When the Me Too movement became part of the American consciousness I started thinking of how my photography could make a statement on behalf of women.
Soon after moving to San Antonio I was quickly reminded of how this city celebrates the rich Charro culture.
As most people know this Mexican horsemanship sport is traditionally male dominant, however within charreadas there are the incredible all-female Ezcaramuzas equestrian teams. The ezcaramuza riders are bold and brave in character.
I decided and arranged to do a photo essay on Las Coronelas, which at that time were led by Jimmy Vallejo Ayala.
I set out to follow them for a day from early morning when they saddle their horses to the time of competition.
The tenacity and maturity that these young competitors demonstrated was jaw-dropping impressive.
During an altercation with a restless horse the girls quickly teamed up to form a circle around the horse with outstretched hands and slowly and gradually calmed the horse until it was manageable.
These girls were fearless both off and on the horse and believe they will become strong and independent women with more than enough confidence to knock any man off his horse.
Emely Ayala and Alexa Chapa do the traditional public salute of the charro culture. At the Rancho del Charro Lienzo (arena) part of the San Antonio Charro Association. (Oldest lienzo in the U.S. 1947)