Albuquerque Journal (Albuquerque, NM)

Buckin' and Bouncin'.(LOCAL)

The small rural community of Escobosa, nestled in the foothills on the east side of the Manzano Mountains, celebrated what has become a sturdy New Mexico tradition last Sunday with the Escobosa Riders Club's 35th annual rodeo.

The club was founded in 1968 to preserve the area's age-old traditions and each year since then has held a community rodeo where the children ride sheep and calves and the grown-ups brave bulls and bucking broncos.

The Escobosa Rodeo Grounds are located on N.M. 337 (Old South Highway 14) about 16 miles south of Tijeras.

The Spanish word escobosa, which means "broom grass," points to an even older tradition, where local residents were said to use the area's thick, brushy grass to manufacture brooms. …

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