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Arena Vallarta to Host 7th Int'l Charro Championships

January 17, 2018

Don't miss the Séptimo Campeonato Internacional Charro Centenario Puerto Vallarta 2018, scheduled to be held at Arena Vallarta from February 1st through 4th. (Photography by Larry Bennett, Aspen Photo Art Gallery)

Puerto Vallarta, Jalisco, Mexico - From February 1st through 4th 2018, 20 of the best Charro teams in Mexico and 10 from the United States will gather at Arena Vallarta to compete in the Séptimo Campeonato Internacional Charro Centenario Puerto Vallarta 2018 (7th International Charro Championship Puerto Vallarta Centennial Edition).

The centuries-old tradition of Charrería brings together working skills, training and discipline, horsemanship, music and dance, and symbolic reenactment of Mexican values and customs. Like its rodeo cousin in the U.S., Charrería turns cattle farming skills into competitive stunts. Contending teams show off techniques of jumping through the air onto wild mares, riding bucking broncos and bringing down rampaging bulls with lassos.

This year's tournament will feature a children's team for the first time, and the return of skirmishes, with 16 teams competing.

In addition to 4 days of hot rodeo action, festivities include the traditional Verbena de Tradiciones Mexicanas, at Los Arcos del Malecón in downtown Puerto Vallarta on January 31, where you'll enjoy free live music and dance performances, lasso demonstrations and other activities.

7th International Charro Championship Schedule of Events

Wednesday, January 31st
8:30 pm - Verbena de Tradiciones Mexicanas, (Traditional Mexican Street Party) at Los Arcos de Malecón in downtown Puerto Vallarta, featuring Mariachi Internacional Real de América, Xiutla Folkloric Ballet, Rope Flourishing demonstrations, and lots of family fun.

Thursday, February 1st

12:00 pm – Mass in the Hacienda Serena chapel
1:30 pm – Opening ceremony

2:00 pm – First Charreada, featuring:
Hacienda Serena, Jalisco
Hacienda de Triana, Jalisco
Valle de Anahuac LPC. MEX
Rancho La Biznaga, State of Mexico
Skirmish: "Las Coritas," Nayarit

5:00 pm - Second Charreada, featuring:
Charros de la Herradura, Cal. USA
Rancho San Antonio, Jalisco
Charros Metropolitana Equipo Oro, MEX
Tequila Don Roberto, Jalisco
Children's Skirmish: "Tuitán B" Queretaro
"Artesanas de Rancho El Exilio," Michoacan

8:00 pm - Third Charreada, featuring:
Camperos del Valle de Nochistlán, Cal, USA
Norteños de Houston, Texas, USA
Charros CEM, Hidalgo
Charros RG2, San Luis Potosi
Skirmish: El Renacer, Puebla
Skirmish: "Santa Paula," Jalisco

Friday, February 2nd

11:30 am - Fourth Charreada, featuring:
"Hacienda de Guadalupe B," Nuevo León
Rancho Santo Cristo, Cohauila
Dorados de California, USA
Rancho Las Cuatas, Nayarit
Skirmish: "Alteñitas de Guadalajara," Jalisco (4 Time Arena Vallarta Champions)
Skirmish: "El Porvenir," Jalisco (National Champions 2017)
"Taiyari," Aguascalientes

3:00 pm - Fifth Charreada, featuring:
"Hacienda de Guadalupe A," Nuevo León
La Necedad, Puebla
Cuauhtémoc JM, Nuevo León
Puente de Camotlán, Nayarit
Skirmish: "Villa Roatán," State of Mexico
Skirmish: "Rancho Los Olivos," Jalisco

6:30 pm - Sixth Charreada, featuring:
Hacienda de la Villa, California, USA
Chicon Rojo, Tabasco
Montaña Negra, Jalisco
Rancho Hennesy, California, USA
Skirmish: "El Trébol," Jalisco
Skirmish: "Sovilo," Jalisco

11:00 pm - The Traditional Maleconeada (Charro parade) starts at Hotel Rosita and follows the Malecón to the Zoo Bar in downtown Puerto Vallarta.

Saturday, February 3rd

12:00 pm - Seventh Charreada, featuring:
Hacienda Vieja "A," Jalisco
Tres Regalos "A," Quintana Roo
Rancho El Pitayo, Queretaro
Rancho San Martín, Jalisco
Skirmish: "Escuela Mun. Tlajomulco," Jal.
Skirmish: "Charras Unidas," California, USA

3:30 pm - Eighth Charreada, featuring:
Hacienda de Triana, Zacatecas
Tres Ases Villa Oro, Queretaro
Tres Potrillos, Jalisco
Rancho El Quevedeño, Nayarit
Skirmish: Alteñitas de Guadalajara "B," Jalisco
Skirmish "El Herradero," Jalisco

7:00 pm - Ninth Charreada, featuring:
Rancho Agua Santa, Jalisco
Rancho El Jalisciense, Cal. USA
Hacienda 56, Nevada, USA
Orgullo Zacatecano, Tracy, California, USA
Skirmish: "Charra Tuitán," Zacatecas
Skirmish "La Concha," Michoacan

10:30 pm - Gran "Jaripeo" - Live Music by "Roberto Junior y Su Bandeño" with the participation of "Ganadería El Principio."

Sunday, February 4th

12:00 pm - Mass in the Hacienda Serena Chapel
Mariachi "Internacional Real de América"

1:00 pm - First Grand Final, featuring:
Teams 4, 5 and 6
Skirmish: "Cihualpilli," Jalisco
Skirmish: "La Guadalupana," Tabasco

4:30 pm - Second Grand Final, featuring:
Teams 1, 2 and 3
Skirmish: "Villa Oro," Queretaro
Skirmish: "Xapoxil," Jalisco
Skirmish: "India Uacori Lagos de Moreno" Jal.

8:30 pm - Awards and New Car Raffle
Charro Championship Closing Ceremony

Make plans now to attend the 7th International Charro Championships Puerto Vallarta Centennial Edition. With daily competitions and traditional events, this is the perfect way to enjoy the "real" Mexico and its traditions.

Entrance fees are just $100 pesos a day on Thursday & Friday. On Saturday and Sunday the $150 ticket price includes musical performances. Children under the age of 10 accompanied by paying adults get in free. As a thank you to attendees, your ticket to Sunday's double final automatically enters you into a raffle for a late model car to be given away during the awards ceremony.

Tickets are on sale now at, or can be purchased at the Arena Vallarta box office on the day(s) of the event.

Located in El Colorado, just 20 minutes from the Puerto Vallarta International Airport, Arena Vallarta is handicap accessible ultra-modern facility that boasts seating for 8 thousand spectators, public rest rooms, a 600 car parking lot, a commercial area, and stables for the horses. Click HERE for map.