie called, “Aguila Solitaria” (Lone Eagle) which is about a Native American Indian who was able to direct his horse with no rope and no saddle. Now this training he was very fond of. He wanted to train horses with natural horsemanship skills, by gaining their trust and creating a bond with the animal through natural body language. 

From a young age Juan Antonio was an observer, always intrigued by horses and the ways they communicate with each other. It was amazing to him to witness the cadency of the horse’s natural movements. Juan Antonio’s training consists heavily on ground work because he believes it is the foundation to develop trust, bond and communication with the horse. He truly believes that in any equestrian discipline the most important thing to have between horse and man is trust.


Alfredo Hernandez

Alfredo Hernandez was born and raised on his family’s ranch in Nayarit, Mexico. At the young age of 10 he learned how train his own horses to facilitate the livestock work. He was anxious to learn new training methods, so he decided to visit with different people in his town that trained horses and trained them in their own way. He seeked for more, he then was introduced to the Spanish Horse he became fascinated by the way they danced. He dreamed of being able to participate in Professional Events and Competitions it is where he acquired four First place at La Feria del Caballo Español.  





Charreria is the official national sport of Mexico. But more than just a sport, it represents Mexican culture, tradition and history as it involves equestrian competitions in which horse riding, roping and cattle handling come into play.

In the opening ceremony, organizations and participants parade into the arena on horseback, usually accompanied by a mariachi band playing La Marcha de Zacatecas. This signifies the long tradition of Charros being an auxiliary arm of the Mexican Army. The name of the actual event is called a "charreada", which means rodeo. The charreada itself consists of nine scoring events staged in a particular order. Two or more teams, called asociaciones, compete against each other. Teams can compete to become state, regional, and national champions. The competitors are judged by both style and execution.

Events and order:

  • 1. Cala de Caballo
  • 2. Piales en el Lienzo
  • 3. Colas en el Lienzo or Coleadero
  • 4. Jineteo de Toro
  • 5. Terna el el Ruedo
  • 6. Jineteo de Yegua
  • 7. Manganas a Pie
  • 8. Manganas a Caballo
  • 9. Paso de la Muerte

Jaime Murillo Jr. is 17 ½ years old and is a lifelong Ventura County resident. He lives in Camarillo, CA with his parents and siblings. He is a 2017 graduate from Camarillo High School and headed to Bakersfield Community College in the Fall. 

Horses have always been a part of Jaime’s life, with an occasional steer here and there. He embraces with respect and admiration all aspects and sports dealing with horses. When he was a toddler he would put on his “gear” that consisted of his dad’s old hat and chaps and pretend he was a PBR rider all day long. 

For the past 5 years Jaime has been very active in the charreadas. He has been part of local and traveling teams. He has excelled individually in the coleaderos and has participated and placed or won in many competitions. When he is not on horse he spends his time practicing and perfecting his roping skills. Jaime is very dedicated and passionate about everything horse related. That could be why he makes it look so easy…he makes it seem that anybody can easily do what he does on foot or on horse.


Felipe Orozco Jr

Felipe Orozco is a multi talented performer and recording artist who, at an early age began to ride and train these extraordinary Andalusian and Friesian horses.

When Felipe was 15 years old, his passion for singing began to emerge.  He joined his school’s choir, and was eventually given the honor to represent the United States as a member of the American Music Abroad Society.  The experience allowed him to tour Europe while performing competitively.  When Felipe returned home, he began combining his passion for singing with his love of horses.  

By blending the Mexican ranchero style with classical Spanish dressage, Felipe has formed his identity as an equestrian performer and singer.  He performs traditional Banda, Mariachi, and Latin Pop music and often incorporates horses into his concerts.   His horses are expertly trained to perform while Felipe sings creating a uniquely artistic and beautiful show.