AQHA to pay tribute to Mexican horse-handling in new museum exhibition

Last Updated by Chip Chandler on
A charro prepares for his suertes, or events.
Photo by Jim Jennings

By Chip Chandler — Digital Content Producer

The history and culture of the charro, or skilled Mexican horseman, will be celebrated in a new exhibition opening Friday at the American Quarter Horse Hall of Fame & Museum.

Nacidos Charros: Born Charro will be on view through July 29 at the museum, 2601 E. Interstate 40.

"The charro is a skilled athlete in the art of horsemanship, and his preferred mount is the American Quarter Horse," said Craig Huffhines, American Quarter Horse Association executive vice-president. "We are thrilled to be able to bring this vibrant culture and spirit of the charro to the (museum)."

The Mexican horsemen carry on the tradition of la charreria, the art of horse-handling that's a way of life and a historical legacy of competitive skills and horsemanship, according to a news release.

The exhibition will explore the cultural traditions of the charro, including their horses, their tack, their clothing and their music. 

Museum hours are 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. Mondays through Saturdays.

Admission is free for AQHA members, or $7 for adults, $6 for seniors and $3 for children ages 6 to 18.

Thanks to a special offer through Visit Amarillo, visitors to this exhibition will get $1 off admission at Panhandle-Plains Historical Museum and Don Harrington Discovery Center with a receipt. All three entities are opening new exhibitions over the weekend; the offer is good through Feb. 5.

Call 806-376-5181.




Chip Chandler is a digital content producer for Panhandle PBS. He can be contacted at, at @chipchandler1 on Twitter and at on Facebook.

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