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3rd Annual “The Hands of Cantú: Horsemanship at the Pass of the North” set for Saturday

Compadres Therapy Inc. is hosting the 3rd annual presentation of “The Hands of Cantú: Horsemanship at the Pass of the North” in cooperation with the Tom Lea Institute.

The presentation is set for Saturday, October 28, 2017 at the Upper Valley Ranch on 6666 Morrill Road in El Paso. Admission to the event is free, and will feature interactive horse and fall-themed activities for all ages.

The event is inspired by Tom Lea’s 1964 novel, “The Hands of Cantú”, which tells the tale of an orphaned Spanish youth learning the art of horsemanship in the New World.

Illustration from the Hands of Cantu by Tom Lea 1964-1

Lea’s illustrations for this and other works of art, and the precision of his language in describing horse-training techniques emphasize his respect for the intelligence, majesty and physical strength of the horse.

Two talks are scheduled during the event.  At 10:00 AM,   Dr. Melissa Warak, Assistant Professor of Art History at UTEP and a faculty liaison to the Tom Lea Institute and the El Paso Museum of Art, will focus on “Tom Lea, Horses and Horsemanship”.

At 11:00 AM, Mr. John Hamilton, Director at the 1st Armored Division and Fort Bliss Museum will present “The History of the Cavalry and its Role in El Paso and at Fort Bliss.”

Compadres Therapy, Inc. is a non-profit organization providing Equine Assisted Activities and Therapy programs to individuals and families with special needs and to those who will benefit from the experience of the human-animal bond.”

For information on this and other Tom Lea Month events: email or call (915) 533-0048


Event:  The Hands of Cantu:  Horsemanship at the Pass of the North

Date:  Saturday, October 28, 2017

Time:  10:00 AM – 1:00 PM

Place:  Upper Valley Ranch, 6666 Morrill Road, El Paso, TX