La Fiesta de Don Andres - Dancing Horses

Free shows April 22 - 23 with Spring Fair admission
Location: Paulhamus Arena

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Featuring Ramon Mejia and friend’s Dancing Horses, music, mariachi, Escaramusas and MC Adriana Perezchica. The graceful dancing horses will amaze all members of the family!

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The Charros and their Dancing Horses - History

Charro is a term referring to a traditional horseman from Mexico, originating in the central-western regions primarily in the state of Jalisco. The terms Vaquero and Ranchero (Cowboy and Rancher) are similar to the Charro but different in culture, etiquette, mannerism, clothing, tradition and social status.   The traditional Mexican charro is known for colorful clothing and participating in coleadero y charreada, a specific type of Mexican rodeo.  During the 1920’s the charros organized themselves to formThe Federación Mexicana de Charrería to preserve the customs and culture that were quickly disappearing following the breakup of the haciendas by the Mexican revolutionaries.

Charrería, officially the National Sport of Mexico, consists of a series of Mexican equestrian events rooted in the horsemanship brought over from Spain during their conquest of the New World. The most noted event is the charreada, or Mexican rodeo.  Both men and women are allowed to compete, wearing colorful costumes trimmed in silver studs. During intermissions, the horsemen make their mounts dance to a live Mariachi band, while vendors circulate in the stands selling refreshments and snacks.

Charros, or the horsemen who compete at charreadas, sometimes travel many miles for the competition. They usually start their training as small children (“charro-ism” is oftentimes a family tradition), and learn to perform rope tricks and fancy horsemanship on finely-trained steeds, along with bull riding, bronco riding, and steer roping. The charros say their sport is living history, an art form developed from actual skills of a life working on the ranch.

Charros also participate in local parades, and each year hold a place of honor in the country’s September 16 Independence Day parade. Charros are featured in the first few lines of the Mexican National Anthem, and are honored on Charro Day, September 14.

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