San Diego Charrerias Preserve Centuries Old Mexican Ranching Tradition
Across the country, dozens of charrerías offer spectators a glimpse at the living history of Mexico’s proud ranching culture.
These competitions allow participants to hone their skills, while giving members of the Mexican-American community a gathering place to celebrate a centuries-old tradition.
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Ramon Jara, captain of Charros Rancho La Laguna, told San Diego Union-Tribune reporter Andrea Lopez-Villafaña that taking part in the local charrerías means representing his Mexican heritage.
“When you dress up as a charro, you’re dressing up like Mexico," Jara said. "That’s important to me, because it means the values of the family, it means the value of being a good athlete, it means the value of being Mexican."
Lopez-Villafaña joined Midday Edition on Tuesday to discuss her story about San Diego's charrería culture.