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Rupununi Rodeo & Cowboys

Rupununi Rodeo

To Westerners they’re known as ‘cowboys’ however, in the savannah lands of Guyana they’re known as ‘vaqueros’.
For those who want to experience hard core ranch adventure and fun and don’t mind getting real dirty, working hard and getting up with the birds and anteaters to do it all over again, this is the perfect cowboy experience.

If you’re looking for an actual Rodeo Experience, then the Lethem Easter Rodeo is the place to be.

Rupununi Rodeo is one of Guyana’s biggest Easter Events. In fact it is one of our biggest events generally. The Rupununi Rodeo of course is held in Rupununi, which is situated in the south of Guyana, 300 Miles inland from Georgetown (our Capital City) and extends into Brazil. These Savannahs are considered the largest open range savannah lands in the world.

The Lethem Rodeo or Rupununi Rodeo is held each year in the Easter weekend by the ranches in the area. It is said that the rodeo was introduced by an American from Dakota by the name of Ben Hart in the late nineteenth century. His idea of entertaining guests was then picked up by the local ranchers and became an annual tradition in the Rupununi. This sports event, which is now developing to a popular cultural festival, attracts many visitors and participants from every where, from the coastland as far as Berbice and from neighbouring Brazil. In addition, the rodeo has growing support, not only from the local ranches, but also from the private sector in Georgetown. All of this has strengthened the wish to give the Lethem or Rupununi Rodeo more regional and international exposure.

The fun usually kicks off during Easter weekend and continues to Easter Monday with day time activities like wild bull riding, horse racing, wild cow milking, wild horse riding, a female barrel race, steer roping, etc. The evening program presents festivities in the form of a cultural fair with food, games, music and the lively so-called “Faha” dance, which is a pair dance and, is said, to have its origin in the popular Northeast Brazilian ”Forró” dance.

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