Los 3 Potrillos: An estate fit for a king

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Los 3 Potrillos, named after his three sons, is not only the house where he raised his family and watched his career grow, it is the place where he continued to personally receive the affection of his fans, saying he did so because he felt he owed them everything he achieved as an artist.

Located at Km. 20 of the Guadalajara-Chapala highway, Los 3 Potrillos is an estate of almost 1,000 acres and has been the Fernández Abarca family home since 1980. Because of Chente’s musical talent, his home has become a reference for tourists when traveling to Guadalajara.

Within the estate is his home, a restaurant of the same name, a clothing and souvenir store and a museum. The entire property, save for the private home, is open to the public and free of charge.

Years prior, when Fernández was home, people would line up for hours at the doors of the ranch so they could personally meet and take photos with him, and if they were lucky, they would get a private performance from the charro.

These meet and greets ended, however, due to security issues. Crowd control had become a problem and, because visiting his estate is always free of charge, many fans had dealt with scams from people at the gate charging an entrance fee.

When Fernández became ill, the number of fans who visited the ranch increased significantly. It was their way of expressing their support for the Fernández Abarca family — increase in sales at the store and the restaurant, and prolonged walks in the garden and patio where he would greet and sing to visitors.

On Monday, an hour after the mass had ended and the Fernández Abarca family held the private burial for “El Rey,” Alejandro Fernández, Chente’s most musical of sons, left the estate in his truck. As he drove away, he waved, blew kisses and made hugging gestures to the hundreds of fans that stood at the gates of the estate.

Vicente Fernandez

There, in the central garden of the ranch where state authorities gave the necessary permits to bury Fernández, a mausoleum will be erected for all to pay their respects, the family said.

Source: Union Gto

The Guadalajara Post