Rodeo ladies give coleo a new twist

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Pictured left to right: Cinthia Escudero, Mercedes Vergara, Dagnis Solis and Angie Peralta.

Pictured left to right: Cinthia Escudero, Mercedes Vergara, Dagnis Solis and Angie Peralta.

When the Panamanian Coleo Association (APACOL) introduced their latest members this past October, the fact that they were female competitors came as an unexpected surprise. Long dominated by men, the rodeo sport of Coleo is characterized by the high speed pursuit of a calf or bull by riders on horseback. To win a chase, riders aggressively compete to be the first to grab and tumble the pursued animal by the tail. Fraught with danger, Coleo competitions have only recently begun to be infiltrated by intrepid female enthusiasts of the sport.

Ranging in ages from 11 to 37, the group of nine Panamanian competitors are currently readying themselves for the 1st International Female Coleo Competition being held in Panama on Saturday, December 14 at the Sombra Pista in Aguadulce, Coclé. They will be going up against riders from Cuba, Mexico, USA and Brazil, making this event a spectacular clash of nations not to be missed.

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