The Charreada is a competitive sporting event like you've never seen before! Horses fly with all fours off the ground. Lariats unfurl fast and far. The sound of mariachi music and the smell of churros frying at the food stands permeate the senses. The colors and the costumes alone are worth the price of entry.
Originally the "charreada" was developed in Old Mexico on the Spanish haciendas. It has been a part of Mexican culture since the colonial period. Today, the Charros (Mexican cowboys) and the Escaramuzas (Mexican horsewomen) are business professionals more than they are true cowboys. They gather together along with their families to honor the age-old tradition by competing in rodeo events on horseback and on foot. They wear brightly colored traditional clothing and use Mexican charro saddles and gear for their horses. The horses are well bred, fast and strong. It's a fun day to watch these expert horsemen and horsewomen compete and perform. And just for the record, I witnessed no inhumane treatment of animals and all humans ended the event unscathed.
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