Wild Wild East: Mexican-style rodeo planned for Baiting Hollow

04/18/2011 4:57 PM |
A rodeo is planned for May 28 on a farm in Baiting Hollow, as depicted in Spanish language posters advertising the event.

A rodeo is planned for May 29 on a farm in Baiting Hollow, as depicted in Spanish language posters advertising the event.

A rodeo featuring bull riding, live music, Latin food and children’s games is being planned for next month on a farm in Baiting Hollow.

Emma Saldierna and Edgar Morales, both from East Quogue, have applied to Riverhead Town to hold the rodeo May 29 at Gold Rush Farms, a 48-acre farm at the corner of Sound and Oakleigh avenues.

Advertisements for the event, which is being promoted under the name Morales Friesians, are in Spanish and label the event a “Jaripeo” — a form of rodeo that involves bull riding and is popular in Mexico, according to Ms. Saldierna, who sent the News-Review an English version of the flier.
Ms. Saldierna said she and Mr. Morales are horse trainers and have organized rodeo events before in other areas. She said they chose the Baiting Hollow site because Mr. Morales has worked with Gold Rush Farms, which also runs a horse rescue program.

The posters say that the best bulls from the Rancho Tres Potrillos of Jose Campos in Delaware will be featured, along with food, face painting, games, a mechanical bull, pony rides, several musical acts and the election of a rodeo queen.

The event is scheduled to run from noon to 11 p.m. on Sunday, May 29, with doors opening at 11 a.m. and a rain date set for June 5. Seven musical acts are slated to perform.

The Town Board has not yet taken any action on the application, which seeks a special event permit. And Supervisor Sean Walter said there wasn’t a vote scheduled for Wednesday night’s Town Board meeting.

Mr. Walter said the town attorney’s office indicated that additional information is needed on the application.
Rex Farr, president of the Greater Calverton Civic Association, said he had not heard anything about the proposed rodeo.

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  • The ASPCA has a policy statement on rodeo events that reads:

    “The ASPCA is opposed to all rodeo events that involve cruel, painful, stressful and potentially harmful treatment of livestock, not only in performance but also in handling, transport and prodding to perform. The ASPCA recognizes the cruel treatment inflicted on many additional animals in the process of practicing to compete in rodeo events. Further, the ASPCA is opposed to children’s rodeo events such as goat tying, calf riding and sheep riding (“mutton busting”), which do not promote humane care and respect for animals.”

  • which is ironic, since the gold rush farm is , i believe, a horse rescue operation.

  • Adios Riverhead….

  • I think it’s lovely that we are experiencing multi-culturalism out on the Eastern portion of Long Island. It sound like it will be a true family event and I will make every attempt to attend!

  • Will the last American to leave Riverhead please remember to grab the Flag?


  • You can speak another language and still be an American. That’s what makes our country great.

  • Underneath the ad it says it will be held May 28th. In the write up to the left, it says it will be held May 29th? Curious which date it is?

  • DMS: Not exclusively.

  • Gee? Will there be cockfighting as well??

  • Gee? Will there be cockfighting as well??

  • A family event? The ASPCA thoroughly denounces rodeos as abusive and torturous to animals. Is that what you want your kids to learn?

  • The reason there isn’t a sign in english is because this particular group of “immigrants” has no intention of integrating into wider American culture.

    If people would just listen (and, yes, I speak fluent Spanish) to what groups like La Raza and other latino advocates say and write about whites (and blacks) in Spanish, they would be appalled. The messaging is completely different when they are making statements in English. In a nutshell, the position of many latino activists is that the entire continent belongs to them, and “Anglos” should be thrown out.

    This is the first wave of immigrants that have demanded that the government communicate to them in their native language. Have you noticed that every mailing from the school district/town/county/state/federal government now has a Spanish language component to it?

  • And, let the racist comments commence…

  • Yeah, and they can make it all caps too!

  • Yeah, because opposing MILLIONS of people entering the country illegally, and all the associated crime like mass identity theft, is racist.

  • I go to the Riverhead hispanic rodeo all the time. Oops ! I just remembered thats just a trip to the walmart.

  • I go to the Riverhead hispanic rodeo all the time. Oops ! I just remembered thats just a trip to the walmart.

  • I cant read the sign but I want to go.

  • No, but turning a story about an upcoming cultural event into your own forum of hate and intolerance is exactly what I predicted would happen. Thanks for proving my point.

  • Keep trying to define opposition to illegal immigration as “racist”. No one buys that lie anymore.

    Why don’t you tell us why illegal immigration is so wonderful?

  • If you’re so passionate about putting a stop to illegal immigration, perhaps you can find time to volunteer to help undocumented immigrants obtain legal status, instead of hijacking a story that has nothing to do with the topic.

  • When you go to WalMart, is it to buy douche?

  • The only help illegal immigrants need is a southbound ride where they can get in line behind the millions of people going through the process to immigrate to the US legally.

    Why do you want to reward people who entered the country illegally?

  • Because they are human beings trying to provide for themselves and their families. Same as you. Same as myself. I love my country and I want to help others who appreciate our way of life. It feels much better to break walls down then to build them up. However, the biggest problem I have is with assuming they are criminals because they are brown and speak Spanish. You don’t know anything more about them, let alone their citizenship status. Do you believe that all people of hispanic descent are here illegally?

  • Hey if we have to put stuff in Spanish why don’t Spanish put their stuff in English?
    I can tell you why this is in Spanish only…They don’t want us there…..
    I hope Riverhead PD stands by and brings in extra Officers….I smell trouble…

  • Laurie, why wouldn’t they want you there? You seem like so much fun… with all your intolerance and bigoted accusations.

  • Laurie, why wouldn’t they want you there? You seem like so much fun… with all your intolerance and bigoted accusations.

  • Laurie, why wouldn’t they want you there? You seem like so much fun… with all your intolerance and bigoted accusations.

  • People, please….this is not about the ethnic background of the Rodeo promoters.. Rodeos are cruel, unnecessary exploitations of innocent, abused and frightened animals!!! Check the ASPCA comments posted by our compassionate neighbors. Do the right thing and petition to stop this barbaric spectacle. I do not care if the Pope is sponsoring it….IT IS WRONG!!!!

  • Tuccio and muma could serve buffalo burgers there and display buffalo heads.

  • you just don’t get it…have fun at the rodeo that is racist..puts their posters in Spanish only…
    if I can’t read it I don’t know what it is….

  • If we lived illegally in Mexico we would be but in jail..nobody would help.
    Do it the way the law says and then I don’t have a problem.My ancestors did it legally.

  • When is the Revolution going to begin? Maybe at this Rodeo.

  • Again, why do you assume they are here illegally? Would you like it if your neighbors branded you a criminal based on how you look and the pride you take in your heritage?

  • Wouldn’t this be a nice trap set up by the INS ?

  • Nice strawman argument…………………

  • Asking relevant questions does not equate to a straw man fallacy. She said that her ancestors came here legally, and I’m raising the point that so have many of the people that she claims are here illegally. I want Laurie to think about how she would like to be treated if she looked and sounded different than everyone else. Should everyone assume that she is breaking the law? Wouldn’t it be better if we refrain from casting judgement without first knowing what the deal is? What’s more American than “innocent, until proven guilty?” What’s more decent than the golden rule? These are American values that we cannot lose sight of… It’s what we stand for as a country.

    Laurie – when your ancestors came here, it is attitudes like yours that they had to overcome. Racism, prejudices, disenfranchising, etc. Why do you want to continue the cycle of intolerance? Remember what is written on our symbol of freedom in the harbor of NY…

    “Give me your tired, your poor,
    Your huddled masses yearning to breathe free,
    The wretched refuse of your teeming shore.
    Send these, the homeless, tempest-tost to me,
    I lift my lamp beside the golden door!”

  • Fine, take the Statue up on her invitation……… but do it LEGALLY. If it looks like a duck, and quack like a duck, then it’s probably a duck. I’m not stupid enough to think all the hispanics hanging out on Main Street are legal, because I know better. We all look and sound different, but most immigrants go out of their way to assimilate into the US. I have lived in CA too, and these people expect to be catered to, and make no effort to even learn English after being here all their lives. Not racist, just a fact. Why not learn English and have the sign in English??

  • Well, we’ve sure got the MExicans! Add horses and it’s a rodeo!

  • Well, we’ve sure got the MExicans! Add horses and it’s a rodeo!

  • You might want to review the differences between fact vs opinion. Also, you should apply for a job with the INS given your uncanny ability to discern an undocumented immigrant based solely on their looks.

  • And we’ve sure got the rednecks! Add horses and it’s an orgy!

  • Chapter 51 : The Eighth Great Race War – Mexico

    The Amerinds were not the only overtly racial threat which early White America had to face: to the south lay a large, mixed-race population made up of Spanish/Amerind/Black descent who had in the interim formalized into the country of Mexico. This large non-White population was openly antagonistic to the White settlers to the north, referring to them derogatively as “gringos”.

    Both early White America and the mixed-race Mexicans were, at that stage, expanding their territorial claims over the central and western parts of north America. It was inevitable that this would lead to a clash, and the scene was set for the eighth great race war in history – the war between White America and Mexico. This conflict was joined by the mid 1800s, with disastrous consequences for Mexico.

    White Numbers IN NORTH AMERICA Swell

    Between 1776 and 1865, the American confederation virtually tripled in size, growing from 13 to 36 states as White immigration continued unabated from Europe: Scandinavians settling in what became Middle America, Germans settling in middle and north-western America, Italians and Irish congregating on the eastern seaboard; French tending to gather in the north, near the former French outposts of Quebec; Russians, Poles and Eastern Europeans also arrived: America became a melting pot of virtually every significant White nation.

    Even though these groups represented a cultural and ethnic diversity, they all shared an essentially common gene pool and thus were able to mix with one another without the overall racial make-up of the White population changing.

    Right: As more Whites entered North America, so the demand for new land grew. White settler trails expanded ever further eastward and south – the latter going into Mexican claimed territory.


    The territory now making up Texas and parts of California were originally incorporated into Mexico in terms of that country’s 1824 constitution, having been formally placed under that country’s supervision in exchange for letting the state of Florida fall under American supervision in terms of an agreement dating back to 1819.

    However, Mexico, constantly racked by civil strife and anarchy (so typical of the Hispanic world to this day), was never able to exert completely effective control over its northernmost regions. By 1825, the vast majority of inhabitants (about 30,000 strong) of the region were White immigrants who had poured in from the United Sates. Simultaneously with this White push south, a small but significant number of non-White Mexicans pushed north, establishing their own settlements in the area.

    The Short-lived Republic of Fredonia

    In 1825, a small group of Whites obtained formal permission from the Mexican government to settle an area in the northernmost part of that land, known as Nacogdoches (now in eastern Texas). The arrival of the Whites was vehemently opposed by the non-White Mexicans in the area: after receiving protests from the Mexicans, the non-White government withdrew the permission it had given to the Whites to settle there.

    Antagonized, a group of 16 Whites then proclaimed themselves independent in December 1826, establishing what they called the Independent Republic of Fredonia. In January 1827 a small force of 60 Mexicans was sent to squash the ridiculously small White rebellion: the 16 Whites however soundly defeated the 60 Mexicans in the only gunfight of the Republic of Fredonia’s existence, and the non-Whites fled south with several dead.

    The Mexicans then sent a force several hundred strong to beat the 16 Whites into submission: they never got a chance, as the Whites had packed their bags and left by the time the Mexicans arrived in Nacogdoches. So ended the first White attempt to seize territory in Texas.

    The Great Western Trails

    The Mexican-held territory of California was also the subject of White colonization: in 1841 John Bidwell and John Bartleson led the first group of settlers overland, starting a series of treks which became known as the great western wagon trails: the Santa Fe Trail, the Oregon Trail, and the California Trail.

    Over the next five years, thousands of White pioneers, filled with the zeal of manifest destiny, endured deserts, snow, plains, mountain passes and attacks by hostile Amerinds on the trek west, with many being killed or dying of disease on the way.

    The Mexicans regarded the Whites with suspicion: suspecting (rightly, as it turned out) that the White immigration would encourage the United States to annex the territory. The Mexican government was however simply too weak to do anything about the White settlers.

    Mexicans Enact Anti-White Laws

    Although the Fredonian rebellion was unsuccessful, the reality remained that the majority of inhabitants of Texas (at that time) were Whites. Realizing the potential of further White rebellions, the non-White Mexican government announced a total ban on all further White immigration into the area – an overtly and specifically anti-White racial law.

    The Mexican authorities also rejected requests to establish a provincial government in the region. Racial tensions then built up, and in 1836, an overtly White racial rebellion against the local Mexican government representatives took place, with the Whites refusing to pay taxes or otherwise acknowledge the Mexican authority. This was tantamount to a declaration of independence and the Mexicans saw the need to nip it in the bud as quickly as possible.

    The BATTLE OF THE Alamo

    The Mexican president, Santa Anna, marched on the rebel territory with an army 6,000 strong, first engaging the gringos at a fortified mission station known as the Alamo in San Antonio on 23 February 1836.

    Above: The remains of the Alamo stand to this day in San Antonio, Texas.

    Inside the fortified mission station were about 150 White volunteers, including the folk-hero Davey Crockett, an Indian fighter, frontiersman, former Tennessee legislator and US Congressman, at 50 already a living legend.

    These 150 men were later joined by a further 33 volunteers, but then the Alamo had already been under siege for three days by Santa Anna’s vastly numerically-superior army.

    After twelve days of siege, the 183 Whites had not suffered a single casualty, while hundreds of the 6000 strong Mexican army had been killed.

    “Drawing the Line”

    At the end of the 12th day, the commander of the force, 28 year old William Travis, told his men that their situation was hopeless and that they faced certain death. He said that he was prepared to fight to the death, but that he did not expect any others to do so. He then drew a line in the earth with his sword, saying that anyone who wanted to fight with him could cross the line he had drawn, and any that did not, could try and escape before the fort was overrun by the Mexicans, without losing any honor. It was from this incident that the saying “crossing the line” originated.

    All but one of the soldiers crossed the line to join Travis: only a French Jewish adventurer named Moses Rose did not. He subsequently escaped from the Alamo under the cover of darkness and became the only source of information up till the end of the twelfth day.

    Right: The Battle of the Alamo, which lasted 14 days and saw 182 Whites finally overcome by a Mexican army of thousands.

    The Alamo Stormed

    Finally on the 13th day, the huge Mexican army finally plucked up enough courage to storm the walls of the Alamo. The battle was short: those Whites not killed in action were bayoneted to death after surrendering.

    But the victory was dearly bought: for the 182 White men who died at the Alamo, almost 1,600 Mexicans died during the thirteen day siege. The heroic defense of the Alamo is still celebrated in American folklore, although the racial implications are deliberately underplayed.

    The Massacre of the Whites at Goliad

    The fall of the Alamo and the subsequent murder of the survivors shocked the rest of White Texas. Santa Anna then marched on the small White town of Goliad, forcing the town’s garrison of 400 men to surrender in March 1836, after a two day battle. Part of the terms of surrender were that the Whites would be released: after keeping them for eight days the Mexicans marched their White prisoners out of the town, telling them they were to be freed and sent to New Orleans.

    Suddenly, near the San Antonio River, the Mexicans turned on the prisoners and starting shooting them. Only 60 of the original 400, managed to escape the massacre.

    The news of Santa Anna’s war of extermination, against all the Whites he could get his hands on, caused shock waves throughout Texas. Large numbers of Whites left the more isolated parts of the state and started congregating in urban centers for protection.

    WHITE REVENGE AT San Jacinto

    The White Texans then gathered together their broken army, and with a force of not more than 600 men, attacked Santa Anna’s army at San Jacinto in April 1836. With the rallying cry of “Remember the Alamo” (another phrase which passed into American folklore) the small White army tore into the Mexican force, utterly defeating them in a battle lasting only 20 minutes. Santa Anna himself was taken prisoner in this battle.

    The Republic of Texas ESTABLISHED 1836

    The victorious Texans then struck a deal with Santa Anna: he and the remains of his army would be free to return to Mexico if he repudiated the Mexican claim to Texas. Santa Anna agreed and his captured army was set free, returning promptly to Mexico.

    The White independent Republic of Texas was created in the same year, 1836. The Lone Star Republic, as it was known, remained independent from 1836 to 1845, when it applied to the US Congress for inclusion into the United States.

    A period of debate followed: already the issue of slavery was becoming prominent in the union, and the Republic of Texas was a region which tolerated Black slavery. Their application to join the union was therefore opposed by those northern states where slavery had been abolished, and was supported by those southern states which allowed slavery.

    Finally, a compromise was reached whereby the non-slave owning state of Oregon and the slave owning state of Texas were added to the Union, in an agreement which attempted to keep the balance between the two sides. Texas formally became part of the union in 1845, and Oregon in 1846.

    Standoff at the Rio Grande

    The annexation of Texas provoked the second phase of the White American war with Mexico: Santa Anna’s successors repudiated the concession he had made regarding Texas, and refused to discuss the inclusion of the state into the United States.

    Tensions rose and by March 1846, a Mexican army faced off a White army across the Rio Grande border. The White army, led by General Zachary Taylor (who would later become president of America), crossed into Mexican territory, and encountering no resistance, marched up to the very entrance to the Mexican city of Matamoros.

    Above: General Zachary Taylor, commander of the White army in the great Mexican War. Taylor would later be elected President of the United States.

    There the campaign seemed to be on hold: disease and desertions started seriously affecting the size of Taylor’s army of 5,400 men: meanwhile the Mexicans were drawing up an army with which to counter the gringo invasion. Finally the Mexicans attacked a small advance party of Whites, killing several in the process. The spilling of White blood caused the American Congress to officially acknowledge the state of war with Mexico on 11 May 1846.

    White American Invasion

    The White army then went onto the offensive: although by this stage numbering only some 3,000 men, it managed to defeat the numerically superior Mexican army in two important engagements, at Palo Alto and Resaca de Plama, and occupied the city of Matamoros itself. News of the victories spread throughout the United States, and volunteers rushed to join up: finally a powerful army of 14,400 men was raised.

    The Bear Flag Republic in California

    In the region now known as California, a similar situation to that of Texas had been developing: the outbreak of the hostilities between Mexico and the American government sparked off a White rebellion against Mexican rule there as well: by the middle of 1846, White rebels under the leadership of Colonel John Fremont had captured a Mexican fort at Sonoma, north of San Francisco, and had proclaimed an independent state called the Bear Flag Republic.

    The Bear Flag Republic lasted only one month: on 7 July 1846, a US naval unit landed to the south of San Francisco at the settlement of Monterey, and claimed the entire region of California for the United States. A few days later American forces occupied the settlement of San Francisco, meeting virtually no opposition from the Mexicans and being welcomed by the Whites as liberators.

    Battles of Los Angeles 1847

    By December 1846, American forces had occupied Los Angeles: although by this time the Mexicans had recovered from the initial shock and had been able to draw up their forces. The Mexicans counterattacked, and in the battle of Los Angeles in December 1846, drove the gringos out of the town once again, virtually annihilating the entire White regiment in the process.

    In January 1847, the Whites relaunched an attack on Los Angeles: the third in as many months – and defeated the Mexican force, capturing several hundred Mexican soldiers and ending Mexican control in California. What was to become the largest state in America was wrested away from non-White control by blatant force of arms: Mexico was never able to re-occupy California – at least not by using force.

    The Battle of Monterey – PRELUDE TO MEXICAN DEFEAT

    The White army in Mexico itself had in the meanwhile continued to push south. Taking 6,000 men, General Taylor now advanced on Monterey, a fortress city defended by 15,000 Mexican soldiers. After three days of heavy fighting which saw great casualties inflicted on both sides, the White army was victorious and the American flag flew over the city.

    The losses sustained in capturing Monterey had dampened the Americans’ enthusiasm for the war, and they seized upon an offer made by the original Mexican aggressor, Santa Anna, who had been in exile in Cuba after having been deposed by the Mexicans themselves. Santa Anna sent a note to the American president, James Polk, saying that if he was allowed to return to Mexico (the American navy was blockading the Mexican coast) he would be able to seize power and end the war. Polk assented to this plan, and Santa Anna was allowed to slip through the American blockade.

    Santa Anna’s Treachery

    However, once back in Mexico City, Santa Anna managed to seize power, but immediately announced his intention to drive the White invaders out of Mexico and reoccupy Texas. Raising an army of 25,000 Mexicans, Santa Anna marched north, but only some 15,000 completed the march; the rest deserted along the way.

    Even so, the Mexican army had a three to one superiority over the White army of 4,500 men: the two sides engaged at the Battle of Buena Vista on 23 February 1847. After heavy fighting the whole day, during which the White army came close to being utterly defeated, the Mexicans retreated and headed south.


    Sensing victory, the White army then called in reinforcements. Boosting its strength to 11,000, they set off in pursuit of the retreating Mexicans. A daring landing of the entire White army on 9 March 1846, from the sea a few miles south of the Spanish founded city of Vera Cruz, saw the Mexicans outflanked.

    After a six day siege and bombardment – with the Mexicans replying in kind – Vera Cruz fell on 28 March 1846, with the Mexicans suffering at least 2000 fatalities, including a large number of civilians. Only 67 Whites were killed in the encounter: an indication of the unevenness of the match.


    The Americans decided to strike for Mexico City itself: Santa Anna launched a desperate counterattack, ambushing the White army at the small town of Cerro Gordo on 18 April 1846. After losing 1200 men killed to the American’s 431, the Mexican leader withdrew his forces to defend Mexico City.

    American Domestic Dissension

    The protracted war was now causing dissension in the rest of America, with the issue being linked to slavery because of the involvement of Texas, and a strong anti-war movement started which severely hindered efforts to get the army properly resupplied. Nonetheless, many Whites volunteered in a new recruiting drive and by August 1847, the American army consisted of some 13,000 men, with about half of the original volunteers having either been killed, injured or having gone home upon the expiry of their one year contract period.


    The assault on the road to Mexico City was started on 20 August 1847, and the Mexican defenders, some 30,000 strong, were defeated in a series of initial battles outside Mexico City. Santa Anna retreated into the city itself, sending a message to the Americans asking for a truce of one year to discuss what he called the “preliminaries of peace”.

    Amazingly enough, the Americans believed him once again, and agreed to the armistice, although reducing the one year period substantially. Santa Anna had no intention of discussing anything with the gringos; instead he used the break in hostilities to build up his reserves and install new cannons and fortifications around Mexico City.

    The Americans soon became aware of the building plans, and, realizing that time was against them (the numbers in the American army were now down to 8,000 fit men, against a Mexican force of 18,000 and growing by the day), decided they had been tricked once too often.

    Above: 1847: The White American army enters Mexico City, ending the Mexican War.

    After two weeks of “truce” the White army attacked Mexico City itself. By 8 September, they had smashed their way into the heart of the city and the American flag flew over the capital of Mexico. The Mexicans surrendered and Santa Anna fled once again.

    Some 130 Whites were killed in the taking of Mexico City – the third time in that city’s history it had been invaded by a White army. The Mexicans were too disorganized to keep a record of their losses, but contemporary White estimates put the number of Mexican fatalities at 3000.

    The Treaty of Guadalupe Hidalgo

    The peace treaty which formally ended the war, was signed in February 1848, called the Treaty of Guadalupe Hidalgo. In terms of the settlement, the United States paid Mexico $15 million and agreed to pay out the claims for damages instituted by American citizens against Mexico (amounting to some $3.2 million), in return for the secession of half of Mexico’s claimed territory: this land would form the future US states of Arizona, California, Nevada, New Mexico, Texas, and Utah, as well as portions of the states of Colorado, Kansas, Oklahoma, and Wyoming. The defeated Mexicans had little choice but to agree.

    AMERICAN EXPANSION – From East to West

    In 1849, gold was discovered in California: this sparked off a new wave of White immigration to the territory, more than doubling the population in less than three years – from 90,000 in 1840 to 220,000 by 1852. By 1850, the state of California had officially been admitted as the 31st state of the United States of America.

    When added to the state of Oregon, the United States had once again doubled in size in less than two years, and now reached from the eastern coast of North America right across to the West Coast. Apart from one further purchase of territory from Mexico in 1854 (a part of southern Arizona) this expansion marked the end of the creation of the modern state of the United States of America: one that had been created exclusively from beginning to end through racial wars of conquest, first with the Amerinds and then with the non-White Mexicans.

  • i personally know for a fact that one of the people mentioned in this article is an illegal immigrant to this country.

    just saying…

  • Its a shame this bill didn’t pass. How can we continue to allow drug dealers and other criminals to easily obtain anonymous phones.