Escaramuzas are Mexican cowgirls who perform fast and furious routines on galloping horses. They wear colourful dresses and hats and ride sidesaddle. Our photographers captured these amazing riders in action.

Escaramuzas ride their horses at a Mexican rodeo in Guadalajara, Jalisco, Mexico (age fotostock/Robert Harding)

Escaramuzas ride their horses. A charreada Mexican rodeo at the Lienzo Charro Zermeno, Guadalajara, Jalisco, Mexico.

Charreada (Mexican rodeo) at the Lienzo Charro Zermeno, Guadalajara (age fotostock/Robert Harding)

Escaramuzas ride their horses. A charreada Mexican rodeo at the Lienzo Charro Zermeno, Guadalajara, Jalisco, Mexico.

Members of the Metro team hold their sombreros during the awards ceremony at a rodeo in Mexico City (Aurora Photos/Robert Harding)

Members of the Metro team hold their sombreros during the awards ceremony at an Escaramuza in Mexico City, Sunday, February 10, 2008.  Escaramuzas are similar to US rodeos, where female competitors called "Amazonas" wear long skirts, and ride side saddle.

Members of the El Herradero team compete in an Escaramuza competition in Mexico City (Aurora Photos/Robert Harding)

Members of the El Herradero team compete in an Escaramuza in Mexico City, Sunday, February 10, 2008.  Escaramuzas are similar to US rodeos, where female competitors called "Amazonas" wear long skirts, and ride side saddle.  Male rodeo competitors are "Char

The crowd watches Charros and Amazonas line up in the arena at the start of a rodeo in Mexico City (Aurora Photos/Robert Harding)

The crowd watches Charros and Amazonas line up in the arena at the start of a Charreria and Ezcaramuza exhibition in Mexico City, June 8, 2008.  Charrerias and Escaramuzas are similar to US rodeos, with male competitors called Charros and female competitor

Escaramuza competition in Mexico City (Aurora Photos/Robert Harding)

An Amazona rides her horse at an Escaramuza competition in Mexico City, May 24, 2008. Escaramuzas are similar to US rodeos, where female competitors called "Amazonas" wear long skirts, and ride side saddle. Male rodeo competitors are "Charros," from which

An escaramuza rides her horse in a rodeo competition in Mexico City (Aurora Photos/Robert Harding)

An escaramuza from Anahuac of Tecamac team rides her horse in a rodeo competition in Mexico City, May 10, 2008. Escaramuzas are similar to US rodeos, where female competitors called "Amazonas" wear long skirts, and ride side saddle. Male rodeo competitors

Amazonas at an Escaramuza competition in Mexico City (Aurora Photos/Robert Harding)

Amazonas at an Escaramuza competition in Mexico City, May 24, 2008. Escaramuzas are similar to US rodeos, where female competitors called "Amazonas" wear long skirts, and ride side saddle. Male rodeo competitors are "Charros," from which comes the word "Ch

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