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home : arts & entertainment : arts & entertainment May 26, 2018

4/17/2018 6:41:00 PM
Charro will thrill rodeo audience

Sisters Rodeo proudly presents Tomas Garcilazo, a Mexican charro, as the 2018 Sisters Rodeo Specialty Act. The three-time PRCA Specialty Act of the Year performs "La Charreria," a skilled routine of Mexican tradition in horsemanship and roping skills.

The Mexico City native was raised to be a charro in Mexico's national sport. He is a third-generation rider and trainer in a family that spends a lifetime in training, performing and competing in a spectacular demonstration that requires demanding focus from both the horseman and his mount.

Dressed in historic attire, Garcilazo will put on a display of what is commonly known as "high school maneuvers" to show off the athletic ability and disciplined responses of his horse. He rides quarter horses that have the classic long manes and tails that are part of the La Charreria tradition.

The team of horse and rider execute intricate maneuvers, demonstrating a trust between the rider and horse that is easily recognized when they perform. It is a display of extreme self-discipline, patience and commitment. With the addition of maguey rope artistry, the performance brings audiences to their feet, cheering in appreciation of such inspiring skills from the man and his horse.

With a legacy of performances throughout Europe, Canada, the United States and Mexico, Garcilazo has also performed at the White House and Kennedy Center. He was part of the Wild West Show in Paris and the Buffalo Bill Wild West Show in the Netherlands and Germany for many years.

At National Finals Rodeo, Garcilazo's awards as Specialty Act of the Year in 2007, 2012 and 2013 have been received with loud acclamation for his professionalism and entertainment value to rodeos across the nation.

By reputation, he is at the top of the list of Mexico's La Charreria performers over the past two decades.

Garcilazo will entertain at all five rodeo performances, including Xtreme Bulls.

Sisters Rodeo will begin June 6 with Xtreme Bulls followed by four rodeo performances June 8-10. For tickets and information, call the ticket hotline at 541-549-0121 or 1-800-827-7522, or visit the ticket office at 220 W. Cascade Ave. in Sisters. For information visit

Correction: Sisters Rodeo poster is a collaboration of artwork by Dyrk Godby and graphics by Dennis Schmidling. There was no other artist involved in the production. The poster is also available at Sisters Gallery & Frame Shop in Sisters. 

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