Gerardo "Jerry" Diaz, a renowned performer in the Mexican charro tradition, will be the featured entertainment at the 2013 Southwest Texas Junior College Rodeo.
Diaz will entertain nightly during the annual National Intercollegiate Rodeo Association event scheduled Oct. 3-5 at the Uvalde County Fairplex Arena.
A Charro is a skilled Mexican horsemen whose origins date back to the 17th century. Charros, who developed customs, dress, music and equestrian skills later borrowed by the American cowboy, dress in traditional costume and are skilled in horsemanship, bull riding, horse and steer roping and trick roping.
"Jerry's wife and son are also part of the show," SWTJC rodeo coach Roy Angermiller said. "They are great horsemen and put on a tremendous show. I know our fans are going to enjoy their performance."
Jerry Diaz is a fourth generation charro, continuing the traditions that originated with his great grandfather over 150 years ago. Diaz is recognized around the world for his expertise in horsemanship and his dedication to the Charro traditions.
Diaz is a director and lifetime member of the National Western Stock Show which features his productions, the Mexican Rodeo Extravaganza and the Evening of Dancing Horses.
In 2004 he was inducted to the Texas Trail of Fame, in 2005 he was inducted to the National Cowboys of Color Hall of Fame and in 2011 he was inducted to the Texas Cowboy Hall of Fame.
Diaz has been featured on Good Morning America, PBS's National Education Services and in numerous appearances on Telemundo and Univision. His talents and skills have been featured in the American Quarterhorse Journal, Time Magazine and Newsweek.
The Diaz family lives in New Braunfels where they operate Three Mile Creek Ranch, a 50-acre horse operation.
Nightly performance at the 51st Annual SWTJC Rodeo will begin at 7:30 on Thursday, Friday and Saturday, Oct. 3-5.
Tickets for the event are $8 pre-sale and $10 at the gate. Children 12 and under and current SWTJC students will be admitted free of charge. Pre-sale ticket outlets include Hondo National Bank, Oasis Outback, Rockin R, Texas Farm Store, Walmart, Country Gardens & Seed and the administration office at SWTJC.
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