Returning to Texas Onion Fest is the prized Azteca and Andalusian horses of Rancho Caballo de Pura Raza Azteca (formerly known as Mid Valley Stables) led by Sebastian Zarate and his team of charro riders. The horse shows will be featured on Saturday, March 27th, at 1 pm and 3 pm on the festival grounds at Weslaco City Park, located at 300 N. Airport Dr.
Zarate and his riders will be adorned in the traditional custom-made suede and wool charro attire and rabbit skin sombreros. The team prepares this special breed of horses to perform with precision and grace to traditional Mexican music.
“This year we will introduce two new horses who have never performed to the public. This will be their first time,” explains Zarate. These particular horse breeds begin training at four years old and are ready to perform at about age six. Four new riders are also making their first public appearance at the festival, including Leandro Padula, age 13.
This is the only festival in the Rio Grande Valley that provides such an event, an event that teaches and demonstrates the wonderful culture of our neighbor to the South, Mexico.
The dancing horse shows are a free attraction at the festival. Regular gate admission is $5 adults, $4 seniors, and $2 children all day Saturday. Purchase advance Saturday tickets at the Weslaco Chamber and save $1 off adult admission. Parking is free. For more information, call the Weslaco Chamber of Commerce at (956) 968-2102.