For this week’s edition of Vida, I featured three people who participated in the 32nd annual Joaquín Murrieta Horse Pilgrimage. I’d like to introduce you to two more longtime riders:
During Sunday’s celebration at the Halfway Store, Dante Hurtado hopped on the stage and began singing a corrido about the legendary bandito Joaquín Murrieta.
Hurtado, who was once a professional mariachi singer and now owns a landscaping business in Sacramento, said he enjoys inspiring other riders with his songs. “I want to motivate more people to come to the Murrieta ride,” he said.
Hurtado, who has been participating in the event for the past 10 or 12 years, said he feels a connection to Murrieta. “I’m a Joaquín Murrieta, too,” he said. “I feel him inside of me, because he’s my hero, because he’s Mexican.”
“I’ve got the spirit,” Hurtado said. “He gives me the power to go forward.”
Atwater resident Nancy Enrriquez sat atop her mare, Azuzena, and held her granddaughter, Julissa Duran.
Enrriquez said she introduces her children and grandchildren to horseback riding as early as possible. “As soon as they can sit up here, I get them on here,” she said. “If you put them on real young, they’re not scared.”
This was the sixth year Enrriquez participated in the three-day event and, she said, “I live for this ride.”
Be sure to check out the Photo Galleries to see all of Daniel Cásarez’s fantastic photos from the event.