The charreada itself consists of a number of scoring events staged in a particular order—nine for the men and one for the women. Two or more teams, called asociaciones, compete against each other. Teams can compete to become state, regional, and national champions. The competitors are judged by both style and execution. Unlike rodeos, most charreadas do not award money to the winners as charreadas are considered an amateur sport, not professional. Under Mexican laws it would be illegal to receive a monetary reward for participating in a charreada
1.- Cala de Caballo (Reining);
The charro puts his horse though various commands to demonstrate his ability and the horse's training.
2.- Piales en Lienzo (Heeling);
a horseman must throw a lariat, let a wild mare run through the loop catching it by the hind legs
3.- Colas en el Lienzo
, or Coleadero (Steer Tailing)
4.- Jineteo de Toro
5.- Terna en el Ruedo (Team Roping)
6.- Jineteo de Yegua (
Bareback on a wild mare)
7.- Manganas a Pie (
Forefooting) a charro on foot (pie) has three opportunities to rope a wild mare by its front legs and cause it to fall and roll once. The wild mare is chased around the ring by three mounted charros or hazers. Points are awarded for time and rope tricks as long as the horse is roped and brought down. Extra points are given for the tirón del ahorcado (hanged pull) in which the rope is around the charro's neck, like a noose, and he uses his body to cause the mare to fall and roll.
8.- Manganas a Caballo
or (Forefooting on Horseback); a charro on horseback has three opportunities to rope a wild mare by its front legs and cause it to fall and roll once. The wild mare is chased around the ring by three mounted charros.
9.- El Paso de la Muerte (The pass of death) a charro riding bareback, with reins, attempts to leap from his own horse to the bare back of a wild horse without reins and ride it until it stops bucking. The most dangerous part of this is if the charro performing the pass falls under three other mounted charros that are chasing the wild mare around the arena ring.
.- an event for teams of 8-12 women who perform precision equestrian displays riding sidesaddle and garbed in Adelita dress.