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Gauchos go for a wild ride at Uruguay festival

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A gaucho rides an untamed horse during the Patria Gaucha Festival in Tacuarembo, Uruguay, on March 8, 2012.

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A gaucho is thrown off an untamed horse.

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People carry a gaucho out of the field after he was thrown off by an untamed horse.

The Fiesta de la Patria Gaucha is held each year in the Uruguayan town of Tacuarembo to celebrate the preservation of the country's rural traditions.