I remember how it all started all that time ago. We’ve always been aware that when guests came to La Margarita they loved the fact that they were in the land of the gauchos. For many it was the reason why they came in the first place They were always fascinated with the work of the gaucho, of the criollo horses they rode and of the work they did. What gauchos basically do is to look after cattle simple - but is it? They are the Argentine version of those cowboys who inhabited La Ponderosa with Ben Cartwright and sons. Good gauchos are a skilful people when working with horses and cattle. They can make rounding up a herd of calves look easy - that is until you try it! Their skill with horses is often second to none since most are born in the saddle and it’s a joy to watch them on a horse. When guests came they loved to watch the gauchos at work with cattle and leaping on to horses just like in those cowboy films we loved to watch when we were kids.
One day we were on the way back from a long ride we offer to The Pulperia Gervasio ( https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=-vUpOrFnSpQ) when in the other direction came a herd of calves being driven by about four gauchos (two were lady gauchos called chinos here). As we got nearer the gauchos invited our guests to work with them getting the calves into another field. Our guests were thrilled to be doing this and got stuck into the task immediately they didn’t need to be asked twice. This was the real thing and for the next half an hour our guests turned into gauchos and chinas! What a ride to the pulperia is turned out to be (http://www.estancialamargarita.com/en/long-rides
It got me thinking about if we could offer on La Margarita more of this type of event where guests come and learn to do what gauchos do. After all you never know when the skills will come in handy! And so was born The Gaucho School.
We have had some trial events over the past year where we had some groups come to try the events we had planned to offer such as learning how to saddle gaucho style, round up calves, learn how to use a lasso etc to how it would worked. What came out of that was how obvious it was that the guests enjoyed it. Not only did they enjoy it but they absolutely loved it. Maybe its going back to our basic instincts when were all hunters. With this motivation of seeing how much the guests loved it The Gaucho School was born. This was over a year ago and over this time we have been putting the finishing touches to the school. As mentioned we have had a number of groups to the estancia who came to participate in The Gaucho School events. The last of these groups was a group of students from Louisiana last week. To hear their shrikes of laughter as they entered into the spirit of The Gaucho School as they attempted to compete in such events as barrel racing, in corralling calves and competing against each was a joy to see. Watching for example how the groups solved how to saddle a horse correctly after being show a couple of times was fascinating
Now we have at last got the web page done and we are open for business. I am really excited about the future for the school. It’s going to be a lot of fun.
Recently we had Fabienne Coutuier a well know journalist in her native country of Canada who was sent down by the national newspaper La Presse to write and take pictures of The Gaucho School in action . Fabienne loved it and so did her newspaper who published a great article about the school
So if you have dreams of being a gaucho for a few days now you know where you can come to fulfil that dream- vas a encantar!
This is David Cummings alias The English Gaucho hasta pronto
PS. Really really sorry if you have contacted us over the past year to come attend The Gaucho School trails but we were inundated with request to come to the trails but we didn’t have enough space for everyone – we do now so please let us know if you would like to come we would love to see you here