2019 Binational Pancho Villa Cavalcade of Horses


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Rally Dates March 6th thru 10th 2019
Location Pancho Villa State Park, Columbus, NM - Website - Google Map - Park Map
Wagon Masters Ed and Christa Whitney
Head Wranglers AC and Dorothy Wood
Rally fee $16 per adult; children free. Deadline is Feb. 15th; no refunds after Feb. 22nd.
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Limitation Limit of 20 rigs for the rally. Please sign up quickly if you don’t want to end up on a wait list!

Con mucho gusto, after popular demand you are invited to once again join your 4CU compadres for the BPVC19 rally at Pancho Villa State Park in Columbus, NM just 4 miles north of the Mexico United States border. The rally coincides with an annual local event, the Binational Pancho Villa Cavalcade of Horses Extravaganza which occurs every March in Columbus NM, and neighboring Las Palomas Mexico. The Cavalcade begins in Mexico where several hundred riders comprising the Cabalgata (Cavalry) ride to Las Palomas, and then on to Columbus NM. Some travel for a week or more to be rewarded with celebrations in both Las Palomas and Columbus. (see itinerary for more details)

As is the rally tradition we will congregate and use the south end of the park for our rally. The adjacent group shelter has been reserved for our exclusive use on March 7th , 8th, and 9th. Most sites have both water and electric and there is a dump station in the park. This year’s venue provides for a four or five-night stay with early and late arrivals being acceptable. Word of caution though, we expect this to be an EXTREMELY BUSY time for Pancho Villa State Park. Camp sites will be in high demand so getting there early is HIGHLY ENCOURAGED. Later arrivals may have to do some dry camping due to limited site availability.

If you require an electrical hook up and have not already done so contact the park now and attempt to reserve a site. Unfortunately, all of these were reserved when I checked site reservations earlier this week. (The park has 6 reserveable sites, any member who has a reserved site will NOT be included in the 20-rig limit. ) Since space is limited in the park, we find it necessary to limit participation to 20 rigs. Please sign up quickly as registrations will be accepted on a first come, first served basis. (Registering for the rally does NOT guarantee you will have a site with electricity and water. All but the 6 reserveable sites are first come first served period.) A wait list will be established as soon as the 20-rig limit is achieved.

We are planning the rally to start on Wednesday March 6th with early arrivals on Tuesday March 5th. Based on our experience’s in 2018 a few attendees had to set up at water only sites, and a couple had to dry camp. Essentially the park was full as of mid-day on Wednesday. The Park Rangers allowed us to dry camp behind the south shower facility and along the East and South access roads. We assume that will be the case in 2019.

You are responsible for your own camping fees of $14 per night for hook up sites, and $10 for dry camping. Upon arrival at the park please stop and pick up a payment envelope at either the entrance kiosk or payment station in front of the south shower facility and proceed to the area of the west of the south group shelter. Dorothy, Christa, AC and Ed will be checking in arrivals and providing any last minute need to know type information. If necessary, you may want to first empty your holding tanks. The dump station is in the middle of the park illustrated on the center, left part of the park map below sites 8, 9, and 10.

For PV State Park newbies, most of the sites have Ramadas. Interesting fact is that their placement on the site, in reference to the location of your actual Airstream hook ups may require you to park your AS with your door on the opposite side of the Ramada. Essentially the park hook ups, orientation wise are “bass ackwards” from what you would normally expect, especially on the east and west sides of the park. It’s a bit of an inconvenience but does not present a safety issue. If your preference is to have the AS door face the Ramada than a long water hose and electrical cord extension can easily resolve the issue.

This is a WBCCI rally. WBCCI members are welcome to attend. Non-Member Airstream owners may attend as guests by contacting the rally hosts to make arrangements.

The Wagon Masters and Head Wranglers are asking for some rally support/help with a call out for volunteers to:

  • Bring a bottle of wine, vodka or tequila to share at our happy hours in lieu of a snack, sweets, or appetizer. Traditionally, while alcohol is common and totally acceptable at 4CU rallies, the unit cannot provide alcohol as a matter of potential liability. Consequently, any alcohol made available to attendees should be privately donated rather than provided by the unit. (see daily agenda for more details)
  • Bring some firewood.
  • Start campfires on the 7th, 8th, and 9th (Dependent on weather and interest)
  • Help serve continental breakfast, ensuring things go smoothly and that food and beverages are available as necessary. (7th, 8th, and 9th)
  • Clean up after the Happy Hour’s, and 4CU dinner.
  • Volunteer’s are asked to sign up on registration form. smily

The attached press hyperlinks provide additional festival information regarding the event. Note that the information and pictures provided in these articles reflects what happened for the 2018 and 2017 Cavalcades.

Other Activities

In addition to the Cavalcade festivities there are some other great things to do during your stay in Columbus. The following are provided as examples/suggestions for places you may want to explore. smily

Interested in some wine tasting, check out one or more of the local wineries.
WINERY DIRECTORY: Deming NM Wineries

Others have told us this is a great gem show, with everything from rough rock to finished jewelry for sale. It just so happens it is open from March 7th -10th.
Deming Gem and Mineral Show: Show Info

The local museum in Deming is a must see for those of you who have not been there before. Warning there is a lot to take in and you can easily spend 4 or 5 hours and NOT see everything. Check out the Highlights in the hyperlink for additional information and directions.
DEMING MUSEUM: Deming Luna Mimbres Museum

For those of you wondering what you possibly will do with any spare time you have on your hands, the PV State Park has an outstanding museum celebrating the United States response to Pancho Villa’s raid on Columbus.
Pancho Villa State Park (select URL in lower right part of page): Friends Group

And if you are hungry for some great, authentic Mexican food, and am unable to attend the Buffet Dinner on Wednesday, there is always Irma’s in beautiful downtown Columbus.
REAL MEXICAN FOOD: Irma's

Rally Schedule

Tuesday March 5th

  • With early arrivals and Set-Up in South end of the park. Please stop and pick up a payment envelope at either the park entrance kiosk or payment station adjacent to the south shower facility and proceed to the area west of the south group shelter to check in with Wagon Masters/Head Wranglers prior to proceeding to your camp site.

Wednesday March 6th

  • Rally Begins – Arrivals and Set-Up in South end of the park. Please stop and pick up a payment envelope at either the park entrance kiosk or payment station adjacent to the south shower facility and proceed to the area west of the south group shelter to check in with Wagon Masters/Head Wranglers prior to proceeding to your camp site.
  • Rest, look up your old friends or make new ones, and prepare for the remainder of the rally.
  • Optional Dinner Buffet at Irma’s in Columbus NM. Buffet contingent upon a minimum of 20 people signing up via registration form. Please acknowledge via the registration form if you will/won’t be attending. If less than 20 sign up than participants may be required to order off the menu. (Cost for buffet in October 2018 was $14.00/person) Restaurant parking lot is limited in size so car/truck pooling is encouraged.

Thursday March 7th

  • 8:00 -9:30 AM: Continental Breakfast at the Group Shelter. Coffee, Juice, toasted bagels, along with butter, cream cheese, preserves and jelly. SOS will also be provided as a special entrée! smily Yum…….
  • Use the day to explore Pancho Villa State Park, Columbus, or visit the Deming Museum or one or more of the wineries in Deming
  • 5:30 PM: Happy Hour and Munching time at the Group Shelter. Please bring your favorite hearty appetizer, or sweets to share along with table service and beverage of choice. The hosts are asking that a few members bring a bottle of wine, vodka or tequila to share in lieu of an appetizer. Bloody/Virgin Mary, and Margarita fixings will be available and provided by the 4CU smily
  • Evening, following Happy Hour:
    • Fire Circle based on weather and group interest.
    • Games; TBD.

Friday March 8th

  • 8:00 -9:30 AM: Continental Breakfast at the Group Shelter. Coffee, Juice, toasted bagels along with butter, cream cheese, preserves and jelly.
  • 10:00 AM: The Columbus Historical Society will hold its annual Memorial Service at the Depot Museum at 10 AM in remembrance of the Americans whose lives were lost during the 1916 raid on Columbus. (MAY OR MAY NOT BE AVAILABLE IN 2019. MORE UPDATED INFORMATION WILL BE PROVIDED IN SUBSEQUENT RALLY UPDATES IF/WHEN IT BECOMES AVAILABLE)
  • 10:30 AM Optional Road trip to Las Palomas Mexico (remember your passports) There is a parking lot immediately adjacent to border (hop, skip and jump) and you can easily walk to the Pink Store a block or so down the road. In speaking to the PV Park Ranger, he mentioned the new border point of entry station is complete along with new parking facilities. In fact, the City of Columbus now has a lot, however there is a $5.00 per vehicle parking fee. In any event space is limited so truck/carpooling is recommended and encouraged.
    • Once there, participate in Las Palomas Cavalcade Celebrations
    • Visit Pink Store prior to lunch, enjoy one of their free Margaritas and shop till you drop. If you plan on doing some shopping, obtain a number at the counter upon entering the store and the staff will maintain a basket for your goodies that you can pay for when leaving the Pink Store after lunch
  • 12:00 PM Lunch at the Pink Store. Please acknowledge whether you will/won’t be attending on the registration form. Note: The wait staff is accustomed to generating separate checks that you can request when ordering your lunch.
  • 3:30 PM Nap Time
  • 5:30 PM: Happy Hour and snack time at the Group Shelter.  Please bring a snack, simply something to nibble on along with table service and beverage of choice.  As was the case on Thursday, the Wagon Masters & Head Wranglers are asking that a few members bring a bottle of wine, vodka or tequila to share in lieu of a snack. Bloody/Virgin Mary and Margarita fixings will be available and provided by the 4CU. smily
  • Evening Hours:
    • Games following Happy Hour and Snack Time, TBD.
    • Fire circle based on weather and group interest.

Saturday March 9th: “4CU Airstream Cavalcade of Cowboy’s and Cow Girl’s Day”. Please dress up in your best gear/clothes for Happy Hour as there will be prizes for the best dressed Cowboy and Cowgirl. smily YAHOO!

  • 8:00 -9:30 AM: Continental Breakfast at the Group Shelter. Coffee, Juice, toasted bagels along with butter, cream cheese, preserves and jelly.
  • 10:00-10:30 AM: The Village of Columbus Chamber of Commerce will welcome the annual Cabalgata (Cavalry) Binacional adjacent the train station and village plaza.  As a gesture of friendship between the people of Mexico and the United States, the horse riders from Mexico will be joined by American riders as they make the three-mile trek via US Highway 11, from Las Palomas, Mexico to Columbus, NM.  The riders are expected to arrive in Columbus around 10:30 AM and will join the festivities in the Village Plaza; including Folklorico Dancers, Mariachis, food vendors and much more!
  • Noonish on: The Friends of Pancho Villa State Park will host the 16th Annual Camp Furlong Day event at the park’s exhibit hall with special guest speakers providing historical presentations and slide-shows. An agenda of events will be provided in subsequent rally updates.
    • Questions?  Please feel free to contact the office at Pancho Villa State Park at 575-531-2711.
  • 4:00 PM: Nap time if you can fit it in smily
  • 5:00-6:00 PM: Happy Hour at Group Shelter. Assume there will be some leftover adult beverages from earlier festivities.
  • 6:00-6:30 PM; Wagon Masters & Head Wranglers will announce the selection of one man and woman Master of Ceremonies to facilitate the Judging for Best Cowboy and Cowgirl, directly preceding dinner. Prizes will be provided for the best dressed, most authentic award winners. smily
  • 6:30 PM: Combined 4CU Dinner and Happy Hour, meal main course provided by 4CU. This rally will feature Arizona-New Mexico Chile, Tamales Corn Bread, Hot Dogs and all the fix-in’s, e.g. onions, cheese, tortilla chips, etc... 4CU members are asked to bring sweets or deserts to share. Bowls, plates and eating utensils will also be made available.
  • Please plan on helping yourself to any leftovers on an as available, first come, first served basis. smily There will be no opportunity for leftovers since we will be breaking camp in the morning.
  • Evening: Fire Circle, and storytelling if the mood arises. Scarier the better………… Fire circle based on weather and group interest.

Sunday March 10th

  • Rally ends, adios amigos, hope to see you at one or more of 4CU’s Rally’s in 2019.