CHARRO JERRY DIAZ AND FAMILY, A Traditional Vaquero Equestrian Performance
The (new) Volland Arena next to The Volland Store, 24098 Volland Road, Alma, Kansas
Saturday, July 27, 2019
5:30 pm - Smokin’ Wille’s BBQ Food Truck, Mariachi Girasol de Topeka, and “Law of the Saddle” in the Volland Store gallery.
7:30 pm Performance by Jerry, Staci, and Nicolas Diaz, and their Spanish Andalusian horses, plus Glory, the Mini.
Details at thevollandstore.com. Free will offering.
The evening will begin at 5:30 pm with Smokin’ Wille’s BBQ and the music of Mariachi Girasol de Topeka. “Law of the Saddle (II)” by Fort Worth artist Linda Blackburn will be on exhibit in the gallery of The Volland Store, along with a few select saddles and other Western gear. Attendees are encouraged to bring lawn chairs and enjoy the afternoon shade before the show begins at 7:30. This will be the first performance in the Volland Arena, a new addition to the attractions at Volland, celebrating its heritage and its current culture of ranching.
GERARDO "JERRY" DIAZ, “Superior Horseman,” comes from the world of Mexican horsemanship and rodeo. A true charro, Diaz follows the grand tradition of his Mexican heritage. The charro's strict code of honor includes chivalry, high ethics, expert horsemanship and dedication to family and charro traditions. Jerry Diaz embodies all of these qualities. He is four times World Champion Charro and has earned the Federation of Charros' Golden Spur Award for his outstanding contributions and his commitment to the charro tradition.
A native of San Antonio, Texas, Diaz traces his charro roots back four generations. His father, Jose ''Pepe'' Diaz, is a charro and master horseman from Guadalajara, Jalisco, Mexico. José Diaz trained horses for the family of Mexican president Lazaro Cardenas.
Since beginning his career in the early 1980s, Jerry Diaz has performed his horsemanship skills & rope artistry around the country. Unaided by swivels or gimmicks, he spins the rope with ease while on foot, riding, or standing atop his horse. Jerry made a special appearance before US President George Bush and British Prime Minister Margaret Thatcher, and he performed at Madison Square Garden and at the Olympic Games in Atlanta.
Jerry Diaz now produces his own Mexican Rodeo Extravaganza. It is a show filled with pageantry and excitement and has been performed at Denver's famed National Western Stock Show, the San Antonio Stock Show, Fort Worth Stock Show and Rodeo, Houston Stock Show and Rodeo, the American Royal in Kansas City, Missouri, and many other rodeos across the country.
Showmanship runs in the Diaz family. After taking up residence in the United States, his father José “Pepe” Diaz, was featured in the Barnum & Bailey Circus. Jerry’s wife Staci is an accomplished horsewoman, known for her Roman riding skills. Their son Nicolas, a superb horseman, performs alongside both his parents in many of the productions they do as a family.
Jerry Diaz has appeared on PBS's National Education Services, ABC's “Good Morning America” and many episodes of Telemundo and Univision. He's been written up in the AQHA Journal, Time, and Newsweek. He was inducted into the Texas Trail of Fame, Cowboys of Color in Fort Worth, and Texas Cowboy Hall of Fame. Jerry is well known for his Superior Horsemanship skills. He and his family now reside in New Braunfels, Texas, on a horse ranch where they raise and train all their own show horses. He is a spokesperson for the Company HW Brand Heavy Duty Brown Lienzo Arena systems. For the past 23 years he has been a Purina Mills Influential and is now serving as an Ambassador.
STACI ANDERSON DIAZ has entertained audiences all across the U.S. She began performing in her Father’s Wild West Show when she was three years old.
As a third-generation performer and artist, she is known for her Roman Riding six-up team of horses. She also drives horses in tandem while standing atop the back team. She performs with dancing horses, does trick-riding, and has been a stunt double in several movies.
Staci is married to World Champion Charro Gerardo "Jerry" Diaz, and they have been performing together for 21 yrs. The have been married 19 years, on horseback of course, and have become a great team. They live in New Braunfels, Texas, and have a 15-year old son, Nicolas Adrian Diaz, who performs with them in their shows.
Staci rides Andalusian horses. The Andalusian horse, with its elegant long mane and tail, took its name from the steppes of southern Spain, the region where the Andalusian horse was developed. Bred for generations by the Carthusian monks of Spain to be powerful, weight-bearing horses for the Crown of Castile, the Andalusian is the horse used in the bull fight rings of Spain and Mexico.
NICOLAS ADRIAN DIAZ has been performing with his Mom & Dad since before he could walk. The son of Jerry & Staci Diaz has traveled to some of the most prestigious rodeos and horse shows in the country. He has performed at the Devon Horse Show in Pennsylvania, Ponoka Stampede in Canada, Denver National Western Stock Show, Houston Rodeo and Stock Show, Fort Worth Stock Show, San Antonio Rodeo and Stock Show, and others as well.
Nicolas is a 5thgeneration horseman, following in his parents’ footsteps. Carrying on the family tradition, Nicolas helps his father train the horses they ride in their performances across the country.
Nicolas performs a style of riding called Doma vaquera which evolved from everyday ranch work in Spain. Doma vaquera uses a long pole called a garrocha to sort cattle and to test their suitability for the bull ring. A cross between art and dressage, Doma vaquera has evolved into a competitive art form. It features the movement of the Andalusian horse, highlighting his lateral movement, power and impulsion.
Nicolas rides “Universo,” a pure Spanish Andalusian and demonstrates the art and movements of this special breed.
The performance by the Diaz Family is made possible with the generous support of Major Presenting Sponsors: Purina Area Dealers, Better Horses, Merck Animal Health, Standlee Premium Western Forage, ReeceNichols Real Estate, 2BarD Ranch (Geff and Dawn Dawson), Commerce Bank, The Volland Store Fund, and Mr. and Mrs. Lee Baty; and with the enthusiastic support of Sponsors: Kansas Horse Council, Mark and Sharon Simpson, and Supermart El Torito, Inc. of Topeka.
The Volland Store is A Place for Art and Community, 24098 Volland Road, Alma, KS. Driving directions at thevollandstore.com. Normal hours of operation are Saturdays and Sundays, 12 – 5 pm. Always open by appointment. 785-499-3616