Mexico's disabled cowboys defy expectations and traditions
The first charreada, or team-competition rodeo, featuring people with disabilities took place in November 2011 as part of the cultural events of the Parapan American Games in Guadalajara, Mexico.
In this July 10, 2016 photo, with the help of a guide and his brace gripping his lower back, charro or Mexican cowboy Salvador Espinosa grips his lasso before downing a young bull at the Mexican rodeo arena in Cuautitlán Izcalli, Mexico. Espinoza needs help mounting the horse and doesnt rely on the traditional stirrups attached to the saddle. But once on horseback, hes a skilled equestrian and a fearless competitor. (AP Photo/Nick Wagner)
In this July 10, 2016 photo, charro or Mexican cowboy Salvador Espinoza rests his lasso on his leg while calling for his dog Susana to hop into the van after arriving at at the Mexican rodeo arena in CuautitlÃ¡n Izcalli, Mexico. The first charreada, or team-competition rodeo, featuring people with disabilities took place in November 2011 as part of the cultural events of the Parapan American Games in Guadalajara, Mexico. In another first, the opening ceremony included a wheelchair performance of the jarabe tapatio, the folkloric tradition known abroad as the âMexican hat dance.â (AP Photo/Nick Wagner)
In this July 21, 2016 photo, Salvador Espinoza and Graciela Sanchez Martinez maneuver through traffic while selling sugar in Chalco, Mexico. The couple sells sugar for 14 pesos, or about $0.75, as a way to earn a little more money in addition to the support they receive from the government. Espinoza and Sanchez Martinez, have performed in over a dozen charreadas and form the only married couple in the Patino paracharreria team. Sanchez Martinez was diagnosed at age 2 with Guillain-Barre syndrome, a nerve disorder that can cause muscle weakness and sometimes paralysis. A spinal cord injury left Espinoza paralyzed from the waist down. (AP Photo/Nick Wagner)
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