Charreada coming to Truckee rodeo arena |

Charreada coming to Truckee rodeo arena

Last summer, some Truckee residents were disappointed that plans fell through to hold a charreada at the Truckee rodeo arena.

Fans of the Mexican-style rodeo can now look forward to July, after the Truckee-Donner Recreation and Park District on Thursday agreed to change its leasing policy and allow the event to be held this summer at the district’s McIver Arena.

Last spring, a group of citizens and business owners approached the recreation district to inquire about the use of the district’s outdoor arena, which hosts the annual Truckee Championship Rodeo and other equestrian events.

Because of scheduling conflicts, the district’s directors were unable to meet the request.

At Thursday’s board meeting, however, the directors said they had agreed to accommodate the requests of several new equestrian groups, including the charreada sponsors and the Sierra Equestrian Club.

“As far as the district is concerned, we have dates set aside for them,” said board Chairman Marshall Lewis.

In order to grant the requests, the board agreed to alter its leasing policy and not to sign another five-year lease with the Truckee Donner Horsemen. Rather, the district will operate the arena on a yearly basis, similar to how it manages other rental facilities, Lewis said.

He said because interest in the arena space has grown in recent years, the purpose of the policy change was to better accommodate the requests made by various equestrian groups.

“It’s a new era and we need to take a new approach to managing the facility,” Lewis said Friday by phone.

Rusty Pauli, a spokesman for the Truckee Charreada Organizing Committee, said he was pleased to hear the Mexican cultural event will be included in the arena’s summer line-up. The charreada features elegant costumes, ethnic cuisine, traditional music, and a display of Mexican-style equestrian skills, Pauli said.

“It’s predominantly about the music and the performance of the charros,” Pauli said, referring to Mexican cowboys. “We hope to draw around 2,000 to 3,000 people from all over the area.”

Also at Thursday’s meeting, board members discussed the possibility of partnering with the new Sierra Equestrian Club to offer an open-enrollment riding class through the district.

“It would be a new and exciting program that will hopefully come together,” Lewis said. “We are moving forward with plans.”

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