Some 60 charros — horsemen in the classic Mexican tradition — paraded east on Avenue 17 into the gate of Charros Unidas, Madera’s charreria, or horse sport arena, at the conclusion of this year’s annual Joaquin Murrieta Ride on Sunday.
The three-day event began in Firebaugh this year, and finished in Madera.
Murrieta was said to be the leader of a band of five bandits, called the Five Joaquins, who allegedly committed robberies and murders in the eastern Sierras from 1850 to 1853, when Murietta and a lieutenant were captured and killed.
To some, Murietta is a Mexican Robin Hood, credited for fighting against racial and cultural discrimination against Mexicans and native Americans during the Gold Rush. His name is legend among the charro community, who work to continue the Mexican tradition of expert horsemanship and traditional Mexican dress. Murrieta has been played as a character in at least 16 films and television shows...