Uruguayan Gauchos


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My horse crossing marshland before herding hundreds of cattle into a neighbouring field

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Juan’s leather chaps and his Bombachas de Campo, traditional cotton Gaucho trousers

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Suzanne leaves cloths out to dry – with no electricity she completes her household tasks with the help of a head-torch


Belinqa dries the hide of a heifer after a day of herding cattle


Belinqa feeds his dog a sheep’s heart before preparing the hide for drying


Belinqa’s ‘facon’ (knife) and ‘rebenque’ (leather horse-whip)


An angry bull plunges into tic repellent

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Juan herding his cattle back to their pasture after injecting them with tic repellent

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Juan’s leather chaps


Belinqa and his rebenque, or leather horse-whip





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A view of Juan’s 2,400 acres – making his estancia medium sized


With no computers, the three pupils throw tyres over bottles, while their horses are tethered to posts over- looking the playground


Jennifer, 9, and her little brother ride to school everyday. In the summer season, rain fall causes flooding in rivers, making their journey hazardous, and sometimes impossible

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From 30 pupils in 1995, to 3 pupils in 2015 – this school suffers the result of generations of would-be gauchos travelling to cities and towns to seek work


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