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Arnold Rojas

Arnold R. Rojas

Arnold R. Rojas (1898-1988) has the distinction of chronicling the life and lore of California's Vaqueros. He came by the knowledge honestly. As a young man he moved from Pasadena to the San Joaquin Valley to pursue a passion to be a Vaquero. "The only work I could get in Pasadena was orange picking, but I wanted to be a rider." Rojas once said. The vaqueros whose stories he told were Mexican cowboys who employed the Spanish la Jineta style of horsemanship in which a rider's body directed his mount; in the more conventional American cowboy style, reins are used to control a horse. This is an important distinction because the riding style symbolized a heritage; as Rojas explains in his 1974 collection that we feature here, These Were the Vaqueros: The Collected Works of Arnold R. Rojas, " By vaquero I mean the man who brought the cattle to the West and herded them for a hundred years or more before the United States took possession of half of Mexico's territory."

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  1. Front Cover
    $25.00
    Arnold R. Rojas (1898-1988) chronicled the life and lore of Californiaï¾’s Vaqueros. He came by the knowledge honestly. Learn More
  2. Bits, Bitting and Spanish Horses - Front Cover
    $20.00
    This rare volume by Arnold Rojas contains his writings on the use of bits and his approach to horses. Along the way he tells stories of his own experience as vaquero in California during the early 1900s. Learn More

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