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Miniature clay scene of a jaripeo by Jesus Carranza Cortes of Tlaquepaque, Jalisco

Jaripeo Ranchero or simply Jaripeo About this sound ɣarípeo is a form of bull riding practiced mainly in Central and Southern Mexico that developed in the 16th century. Originally it was a form of bull fighting where the rider rode the bull to death, but evolved into a form where the rider simply tried to ride the animal until it stopped bucking.[1][2] Today, there is a modern form in the charreada, which also requires the rider to try to stay on the bull until it tires and stops bucking. The word Jaripeo is used in reference to bull riding in Mexico, Guatemala, El Salvador, Honduras and Chile.

Charro Style[edit]

Dating back to the 16th century, the Charro style is the oldest of all four Mexican jaripeo styles. It is normally part of the charreada, where it is known as Jineteo de Toro (Bull Riding), but can also be held as a stand-alone event. Similar styles are practiced in Honduras, Costa Rica, Panama and Chile.

Michoacan Style[edit]

The Michoacán (also known as the lazo) style is the most widely practiced of all the jaripeo styles. Similar styles are practiced in Nicaragua and Costa Rica.

Colima Style[edit]

The Colima (also known as the grapa) style comes from the central-western state of Colima.

San Luis Potosí Style[edit]

The San Luis Potosi (or simply San Luis) style comes from the north-central state of San Luis Potosi.

American Style[edit]

American Style bull riding (eight seconds), which has direct Mexican roots, is practiced throughout Mexico, but is most popular in the Northern region.


  1. ^ LeCompte, Mary Lou. (1985) "The Hispanic influence on Rodeo" (PDF).  (109 KB) . Journal of Sport History. volume 12. Issue 1.
  2. ^ Nº 24 /2 · 2008 · Artículo 48