Los Cowboys hit the Hulu airwaves just a few days ago, but I’m already addicted to the docu-series showcasing Mexican rodeo.
The “character” Rob is equal parts frat boy and La Charreada George Morris. He doles out bits of advice thinly disguised as comedy gold like they’re candy. He’s also the team’s farrier… because of course he is.
“The horse looks amazing!” – Rob on the perfect profile picture for a dating website.
“I can do more on this yellow green horse. Green like an avocado, like you!” – Rob’s words of wisdom to a rookie.
Alex’s journey echoes the struggles that all adult amateur equestrians face. He’s juggling his passion for horse riding with work, family, and the stress of a new baby. Luckily, he has his amazing brother Joey and his wife Marisela to help him along the way. On a side– After watching the show everyone in America is going to want a brother Joey. He’s adorable.
3. The sport
I never knew La Charreada existed, but now all I want to do is learn and watch more. A little bit of research tells me the sport evolved from practices used on the haciendas of Mexico, officially popping into existence sometime after the Mexican Revolution.
The sport became a “living history” of ranch traditions, preserving the methods used for generations. Not all of the disciplines are featured on the show, most likely because many of them are mired in controversy, but of the ones featured, my favorites were the reining…
and the “El Paso de la Muerte” aka The Pass of Death.
The rookies perfecting the pass of death consumes most of the show’s first season. Props to Ivette for showing the boys up on her first try… girl got skills!
If you want further explanation, check out this great video by director Francisco Pugliese.
Overall, I enjoyed this series. I felt like it was truthful to the culture it was trying to represent without becoming overly cliché. These “characters” felt very sincere, which is rare when it comes to reality television. The show is a great mix of comedy, drama, and technical information. I definitely look forward to a second season.
I give Los Cowboys 3 1/2 Golden Horseshoes.