These thirteen feature-length documentaries give you a behind the scenes look at historic ranches throughout the West, where cowboys, cowgirls and ranch families are still living the life. The series takes you back to the beginning, to when cowboying began in this country. To its roots when the Spaniards brought their cattle and horses to the New World. To tend these critters, came the Vaqueros. Some of the finest horsemen of the time. Their lineage traces back to the Moors of North Africa and the expert horsemen of Spain. The Vaquero Series pays tribute to the Spanish influence on the American Cowboy and to the branding, roping and cattle handling techniques that originated with the Spaniards. Spain colonized Santa Fe in the 1600s. Texas in the early 1700s. And California in the late 1700s. From these three points, the Vaquero culture spread throughout the West — even to Hawaii. When the Americans took over the country, they adopted the techniques and terminology — albeit many of the terms became anglicized. The VAQUERO SERIES follows the Vaquero Trail from Spain to Mexico to Santa Fe, Texas and California, to the far corners of the West as the Vaquero tradition spread. It takes you behind the scenes to some of the West’s most historic ranches. California’s Rancho Santa Margarita, once the cattle headquarters of Mission San Luis Obispo. The Tejon Ranch, with a brand going back a thousand years to Spain. In the Great Basin, the YP, White Horse and Alvord Ranches, were all part of the Miller and Lux Enterprise. The Spanish influence reaches into Montana and Wyoming where on the storied Padlock Ranch, stretching across two states, the cowboys still rope Vaquero style. And the huge Parker Ranch in Hawaii, established in 1832. In New Mexico, you'll see the big spreads of the Bell Ranch, Singleton Ranches and Philmont Ranch. And now, in the newest edition the huge spreads across the Texas landscape. Mules were also a big part of the cowboy culture. They carried supplies. The packing system used today came from the Spanish aparejo (mule pack) and the first mules that pulled the American settlers' wagons west came from the Spanish settlements in Santa Fe and California.. What makes these films so popular is the up-close way they are filmed. Featuring real working cowboys and their families, it gives you a “fly on the wall” sense of what makes this cowboy culture tick. With astonishing photography, these documentaries provide a vivid picture of the working Cowboys, Buckaroos, Californios, Vaqueros, Paniolos and Punchers who spend their lives horseback, working cattle. The heartwarming stories, poignant memories and inspiring bravery of these American icons will make you laugh, maybe cry, and be thoroughly entertained. Beautifully underscored with the music of Ian Tyson, Dave Stamey, Don Edwards, Pedro Marquez, Juni Fisher and many other singers who have spent many hours in the saddle. Altogether, these films paint a penetrating portrait of cowboy life from its Spanish roots to present day. They are a must-see for anyone who loves the West, horsemanship and cowboys. This 10-DVD Set provides more than 16 hours of great family entertainment.
Part Number: 174