Ride Around the World takes you on a spectacular journey through Argentina, British Columbia, Chile, Mexico, Morocco, Spain and Texas to experience the life of past and present-day cowboys, vaqueros, gauchos and baqueaños–all part of a single global horse culture.
Travel the vast landscapes and open skies on a ride through spectacular locations only the giant screen can provide. The film traces the 1,500-year global evolution of the horse-and-cattle culture as it spread from its earliest beginnings in Morocco and Spain to every corner of the New World. The historical perspective is juxtaposed with various scenes from a working ranch in today’s West Texas, as the viewer experiences a day in the life of the modern-day cowboy.
The parallel historical storyline shows how the evolution of this culture would shaped how entire societies live, speak, dress and eat, the music they listen to, the stories they tell, the ideals they hold to; the very fabric of their lives.
Beginning twelve hundred years ago, Moorish horsemen conquered Spain by matching their light, fast, endurance- bred desert horses with new types of saddles, stirrups and bits to create a control system that was revolutionary. Spanish cattle herders in Extremadura repeated the winning combination by mixing the Moroccan horse with their native breeds, and fashioning their own versions of the Moorish tack and riding system. The first “cowboy,” the vaquero, was born.
Extremaduran vaqueros became Spain’s conquistadores, who brought their culture to Veracruz, Mexico where vaqueros and charros developed roping and the cowboy’s signature gear. From Mexico, the trail leads to South America, to join Argentine gauchos as they heard horses through the marshes and rivers of watery Corrientes province. This thrilling, fast-paced horse sequence continues in Chilean Patagonia, with baqueaños who gather their herds from the icy slopes of the Torres del Paine. The story also travels northward through the Western U.S. and Canada to British Columbia.
OmniDome show times for Ride Around the World are Mondays, 2:35 and 4:55 p.m.; Tuesdays – Fridays, 10:30 a.m., 12:15, 2:35, and 4:55 p.m.; Saturdays, 10:30 a.m., 12:15, 2:35, 4:55 and 6:15 p.m.; and Sundays, 12:15, 2:35, 4:55, and 6:15 p.m.
Tickets are $8.25 for adults (13-64) and $6.75 for seniors (65+) and children (3-12) plus tax. Combo rates including Omniplex Science Museum exhibit admission are also available.
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