The crowd at the Feria de Mataderos broke into both impromptu and traditional dances. At one point one of the participants, in full gaucho garb, snagged Veronica by the arm and suddenly she was whirling around in fine cowgirl style. Much different from the tangos back in town.
The main attraction, Carrera de Sortija, means Race of the Ring. This traditional gaucho sport is only found in the area around Buenos Aires and on the Mediterranean islands of Menorca and Sardinia.
A small ring, about the size of a wedding band, is suspended about ten feet high between two poles.
The object of the game is to grab that ring, using a pencil sized metal rod, while riding at a full gallop.
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