I had the pleasure of meeting and photographing this most charming horsemaster at the 2008 Sisters Rodeo. His love for his horses and his graciousness for life are most evident in his smile.
Tomas, third generation Charro, has devoted his life to sharing Mexico’s National Sport La Charreria with the world. His awards are many, including the PRCA 2007 Specialty Act of the Year award at the Las Vegas National Rodeo Finals.
A lifetime of preparation, performances and competition continue to require total self-discipline, patience and commitment by Tomas to training and mastering the artistry of La Charreria. Incorporating a display of refined horsemanship while demonstrating maguey rope artistry in his performances bring audiences to their feet applauding in appreciation of his skills. Tomas devotes countless hours to his horses who with their athletic ability and intelligence willingly execute maneuvers when asked by their friend. It is a rare and honorable experience to witness these partnership performances.