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  • La Garrocha
    19/10/2013
    La Garrocha

    History comes alive in the equestrian skill and grace of the traditional Iberian discipline of La Garrocha. La Garrocha shows the perfect harmony between the horse and rider. It has evolved from the times in the middle ages when Spanish Knights would joust with a lance. It is part of the vaquero’s training, and the rider must be able to communicate all of the m...

  • History of Bullfighting
    18/10/2013
    History of Bullfighting

    Spanish-style bull fighting is called a corrida de toros (literally a "running of bulls"). In traditional corrida, three toreros, also known as matadores, each fight two out of a total of six fighting bulls.  Each bull is at least four years old and weighs up to around 600 kg. Bullfighting traces its roots back to prehistoric bull worship and sacrifice...

  • The world was longing for the perfect horse - and so the Pura Raza Espanola was created.
    18/10/2013
    The world was longing for the perfect horse - and so the Pura Raza Espanola was created.

    The exact origins of the P.R.E. are not known. It has however been praised in writings dating back to Roman times, where authors like Varrus, Columela, Virgil, Plinly and others confirm in their texts the quality of the horses found in the region we call Spain today. They were used for war, and also for the various sports which were carried out in the Great Circuses of those...

  • Alta Escuela.
    18/10/2013
    Alta Escuela.

    Alta Escuela is the highest level of discipline for both rider and horse (Alta Escuela meaning "High School, or Highest Level").  This form of riding was created by Spanish royalty and utilised by the Spanish Military. This strict riding discipline lives on today and is practised at the Spanish Riding School of Vienna. Horses are to have a lively, spir...

  • Doma Vaquera - The traditional and beautiful working riding of Spain.
    10/10/2013
    Doma Vaquera - The traditional and beautiful working riding of Spain.

    The Doma Vaquera style of riding is wrapped in hundreds of years of history and Spanish tradition and enables the rider to carry out daily duties on his mount within a working cattle ranch. It was developed from the use of the horse for handling the fighting bulls of Spain. Modern Doma Vaquera competitions provide a challenging test for both horse and rider.  Th...