This gaucho game is called sortija. It consists of a metal ring, which is placed high on an arch suspended on a string. Gauchos have to catch the small ring with a long wooden lance about the size of a pencil all the while at a full gallop on horseback. This game takes great
horseman skills as well as a steady arm and sharp eyesight. The reward is always a kiss from a girl he chooses among the spectators. This old gaucho caught the ring and then gave it to my wife, Mary Alice, along with a kiss on the cheek. I think it was because of her excellent Spanish and good looks.
His horse is a Criollo breed (in Spanish), or Crioulo (in Portuguese). It is the native horse of Uruguay (1910), Argentina (1918), Brazil (1932) and Paraguay brought to South America by the Spanish conquistadors. The horse breed has a reputation for long-distance endurance linked to a low basal metabolism. The breed, known for its hardiness and stamina, is popular in its home countries. This is the breed horse of the gauchos.
Distinguishing features: Compact and strong, straight or convex head, broad chest, well-developed joints, small in stature. The gauchos are superb horsemen and take pride in their animals. I caught the old gaucho giving his horse a shower after the games. Check out the gallery: https://birdshooter.smugmug.com/SouthAmerica/The-Gauchos-of-Estancia-La/