Charros from Rancho El Carretero together with Escaramuza Las Zacatecanas showcase their  beautiful Mexican equestrian traditions at the Iowa Horse Fair, which will be held from April 6 to 8 at the Iowa State Fair field. Presentations by the Charros and Escaramuza will be on April 7 at 2pm and on April 8 at 1:45 pm. Escaramuza Las Zacatecanas Infantil (Children’s troup) will participate once again this year.

Juan Piña from Rancho El Carretero tells us that they have participated for around 7 years in the Iowa Horse Fair organized by the Iowa Horse Council.


“I am proud to present our culture and keep it alive in this country,” shared Mr. Piña. “We have children of 4 or 5 years of age and we see that they like to practice and that makes me feel that we are planting a small seed of our culture in them”

Mr. Piña added that one of the things that people like to see is the Escaramuzas with the female riders and their beautiful Mexican dresses riding “Side English Saddle”.

For Mr. Piña, it is very pleasant to share his culture with brothers, cousins ​​and all his family members, the Peña Rodríguez family, who are also part of these groups. “Rancho Carretero is like a piece of Mexico here in Iowa”

The Banda Perla del Sur will accompany them once again this year to liven up the presentations with their music. Mr. Piña invites everyone to come enjoy this presentation of our Mexican culture within the Iowa Horse Fair of the Iowa State Fairgrounds.


The Iowa Horse Fair is from April 6 to 8 at the Iowa State Fairgrounds located at 3000 E. Grand Avenue in Des Moines, IA. Admission is $ 10 per day per adult and children under 12 are free. The presentations of the Charros and Escaramuza will be on Saturday April 7 at 2pm and Sunday April 8 at 10 am and 1:45 pm.


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