Another official Fiesta San Antonio event we attended was “A Day in Old Mexico Charreada.” This was an exhibition, similar to a rodeo, which featured events with horses and cattle. (You can read more about charreadas in this Wikipedia article.) I did not understand the scoring or competitive points of the events, but I did enjoy immensely the pageantry, color, and skill of these riders.
We arrived early, so I spent a little time wandering around the back lots watching people get ready for the day’s events:
The event started with a grand entry, Mexican and US flags, and the singing of both nations’ national anthems. It was a touching tribute to the friendship between our two nations, I thought.
This event was an exhibition, giving the audience a taste of some of the parts of a truly competitive charreada. The men demonstrated their skill in controlling horses and cattle, roping, and riding. I particularly enjoyed the women’s (girls and women) precision equestrian events, the choreographed movements of the horses, the patterns, and the colorful and beautiful outfits. Here are some photos of the day: