Father and son were essential to building the vaquero, or cowboy, tradition. Ranching skills were passed down from one generation to the next. The vaqueros were steadfast in their loyalty – to the ranch, to the land, and to the patrones, or owners of the ranches. At La Parra, they took great pride in being known as Kenedeños – people of the Kenedy Ranch.
A young boy began learning his skills working with smaller animals – goats and calves. As he grew, he progressed to working alongside his father in the corrida, breaking and training his own horse. Soon he was out on the chaparral working the cattle in the roundups.