Categoría: the bulls in English

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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Another pleasant October evening in Valencia

Another pleasant October evening in Valencia Wednesday 9 October. Novillada picada. Six novillos from former matador José Luis Iniesta – alternativa in May 1998, Madrid, Las Ventas – well presented with an average weight of 450 kilo’s. The first three (including the substitute) extremely weak and falling over at every occasion. Novilleros: Fernando Plaza, new in this arena in a brick red suit and gold with white trimmings, José Fernando Molina from Albacete in dámasogonzález and gold and local novillero Miguel Senent Miguelito, who wore grana and gold. A lovely summer climate in October and two hours and forty minutes of interesting spectacle. Forget about Agualimpia, a nice little black bull who opened the ball. He was not too strong, had a shaven right horn and stumbled through his performance. Fernando Plaza could do nothing but one short series of right hand passes. Number two, Azucarero made it clear from the moment it entered the arena, he didn’t want to be there and very happily followed the oxen when they came to fetch him after a green flag from the president. Novillo 2B, called Estornino, went to the cape well but fell over twice after the picador’s pics. Molina tried, but his faena was very much affected by the weakness of the novillo. The novillada started with bull #3, Joyero, who reacted well to the cape, took two pics and...

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A summer novillada in October

A summer novillada in October Sunday October 6, Valencia’s plaza de toros, the first of four regional novilladas sin picadores organized by the Valencian School of Tauromachy. (Followed by Utiel, Chelva and Bocairent.) Seven erales supplied by the by now regular bull supplier to the Escuela, Antonio López Gibaja. Noble and brave little two-year-olds although some showed weakness in the front legs. For: Lucas Miñana – instead of David Lopez from Colmenar – (in black and silver), Mario Arruza (grana y oro), Borja Escudero (rioja and jet black), Juan Marin ( grana y oro), Javier Camps (black and gold), Eric Oliveira (grana y oro) and Julian Garibay – replacing the French novillera Anaïs – in a black suit with white embroidery. The plaza only half full, but a lovely midsummer evening in October. Miguelete. An easy novillo for Lucas Miñana, noble but weak. A porta gayola to receive the novillo and banderillas by the novillero, the last pair cut in half for effect. All placed in the rib cage. During the faena Miñana gave us some passes on both sides but the bull had too little strength to compete. A pinchazo and an estocada tendida got the bull down. An aviso sounded and I counted five fluttering handkerchiefs. Pidetodo for Mario Arruza. The last bullfighter of that surname I saw was in 1977 when Manolo replaced El Viti. Whether...

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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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