In a place where pancakes are served for diner, the local Priest and City Mayor throw midnight parties, when people dance till 4 am, while fireworks light the sky…
Don Ignacio prepares himself for the day ahead. Don Ignacio isn’t just a cowboy – he is a Charro, owning his own horses, cows and hundreds of acres of ranch land.
Meanwhile, on a hill top outside the city, Don Ignacio’s son, Nacho milks the cows.
There are several members in the family who prefer the rich and creamy fresh milk to the watered down processed stuff.
Nacho delivers fresh milk to his family everyday. Several neighbors have also requested the service.
Don Ignacio waits across the street for his son to arrive.
In addition to his son Nacho, Don Ignacio’s grandson Carlos and 14 year old great grandson PJ also arrive.
The men jump into the tuck and off to the ranch they go.
After a 45 minute drive, they arrive. Before they can do anything else, they must alter their attire and make sure that it is suitable for the ranch environment. Cowboy hats, wranglers, chaps…you name it, they got to wear it.
These are Nacho’s vintage silver spurs, a gift from his father. Legend has it that they were hand crafted by a silversmith over a hundred years ago. The large rowels on the spurs are mostly for show. The family prefers the sound of authentic spurs to the flimsy sound of the newer models.
The horses are readied with their saddles, bites and bridles.
This one is named ‘Starlette’. She is the youngest and newest addition to Don Ignacio’s horses. Carlos will probably get to keep her.
This one is Palomo. Don Ignacio bought him after his favorite horse passed on. The newer Palomo is not as tall as the original. Nacho usually rides Palomo.
The other cowboys arrive and the game is on. Today the new calves are rounded and branded.
Regardless of their studied profession, the majority of Don Ignacio’s children own cattle. A representative from each family is present to make sure that the process goes by smoothly.
Don Ignacio watches from afar with two of his horses.
He becomes impatient due to the lack of skills displayed by the younger men.
Don Ignacio has been riding since he was a year old but it has been two years since the last time he mounted a horse.
PJ leads his great grandfather’s horse out of the corral.
Tired, the men sit down and rest.
The gate has been left open and the cows give one last look before they return to fields.
Most of the cows keep their distance but the hand reared ones that grew up in the city aren’t afraid to come close.
Meanwhile, in a neighboring town, a cow carcass hangs from a tree. It is the dreaded fate that eventually catches up to the cattle once they are sold.
Someone must be planning a party… a cow can feed up to 500 guests.