Arnold R. Rojas (1898-1988) chronicled the life and lore of Californiaﾒ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 waned 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ﾒs entire body directed his mount. 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ﾒs territory."
The book contains five sections - based on five of his earlier works - with tales gathered from old California vaqueros. The first tells the history of the land grants and of vaqueros who drove the great herds. The second gives the lore of the vaquero - his ways and beliefs. Part three is filled with more stories from the vaqueros of old and how they worked their horses and mules. Part four tells more of the methods of the vaquero and section five speaks of bits and bitting and the ways of the bridle horse.
- Written by Arnold Rojas
- 552 Pages
- 8.4 x 5.8 inches
- 1lb 11.1oz