Categoría: the bulls in English

July 1990-July 2020 ,Thirty years Poncismo

July 1990-July 2020 Thirty years Poncismo On Saturday July 28, after a lunch with the medical staff of the bullring I went back to Tinto y Oro for my daily siesta. Although it began sunny, the day had become overcast and now it looked like rain and a thunderstorm threatened to burst. But the weather wasn’t the least of our worries. Some evenings earlier, during the traditional ‘desencajonada’, one of the animals from the Galache ranch, after being released from his travelling crate, had gone berserk, killed one of his brothers and injured two other. Upon learning that three Galache bulls had been taken out by the vets (well one was dead wasn’t it?) the empresa got four animals from Martin Berrocal’s El Toril. And because they had left it so late, he could only get them four five year-olds. When told about the change, first matador Roberto Dominguez  bluntly refused to face them arguing that he was medically unfit and hadn’t been able to get up in the morning and that his ‘Santander knee’ had locked. A medical certificate was promptly produced and presented. Second on the bill was Vicente Ruiz El Soro who apparently had done the same thing. He also argued that his bad leg had gotten worse and hastily required the necessary document from his personal physician in Madrid who sent it to Valencia by...

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Alternativa de El Soro II

Alternativa de El Soro II The six good looking bulls came from the grazing fields of the Antonio Arribas ranch and were probably handpicked. His brother Vicente agreed to be his sponsor, the other, Jaime, would be his picador. José Miguel Arroyo Joselito replaced the young Litri (an old injury made it impossible for him to attend) and Federíco Navalón El Jaro, one of the best silver toreros at the time, took care of the banderillas on the ceremonial bull. This alternativa should have taken place four months earlier – it was suspended due to five days of uninterrupted...

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El Niño de las Monjas

El Niño de las Monjas Jordi Pérez Presencia was born in the Valencian village of Carlet in 2000 where he lived and grew up until the age of 11 when dire domestic circumstances forced the local social services to place him and his two siblings in the care of the Hogar San José de la Montaña, an orphanage in the capital run by nuns of the order of Las Madres de los Desemparados. It was in these devout surroundings that he was able to develop his passion for bullfighting. Encouraged by Mother Elisa, a great admirer of Antonio Ordoñez, he was admitted to the Escuela de Tauromaquia of Valencia and soon after made his first public appearance dressed in lights. I remember first seeing him in 2018 in the Valencian bullring with five other young hopefuls. Looking back at my notes of that evening I see I wrote the word ‘entrega’, (dedication) next to his name, as a comment on the way he confronted his two-year-old bulls. It was something I also noticed on the two other evenings I saw him torear. Jordi Pérez was a dedicated young torero. And I remember seeing a white cloud of nuns in the stands, passionately waving their white handkerchiefs to make sure their pupil was well awarded for his efforts. At the beginning of his career Jordi was announced as plain Jordi...

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The talented Manuel Granero (on the 98th anniversary of his death)

The talented Manuel Granero (on the 98th anniversary of his death) On the 29th of June 1920, a young matador is introduced to the Madrid bullring. His name is Manuel Granero Valls. He’s a prodigy from Valencia and many bullfighting enthusiasts already consider him to be the heir to the throne, left empty by the fatal goring of Joselito ‘El Gallo’ in the plaza de toros of Talavera de la Reina. Some years earlier the future looked different. A photograph shows a nine-year-old Granero on the day his mother took him to the Conservatorio de Musica. Under his arm he clutches his proudest possession and it won’t be long before his teachers realise that this youngster has a great musical talent. In the words of his conservatory director: “No doubt Manuel will be a virtuoso violinist. Very soon he’ll play sonatas by Mozart, Schubert and Beethoven.” But Manuel is from El Pilar, a neighbourhood famous for its toreros and the applause and the glittering costumes also attract the young music student. At the age of 14 and calling himself ‘Granadito’, he makes his official appearance in the plaza de toros of Valencia. The next day, one of the local newspapers records: “The boy possesses an astounding serenity and is a natural in handling the cape as well as the red cloth. His taurine skills are exceptional!” In May 1922 Manuel...

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Remembering Manolo Montoliú

Remembering Manolo Montoliú      The first day of May 2020, marks the twenty-eighth anniversary of the death of Manolo Montoliú, one of the greatest Valencian banderilleros of the second half of the 20th century. Montoliú died on the horns of Cubatisto in the Maestranza of Sevilla. I had watched him many times and admired his skill. Over the years, the heir of Enrique Berenguer, “Blanquet,” Alfredo David, and his master Paco Honrubia, improved his art and expanded his knowledge of the unpredic-table nature of bulls. Throughout his career, novice matadors as well as veterans came to depend on him and were honored and excited to have him by their side. “You should approach a bull very calmly and concentrate on the moment he chooses to charge” he always said. Six weeks before his death, on March 19, 1992, the day of San José and an important day in the taurine calendar, Valencia saw Montoliú perform for the last time –  in the cuadrilla of his friend, matador José María Manza-nares. The first bull was a Peralta. It was weak and although two pairs of banderillas had already been placed, and against the will of the matador, the president called for a third pair. Manolo gave a little shrug and took up his tools. The scene that followed was unforgettable. With both sticks in his right hand the master...

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