The Mexican Charro

Charro   A charro is the quintessential Mexican figure and charreria is the most traditional and national sport. Its origins are found in the countryside, where horses introduced by the Spaniards in the 16th century where rapidly adopted for a number of chores, while their riders dressed in a manner dictated by the climate and the environment. The traditional Mexican charro is known for the colorful clothing and participation on charreadas.   The decorative trappings of his steed and the rodeo-like stunts he performs are the elements that set him apart from the rest of the world’s equestrians. There are different categories of charro costume, they all have features in common. The jacket is short, so the rider does not sit on it, and its made of suede and drill cotton with solver buttons, when not worn for work. The pats, also of suede, drill, or denim-like fabric with optional silver ornaments down the outside of the leg, are tightly fitted down to where they cover the top of the foot and heel. Boots do not have laces and are of black or brown leather, or gray suede. The heel is straight in order to attach the spurs.   A charro’s hat is made of dark felt and timed with a band or string. It always has chinstrap. This costume is accessorized with the addition of a belt, vest, tie, cartridge belt, and sarape. Charreria is predominately a male sport; women perform in only one event, the skirmish where eight women cheerfully perform precision patterns while riding sidesaddle, often with musical accompaniment. You can watch the exhibitions in Cancun, Playa del Carmen and the Riviera Maya.