Categoría: the bulls in English

It could have been

It could have been It could have been a novillada to remember on May 11, 2019. The animals from Montealto looked fine in the enchiqueramiento. Perhaps a bit too heavy, with heads that would not have looked odd on a four year old bull but in general, we left the corrales satisfied with the result of the sorteo. At six thirty the three novilleros of the evening lined up and started their march across the sand. Coming towards me on their way to salute the president were Adrien Salenc, a 22-year old Frenchman from Nimes in a fire engine-red suit with gold trimmings who made his debut three years ago. On the left went Marcos Pérez Hernández, a novillero born in Madrid in 1995 and who calls himself ‘Marcos’. The color of his suit was a pale blue with silver. In between the two and dressed in a cyclamen colored suit trimmed with gold, came the young Valencian Borja Collado, the triunfador of the novilladas in this year’s Fallas feria and the obvious star of the evening. It could have been a novillada to remember, the weather was soft like an early summer evening and the arena was pleasantly filled to half of its capacity. Maybe if I had taken my notebook. But I forgot and I can’t remember much of this novillada. I remember the first two novillos,...

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The tragic story of Tragabuches

The tragic story of Tragabuches – The year is 1790. In Arcos de la Frontera lives a young gypsy. He is ten years old, his name is José Ulloa Navarro but he is better known as Tragabuches. The boy wants to be a bullfighter and leaves his hometown to travel to Ronda where he joins the famous bullfighting school of Pedro Romero. Romero recognizes his great talent but hates gypsies and therefore recommends him to his brother José. – The first story tells us of a contract that Gaspár Romero, a banderillero in the cuadrilla of his brother Pedro, has signed with the plaza de toros of Salamanca. Gaspár asks Tragabuches to accompany him with the prospect that, in the arena of the ancient university town, he will promote him to matador de toros. – After a long journey the Romero brothers, their father Juan and their entourage finally arrive at the arena. The people are in an uproar. The famous Romeros are in town! Imagine: the best matadors of the country have come to Salamanca! For the occasion twelve specially picked bulls await them in the stables at the back of the arena. It promises to be an exciting evening! – A trumpet announces the start of the procesion and the group solemnly moves across the sand. When the first bull is in the ring Gaspár hands José...

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Wednesday 19 March 1986,

Wednesday 19 March 1986, Plaza de toros Valencia. Five Montavo bulls and one substitute from María del Cármen Camacho for José María ‘Manzanares’, Luis Francisco Esplá and Manuel Montoliú. (photo by the author)   It was a day of anticipation. At five in the afternoon on the day of Saint Joseph, the most revered day of the Valencian calendar, the one date every Valencian bullfighter dreams of crossing the golden sand of the arena on Jativa Street, Manolo Montoliú, one of Spain’s best and well loved banderilleros was to appear in his local bullring as matador de toros. Taking his promotion at 32 in neighboring Castellón seventeen days earlier, he was considered old in the ranks of bullfighters. More so if one kept in mind that in two months time, the sixteen-year-old José Miguel Arroyo would be confirmed as a matador. But Montoliú wasn’t an ordinary torero. According to the late Zabala in ABC: “He took the road to his doctorate by way of the old paths of classical apprenticeship.”   After first considering a safe career in banking, he decides to follow in his father’s footsteps and in 1973 makes his debut as a novillero in the Catalan tourist bullring of San Feliú de Guixols. Not long after, the young novillero comes to the arena of Valencia. Seven difficult years follow, in which he travels from one village...

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Valencia, 15 March 2019.

Valencia, 15 March 2019. I have an arrangement. I use a pass to get into the plaza, but this pass doesn’t always mean I will have a seat. For most events I’ll find an empty spot in the cheaper concrete rows in the tendidos and sometimes, when the bullring is sold out, I sit on the stairs. But tonight I sit in a new accomodation, in a narrow, corridor-like passage with wide polished stone steps leading down to the wooden barrier that separates the public from the arena. It’s an unnumbred no-man’s land hidden away in Sombra in the leftover space next to the expensive seats with comfortable backs and metal arm rests. This afternoon at five, Jesús Chover (who once called himself Jesús de Valencia), a 28-year-old local lad, will be promoted to full matador de toros and the line-up is extraordinary. Heading the bill is Julian López Escobar, “El Juli,” one of Spain’s former miracle boys, the wunderkind, the ‘niño prodigio’ who was fighting calves as young as four and who made his debut as a killer of bulls in Mexico at 15 to dodge the minimum age in Spain. He took his alternativa at the age of 16 in the French bullring of Nîmes. El Juli will be the padrino of the ceremony. To Chover’s right-hand side stands the witness: Andrés Roca Rey, the Peruvian, born...

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Victory for Tellez in a cold novillada.

Victory for Tellez in a cold novillada. March 11, first novillada with pics of Fallas Feria 2019. Novillos from Guadajira from Badajoz. A quarter of plaza filled. For: Juan Cervera, former student of the Valencia School of Tauromachy. Contemporary of Román and Jesús Chover. Born in Valencia, October 6 1992. Debut picadores: 9 March 2010 in Castellon. Debut in Sevilla: 16 May 2010, Angel Téllez Gómez-Marcot. Born on June 6 1998 in Madrid, a former student of the El Juli School of Bullfighting. Debut with picadores: 27 May, 2017, Puerto de Santa Maria and Francisco de Manuel. Born: June 5, 2000 Madrid. Debut with picadores: 27 August 2000 in Collado Mediano (Madrid).   Cervera wore a classical ‘grana y oro’ suit, as did Francisco de Manuel, although some may think the red in the color of his suit was ‘fuchsia or maybe magenta. Angel Tellez wore a ‘purisima’ and gold suit, the blue used by Titian in his portrait of the Mother and Child.   First bull. ‘Casiempuja’, 475 kilos who protested at the cape of an aspiring young man, not born to be a bullfighter. It was too much of a bull for the novilllero without control over the complicated animal. Second bull. ‘Loquillo’. 495 kilos. A novillo that quieted down after running round the arena and encountering both picadores. A series of Veronicas by De Manuel followed...

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