Categoría: the bulls in English

Vicente Ruiz El Soro, a personal tribute.

Vicente Ruiz El Soro, a personal tribute. As with everyone who saw Vicente El Soro for the first time I was an instant fan. But I must admit I still had a lot to learn about toreo and was a fan of every torero. That summer I spent a week in Madrid, on my way to the feria in Málaga and came across a taurine magazine that had just commenced publishing. It was called Aplausos and it looked more like a newspaper than the glossy weekly we know it today. I noticed an announcement for the July feria in Valencia: Four corridas, a bullfight on horseback and two novilladas. It would run for seven days in a row. I had never been to a novillada before. The first time I saw El Soro was on a Saturday evening in July 1981. He was still a novillero and appeared with Bernardino Piriz novillos alongside Pepín Jiménez and Luis Miguel Campano. Both he and Jiménez—with whom he shared many afternoons—cut two ears and left through the main gate. A week later Vicente repeated this triumph and was again carried out of the ring. It was his third and last season as a novillero con picadores. When the season ended El Soro stood sixth in the ranking with 34 novilladas and 84 trophies. His career lasted twenty years, a large portion of...

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Marker on stained paper table-cover

Marker on stained paper table-cover remembering the Semana Cultural de Foios, 1991   One evening, as I sat in Tinto y Oro quietly browsing through a volume of Cossio, José Maria Aragón invited me to accompany him to Foios for the town’s annual taurine gala. According to its tourist information, Foios is ‘a typically agricultural Valencian municipality, whose gastronomy is rich in variety and quality of rice dishes’, so the invitation was gladly accepted. Foios is also the ancestral home of the Ruiz Soro family whose main members are maestro Vicente and his brothers, matador Antonio and Jaime a picador who acted in the cuadrillas of his brothers as well as those of maestros Luis Francisco Esplá, Vicente Barrera and Abellán. I had been to Foios some years before, on the eve of Antonio’s alternativa. My hosts had warmly called the event ‘an armpit dinner’ because of the delicious, home made bocadillos wrapped in aluminium foil. But I also remembered the large decorated venue and that beside the famous silver sandwiches, there were long tables with wine bottles, water jugs and plates with Spanish omelette, olives, and a fine selection of queso manchego and Serrano ham. It was a splendid party. Tonight was all about Emilio Muñoz who had been awarded the trophies for last year’s feria by the local peñas ‘Los Hermanos Soro’ and the ‘Peña Feminina’. Emilio...

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Apunte sobre mantel manchado

Apunte sobre mantel manchado Recuerdo de la Semana Cultural de Foios, 1991   Una tarde en Tinto y Oro, mientras hojeaba tranquilamente en un volumen de El Cossio, José Maria Aragón entró y me invito a acompañarle a Foios para presenciar su anual gala taurina. Según su información turística, Foios es ‘un municipio de la Comunidad Valenciana típicamente agrícola, cuya gastronomía es rica y variada, y la calidad de su arroz es extraordinaria’, por lo que acepté la invitación con mucho gusto. Foios también es el hogar ancestral de la familia Ruiz Soro, cuyos miembros principales son el maestro Vicente y sus hermanos, el matador Antonio y Jaime, un picador que actuó en las cuadrillas de sus hermanos, así como en las de los maestros Luis Francisco Esplá, Vicente Barrera y Miguel Abellán. Había estado en Foios unos años antes, en vísperas de la alternativa de Antonio. Mis anfitriones amablemente, habian llamado al evento ‘una cena de sobaquillo’ por los deliciosos bocatas caseras envueltos en papel de aluminio. Pero también recordé el amplio local decorado, y que junto a sus bocadillos plateados, había largas mesas con botellas de vino, jarras de agua y platos con tortilla española, aceitunas y una excelente selección de jamón serrano y de queso manchego. Fue una fiesta espléndida. Esa noche el protagonista era Emilio Muñoz, que había sido galardonado con los trofeos de las...

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An excellent evening in Chelva

An excellent evening in Chelva Four two-year olds from La Lucica (Teruel), a new ganaderia with Núñez del Cuvillo and Jandilla blood. For Clemente Jaume from the taurine school of Guadalajara, Germán Vidal ‘El Melli’ a student of tauromachy from El Puerto de Santamaria and two valencianos: Eloy Sánchez and García Romero. An excellent evening in Chelva (the journey from Valencia takes you through breathtaking landscapes) with great bulls, summer temperatures, a beautiful ancient village bullring with a more than excellent band accompanying the spectacle. For a young ganaderia making his second appearance on the taurine circuit, La Lucica couldn’t have sent four better examples. The two brown and two black novillos were great looking animals and the most noble and brave little bulls I have seen for years. It was a pity that – the rules forbid it – none of them could have left the arena alive. Of course in novilladas sin picadores neither weight or name was given but I managed to find out the name of the best one of all: number four, Mosquero. He gave up his ears and his tail to García Romero, a Valencian student of tauromachy already so advanced that no-one doubts his taurine future will be golden. But to start from the beginning. After a tractor pulling a steel H beam had egalized the floor we, the public (the arena...

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A wonderful day in Utiel

A wonderful day in Utiel Utiel, October 12 2019. Second of a series of novilladas sin picadores organized by the Valencian School of Tauromachy for the benefit of its students. Five lively novillos (two-year-old erales) from the ganaderia of La Palmosilla (based in Cádiz), the first two exceptionally well behaved, strong, noble and brave animals. The last three more complicated, especially for unexperienced young men, about to start their difficult career. Clemente Jaume, a student at the taurine school in Guadelajara received his bull with a series of veronicas to which the bull responded well. Novilleros number 2 and 3 also stepped in to try out the animal performing splendid quites of chicuelinas and veronicas respectively. A set of low left hand passes followed by a series of derechazos got Clemente’s faena going. This great little bull gave the novillero every chance to show off his taurine qualities. A pinchazo and an estocada got Clemente Jaume the ear. The second novillo – for Germán Vidal ‘El Melli’ – was an almost exact copy of the first. Great veronicas welcomed the animal in the ring and a good set of banderillas got him ready for the last act. The faena consisted of several low passes of great quality on both sides to which the bull reacted splendidly. A pinchazo was followed by an estocada and the president awarded the novillero...

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