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Central Texas Charreria - The rodeo tradition called charreada began in 16th century Spanish colonial Mexico as a celebration that marked the close of a major cattle round-up. Teams of cowboys, called charros, competed against each other in events of horsemanship and roping skills. The tradition continues today with more than 200 charreada teams in the US, 30 in Texas, preserving the technique and style of the historic Mexican charro. Teams compete each weekend in different homemade arenas, called lienzos. No cash prizes are awarded, just the respect of fellow charros. "Keep the money, keep the belt buckle, we just want the bragging rights," says Juan Gonzalez, President of the San Antonio Charro Association.