my my how times have changed. So Innocent yet so wrong!
thank you for the resources. I have heard of some of them in SASS I found the north south skirmish association fascinating Because it was actual shooting competition.Half Cocked,
Regarding the term, vaquero: Vaca is indeed the Spanish term for "cow." The suffix, "-ero" refers to "a person who makes, sells, or is in charge of" something. For example, libro means "book," and a librero is a "bookseller." Zapata means "shoe," so a zapatero is a "shoemaker." Therefore, a vaquero is one who works with cows. The hard "c" in vaca changes to "qu" in order to preserve the same phonetic characteristics (a voiceless velar stop, if you want to get technical). If you spelled it "Vacero" it would come out sounding like "va-SAIR-o."
Anyway, all of this discussion has been fun, and you need to know you are welcome here, but this forum is mainly concerned with shooting muzzleloaders in the time period prior to and including the War Between the States. It sounds as if your area and time period of interest is really later than that, in the western cowboy/vaquero/cattle drive era. You might feel more at home, and meet more kindred spirits, on some of the other forums. Nobody is "running you off"... I would daresay most of us visit multiple forums.
I would suggest stopping by the CAS City Forum. Browse through the different sub-headings and jump in, wherever it pleases you. You should find plenty of people with similar interests. Another might be the SASS Wire Forum, but this may be exclusively for members of the Single Action Shooting Society (SASS), so you might have to join the organization to participate in the forum. I'm not sure of that. In joining SASS, you also register your "alias." In their "Alias Look-Up" database, I found hyphenated Half-Cocked Carlos and Half-Cocked Joe, and non-hyphenated Half Cocked Cayuse and Half Cocked Curt, as well as a Half Cock Kaylee, but no plain old "Half Cock(ed)," so you may be able to register with the name, or "alias," which you have already chosen.
SASS is probably the biggest name in sponsoring competitive shooting with cowboy-style guns, but if you really want to develop a "persona" and use more authentic equipment, I would steer you toward the National Congress of Old West Shootists, or NCOWS, which has more of a reenactor-based focus.
Again, you are welcome here and nobody is trying to send you away. Its just that some of the other forums may be more in line with your area of interest, and should be worth a look.
Best of luck to you!