Diaz To Dazzle National Horse Show With Charro Charm
FL November 20, 2003 Gerardo Diaz is a fourth generation
charro from San Antonio, Texas, who has demonstrated his horsemanship
and roping skills in every state in the continental U.S. except
Florida until now. Diaz is booked for three appearances at
the upcoming National Horse Show in Wellington, Florida. A renowned
and popular performer, Diaz has presented exhibitions at venues
ranging from the 1996 Atlanta Olympics to the Professional Rodeo
Circuit to the Economic Summit for world leaders. His appearance
at the National Horse Show marks his 179th performance this year.
In his one-man show, Diaz performs in traditional charro attire,
combining Mexican mariachi music and his precision roping maneuvers
with his horses skills in dancing, tricks, dressage, and reining.
The 120TH National Horse Show will be held November 26-30, 2003,
at the Palm Beach Polo Equestrian Club show grounds in Wellington,
was personally invited to appear in Florida by Gene Mische, who
enjoyed the charros performances at the recent Metropolitan
National Horse Show in New York City. Mische is a Director of the
National Horse Show Association of America, Ltd. and President of
Stadium Jumping Inc., the company that produces the Winter Equestrian
Festival as well as The National Horse Show in Wellington.
Diaz, 43, known as Jerry, is carrying on the Mexican
cowboy tradition that originated with his great-grandfather in Spain
and was carried on by his grandfather and father in Mexico. The
family now lives in New Braunfels, Texas, where they operate Three
Mile Creek Ranch, a 50-acre horse operation. We train them
for high school horses, which means dancing horses, trick horses,
reining horses, dressage horses, all combined, explains Jerry.
His 84-year-old father still rides and carries on the charro tradition
of handstitching Jerrys concho-encrusted saddles, which are
as much a part of the show as Jerrys charro attire. Based
on the military outfit worn in the Mexican revolution, the charro
outfit includes a 14-inch sombrero and silver-trimmed bolero jacket
and tight trousers. They are very, very beautiful outfits,
his Wellington performance, Diaz is bringing three horses: Cerrano,
a dark bay Andalusian stallion; Osado, a dapple gray Andalusian
stallion; and Grain of Gold, a golden palomino Quarter Horse gelding
that was Diazs mount for his 1996 Atlanta Olympics exhibition.
is especially proud of nine-year-old Cerrano. I bought him
when he was four. He was an abused horse and that was the only reason
I was able to get him, Diaz explains. You could hardly
put a halter on him, and five years later here we are performing
with him and taking him to shows. Hes a real special horse.
Hes taken a lot of extra work and now he has accomplished
a lot. In his performance hes very majestic. Hes very
up, hes very proud, he dances really beautifully, he marches,
he does a beautiful passage, he spins, he lays, he sits, he bows.
Hes a really nice horse.
dapple-gray stallion, Osado, is 10 years old and has been touring
with Diaz for three years. He is very animated. He does a
beautiful extended trot, notes Jerry. He marches beautifully
and he also lays, and sits, and bows. He has a really nice handle,
which means he has a nice rein, really nice control. Hes really
horses will also exhibit movements such as side pass, Spanish walk,
and pirouettes. For the finale of my show I do a 65-foot rope
around one of the stallions and take them into a full gallop around
the arena while I get the rope going at the same time. Its
very, very neat, Jerry grins. My rope artistry is not
trick roping and I like to describe it as rope maneuvering.
It is a very unique kind of rope called a maguey rope and is probably
one of the most difficult ropes to maneuver in the world.
will be a featured performer at the Childrens Fair scheduled
for Saturday, November 29, from 11am to 3pm. I absolutely
love working with children, Jerry says. I love working
with the kids one-on-one. I like to wear a wireless mike so I can
get them a little closer to me with the horses and get them involved.
The charro exhibition will also be featured at The National Horse
Shows Jumping Under The Stars event on Friday, November 28,
which begins at 7pm and the $100,000 AGA Championship Grand Prix
presented by Chesapeake Petroleum on Sunday, November 30.
age 12 and under are always free. General admission seating for
adults, Wednesday through Saturday (on Friday, there will be separate
day and evening tickets), will be $10/each, with Sunday priced at
$15/each; children over the age of 12 and seniors (65 and older)
will be $7/each. Diamond Horse Shoe Club and box seating information
and reservations can be obtained by calling (800) 237-8924 or the
Special Events office at (561) 753-3389.