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NM museum highlights culture of Mexican horsemen

Updated Monday, Feb. 10, 2014 | 12:54 p.m.

ALBUQUERQUE, N.M. (AP) — The Albuquerque Museum has an exhibition running through March 30 on the craftsmanship and traditions of Mexican equestrian culture.

The show includes more than 150 pieces connected to horses and riding, from fine embroidery to ornate saddles and silver inlaid spurs.

The exhibition is called "Arte en la Charreria (AR-tay en la chah-reh-REE-ah : The Artisanship of Mexican Equestrian Culture."

The artifacts, some dating to the 1800s, were culled from collections throughout Mexico. Each item reflects different elements of the culture of the legendary charro — the Mexican horseman.

The roots of charreria culture first emerged centuries ago with the arrival of the Spanish conquistadors and their horses. . By the 19th century, celebrations similar to rodeos were being organized around Mexico in which charros would compete, showing off their skills.