Saturday, we went to a Mexican asada or cookout at Centro Ecuestre Canales, where we keep our horses and ride. First thing noted: a fancy, new double tier grill and sausages and arrachera and a tub of iced beer. Nothing to complain about there.
We were invited by Eugenio Canales, who gives my girls their riding lessons. They are practicing diligently with him these days as there is a dressage competition at his place in mid-May. The guests were Eugenio´s friends and nephews and his workers, who tack up the horses and keep things clean around the barn, and supposedly their families. But the guys said their wives preferred to stay home.
A guy who works with charro horses brought his lariat and showed us how he could jump through while spinning it. My 15 year old daughter demanded to be taught how. As we rolled up tacos of meat and grilled peppers, it began to get dark and the electricity suddenly went out. One of the caballarangos (ranch-hands) went for his truck to illuminate the party with headlights and music. He only crashed into one parked car as he rearranged his.
Next, a charro rider (and nephew of the host) called Pollo said he would leave. Another caballarango said, "If you leave, te voy a echar sillazos." "Ni modo, ya me voy," Pollo said and headed for the street. Sure enough, the caballarango, as promised, threw a chair at him. Then apparently, more chairs flew. The wind picked up. Guests grabbed at flying napkins and held onto their beers. When the lights came back on, it was late and only two horse guys were left.
Can´t wait for the next Mexican grill.