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The ladies of the Mexican rodeo

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Teams of escaramuzas line up for their competition at a rodeo in Oaxtepac, Mexico, on Sept. 10. The escaramuza tradition dates back to the 19th century.

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A team member wearing a traditional straw hat just before the start of a competition on Sept. 10.

Escarmuzas are a Mexican rodeo tradition that date back to the 19th century. During these "skirmishes," teams of women perform tricks on horses, including doing group formations and riding sidesaddle, all while wearing traditional escarmuzas costumes. In these images, the women compete at a rodeo in Oaxtepac, Mexico.

I would be curious to see more images from after the competition. I find that is when the more interesting pictures happen, when the costumes get a little dirty and the women's guards go down.

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An escaramuza team member competes at a rodeo on Sept. 10. The women perform formations on galloping horses, riding sidesaddle, wearing cowboy hats and full-skirted costumes.

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A woman sets her sidesaddle while waiting for the beginning of their presentation on Sept. 10.

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Aana Karen, a member of an escaramuza team, caresses her daughter after their presentation in a rodeo on Sept. 10.