Charros in Mexico

Charros in Mexico are the equivalent of the Cow Boys. They come from a long tradition and they are a live representation of Mexico. The charreada or rodeo is a national sport. Their colorful clothing and skills with horses and bulls are well known al

Charros in Mexico are the equivalent of the Cow Boys. They come from a long tradition and they are a live representation of Mexico. The "charreada" or rodeo is a national sport. Their colorful clothing and skills with horses and bulls are well known all over the country.

The Spanish were the first to bring horses to Mexico (and the whole continent) during the conquest. Over the time those horses became essential for the workers, mainly in big haciendas, while watching over the cows and bulls. Before the Mexican Revolution Mexican Charros, American, and Canadian cowboys participated in events throughout all three countries. After the revolution and the division of the haciendas, the Charros were facing the disappearance of their tradition and soon created a national association of Charros in the early 1920's. This association is the one which still rules their events nowadays.

Charros are widely known for their colorful costumes and large sombreros. Most of it is from Spanish origin. The riding jacket and breeches were adopted by the Mexican Charros who modified them adding artistic embroideries from the ones used in the city of Salamanca.

The spurs were gradually transformed into their present Mexican version and the leather overalls were simply a modified version of Spanish riding breeches. The "sarape" is derived from the Spanish shawl. Charro even inherited the Spanish sash, simply changing its name.

Charros meet in events called "charreadas". These meetings are similar to the rodeo events north of the border. They include bull tailing, bull riding, mare riding, three in the ring, and leaping from one horse to another. The female rodeo events are called "escaramuza", originated in the 1950's as an art and sport, bringing a touch of beauty to the rodeo world. We invite you to find out more about these shows when arriving at your destination in Mexico. It is a unique opportunity to watch the skills of those men.

Most of the charros are from the state of Jalisco and Hidalgo. Mariachis use the full costume of the Charros.