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International Charro Championship Coming to Puerto Vallarta

At the “Jalisco 2014” LXX National Charro Championship it was announced that Puerto Vallarta had been chosen to host the Fourth Annual International Charro Championships from January 29 through February first. The event will bring together the top 24 squads in the country.

The head of the organizing committee, Alfonso Bernal Romero, made the announcement to the press with the President of the Mexican Federation of Charreria, Miguel Angel Pacual Islas.

The event will be held at Arena Vallarta, just 20 minutes from the Puerto Vallarta International Airport. Romero commented on the advantages of Puerto Vallarta hosting the event, including its status as a leading tourist destination in Mexico and home to the second largest bay in the world, and its qualifications to be the host city for sporting events with past experience.

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“Poncho” Bernal said that teams confirmed are: Tamariz CYM, Charros de Huichapan, Santo Cristo, Three Foals, Charros de Cuauhtemoc, First Charros of the Pedregal, Regional of the Golden Villa, as well as to the Multi-champions Charros of Jalisco.

Charro is a term referring to a traditional horseman from Mexico, originating in the central-western regions primarily in the states of Jalisco,Zacatecas, Durango, Chihuahua, Aguascalientes, and Sinaloa. The Mexican 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. The charreada is the national sport in Mexico, and is regulated by the Federación Mexicana de Charrería.