"the young jinete who sat his horse before her"
Jinetes skirmish at the 1431 Battle of Higueruela
Creative Commons Attribution Share AlikeJinetes skirmish at the 1431 Battle of Higueruela - Credit: Ian Pitchford

The jinete was originally a Spanish light cavalry man armed with a javelin, sword and shield, designed for skirmishing and rapid manoeuvre. This troop type developed in the early Middle Ages in response to the massed light cavalry of the Moors during the Reconquista.

In modern Spanish usage, the term has come to mean someone who shows particular expertise in horse-riding, such as the vaquero or charro.