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Back on the Horse for Escondido Charreria Legend



    For 40 years the Charros of Escondido have built a heritage of horsemanship at the Lienzo arena.

    "It was the Mexican way, it's what all the ranchers used to do," said Roberto Rodriguez, with the Charros of Escondido.

    But as much as it is about lifestyle, for Tony Munoz, the Lienzo has become a life-long legacy.

    "He's brought our national sport, our traditions, our culture, he's brought everything on that Lienzo," said Humberto Saenz with the Charros of Escondido.

    Back on the Horse for Escondido Charreria Legend

    [DGO] Back on the Horse for Escondido Charreria Legend
    NBC 7 reporter Diana Guevara interviews Roberto Rodriguez with the Charros of Escondido about his heritage to horsemanship.
    (Published Friday, Sept. 28, 2012)

    Munoz is an internationally recognized trick roper and horse trainer. He has performed on some of the best stages all around the world. An award winning talent beginning at 5 years old, which has helped put La Charreada, a traditional Mexican rodeo, on the map.

    "It's amazing how he makes horses spin and slide," adds Rodriguez, now following in his famous uncle's footsteps.

    But it's a skill set Munoz has had to set aside for the past two and half years after suffering a debilitating accident on April 19, 2010.

    Munoz was giving a performance at the Lienzo, when he was thrown from his horse and kicked in the head. He suffered a severe brain injury and his vision was also damaged, leaving him in a coma for five months.

    "It's like the time of the Charreria in Escondido stopped," explained Saenz, a long time student and friend of Munoz.

    Munoz' nephew remembers the accident and running to help his uncle.

    "It's scary the thought of something worse happening," said the 17-year-old high school student.

    "He just needs to wait, have patience and he will be back up here before he knows it," adds Rodriguez through tears.

    But after seven brain surgeries and months of rehabilitation Marisol Munoz says her husband is well on his way. Even picking up his rope and practicing with the help of hospital staff.

    "He's just so strong," Marisol said. "He just won't give up."

    In celebration of their 40th anniversary and to pay tribute to Munoz, the Charros of Escondido have set up a support account under "The Anthony Munoz Fund." People can deliver donations to any local Bank of America branch.

    Munoz is scheduled to undergo surgery for a hip replacement next month.