Categoría: the bulls in English

Two legs not welcome

Two legs not welcome Corrida de rejones. Day of Saint Joseph, 19 March 2018, 11.30. Valencia  ( Spain ) Bulls from Femin Bohorquez, for Andy Cartagena (still recovering from a broken right arm) cut one ear and took a lap of honor. Sergio Galvan (one ear and two ears). The third was Lea Vicens, a French amazone, who took a lap of honor after her first performance and cut the two ears off her last bull. She and Sergio Galan went out on shoulders with the mayoral of the farm. The bullring was full but not sold out. Weather fine, clouded and sunny. Rain is expected for the corrida, later in the afternoon at five. There is another bull spectacle you can come across in a bullring. It is called ‘la corrida de rejones’, bullfighting on horseback. And although a corrida was originally performed by noblemen on horseback, this type of bullfight was only ‘re-introduced’ in the 1920’s by a formidable rider from Cordoba called Antonio Cañero. He combined his knowledge of dressage with the riding skill of farmhands when they drive bulls from their pastures or test young calves in the fields. It is now an extremely popular spectacle. Like a corrida on foot, a ‘corrida de rejones’ is divided into three parts: First, the horseman, who sometimes uses a long pole to attract its attention, tests the...

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Ponce and Lopez Simon go through the Main Gate

Ponce and Lopez Simon go through the Main Gate Corrida de toros, sunday March 18. Valencia ( Spain ) A line-up for every taste. First matador Enrique Ponce (after going out on shoulders last night) takes the place of Cayetano who is suffering from an injury to his left hand and cannot take part. Second place is for Miguel Angel Perera, a welcome guest to the Valencian ferias and a matador who has already shown his profesionalism in many ways. Specifically with the Fuente Ymbro bull ‘Harinero’ (Fallas 2006). Third matador Alberto López Simón is also of great interest to the Valencian afición. Like Perera in 2006, Lopez Simón spared the life of the last bull in the Fallas series of 2017, ‘Pasmoso’, from Domingo Hernandez, a 532 kilo colorado bull with the eyes of a partridge. The bulls today are from Juan Pedro Domecq, carrying the old Duke of Veragua’s colors red and white and his brand, the crowned shield with a V. Ponce in an ivory suit, Perera wore bottle green and Lopez Simon chose a pink suit of lights. All three with gold trimmings. Weights of the bulls: 531, 538 (rejected for falling over) first sobrero: 535 (rejected for falling over) 590, 536, 544 and 583 (second sobrero from Parlade). The wind blewduring the day but died down and it turned into a soft spring evening....

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Main Gate or Infirmary Door

Main Gate or Infirmary Door Corrida de toros. Fifth of the Fallas festejos. March 17.00. Cold, overcast day. Maestro Enrique Ponce leads the paseillo with Alejandro Talavante. Paco Ureña, the third name on the cartel, is the matador I will especially be looking forward to. He returns after his amazing encounter here in July of last year and later was garlanded in almost every feria. The emotional but fragile toreo of the young man from Lorca (Murcia) is a refreshing change to the somewhat mechanical toreo we see too much of. I am not a great fan of Talavante’s toreo and Enrique Ponce is a torero with a career of 28 years whose intelligence, his taurine knowledge and his grace has enchanted many people although I must admit Ponce can also bore my socks off. Bulls from Garcigrande/Domingo Hernandez, colours red and white/and blue. Weights of the bulls 539, 534, 534, 540, 545 and 553 kilos. Ponce in a mole-grey suit, Talavante in bright red and Ureña in white and gold. A clouded sky after a rainy afternoon. It stayed dry throughout the corrida. A sold out plaza saw me once again take refuge in the press box. I never thought I’d say this but after a career of 28 years astonishing the people with his taurine intelligence, Enrique Ponce has become a torero of habits, who bases his...

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The arrogance of youth

The arrogance of youth Feria de Las Fallas, Friday, March 16. Corrida de toros from Nuñez de Cuvillo. The only first category ranch that doesn’t belong to the mighty Unión de Criadores de Toros de Lidia. Frenchman Sebastián Castella (Beziers 1983, alt. Beziers 2000), José Maria Dols Samper ‘Manzanares’ (Alicante 1982, alt. Alicante 2003) and Andrés Roca Rey, the fearless, some say reckless young Peruvian (Lima 1996, alt. Nimes 2015) who is shooting up the rankings with breakneck speed. He knows Valencia expects a lot of him as he triumphed in all of his visits to the Coso de Monleón, going out on shoulders on three occasions last year. It looks like I will be sitting on the steps tonight, as the sign of No Hay Billetes has gone up. Luckily I made it to the press box on the first floor and had a glorious front row seat. Weight of the bulls: 537, 535, (541 rejected) 531, 534, 532 and 542. Castella in pale blue and gold, Mazanares bright red and gold while Andrés Roca Rey wore a grass-green suit with gold trimmings. Lovely cool spring weather. Had it not been for the young Peruvian, the evening would have been different and had it not been for Rosito, the smallest bull Nuñez del Cuvillo sent to Valencia, Roca Rey would not have triumphed. But, had the bull Lanzafuego not been...

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Vivero gets the band playing

Vivero gets the band playing Third corrida de toros. Thursday, March 15. Toros from Fuente Ymbro, founded in 1996 and probably the most successful branch of the Domecq (Jandilla) bloodline. Color of its divisa: Green and its distinctive brand, the cross covered Gallardo G. Matadores: Juan Bautista (born Jean Baptiste Jalabert in Nimes, the taurine capital of France. Alternativa: Nimes 1999 ) with two young matadors: Sevillian Daniel Luque and José Garrido, from Badajóz. Bautista is a matador whose style I would not describe as spectacular. In my view southerners Luque and Garrido are the ones to watch. Luque took his alternativa in 2007. Tomas Garrido won the prestigious Final of the Certamen Internacional in Malaga in 2012 and took his alternativa in 2015. Both showed great promise at the beginning of their careers but have now come to a point where it is vital to triumph. As the Spaniard says: “Ojala”. No news yet on who is to take Román’s place on Monday Gallardo’s bulls were a disgrace. All were weak and either lost their footing or stumbled or rolled over. If I follow my notes, the first animal weighed almost six hundred kilos, looked like those bisons you can see in the caves of Altamira and lost its feet as soon as it entered the bullring. It stumbled during the tercio de varas, it stumbled through the...

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