Audio slideshow: Cowgirls in Colombia

Villavicencio, Colombia is not exactly a tourist magnet. Apart from a heavy military and police presence which goes back to the time when left-wing Farc rebels controlled large swathes of this eastern area, there is not much to see in this town of 400,000.

For years now, it has been trying to reinvent itself as "the gateway to the Colombian plains" and as part of its rebranding, it has been hosting the annual Cowgirl World Championships.

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Recorded and photographed by Vanessa Buschschluter. Slideshow production by Phil Coomes. Published 2 April 2010.

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