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The Chilean Rodeo
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To be a rodeo champion in Chile carries with it the same honor and prestige as many professional sports in North America. In 1962 rodeo was declared the national sport of Chile. Since then it has thrived especially in the more rural areas of the country. Huasos have been known to travel hundreds of miles to compete in these competitions. However, rodeo in Chile is very different that its North American counterpart found in the Western United States.



Media Luna

The rodeo in Chile is a test of horse and rider, where exceptional horsemanship is the only prerequisite to winning. Rodeos in Chile are conducted in half moon arenas that resemble corrals called the Media Luna.

The rodeo is a time of celebration where the whole pueblo will come out and cheer for their favorites. The atmosphere is carnival like and festive with plenty of music, dancing and food. There is usually an asado (open pit barbeque) going on outside the arena with a variety of empanadas being served and other local favorites. Here you will see the hausos dressed in their Sunday best with colorful ponchos and sashes, leather vests, large brimmed cowboy hats striped pants, large spurs and fine black leather boots. Their tack is also equally impressive and intricate, highlighted by stirrups, ornately carved from orange wood.







The rules of the rodeo are straight forward and very simple. A steer enters the Media Luna from one side and runs in one direction, usually clockwise. The huasos compete in teams of two and must pin the steer against the side of the arena and turn it in the opposite direction. How efficiently they are able to execute the turn and what “form” they use will determine their overall score. Points can be added and deducted for each turn and the competition ends after the steer is turned three times.

The rodeo is a test of both riders and horses; the mounts ridden in these rodeos are some of the best trained in Chile. The horses work in concert with the huasos to pin and turn the steer. They are specially trained to run sideways and work with the huasos in turning the animal. The horses respond almost instinctually to the slightest touch of the halter or prompting from the huaso’s spurs. The rodeo competition is what the Chilean Corralero was bred for and to watch them perform is always memorable.

Futaleufu Media Luna

In Futaleufu the Media Luna lies just outside of town and every February the pueblo hosts a regional rodeo and equestrian competition. The guests that have vacationed with us on trips, when the rodeo was taking place, have often said it was one of the highlights of their time with us.

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