Monday, June 27, 2016

On a visit to Nîmes

Nimeño II

At Arenes de Nîmes, the ancient bullring in the city of Nîmes in the south of France, you'll find this statue of the famous German born French bullfighter Christian Montcouquiol, "Nimeño II", who was severly injured by a #Miura bull at the bullring in Arles in 1989.  Unable to return to the bullring, he committed suicide in 1991 at the age of 37, and is buried nearby at Saint-audile de Nimes.

Arenes de Nîmes

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Tuesday, June 7, 2016

The matadors for Sanfermines 2016 have been announced!

Martes 5 de julio, a las 20:00. Novillos de “El Parralejo”, para Javier Marín, Luis David Adame y Andy Younes.

Miércoles 6 de julio: toros de El Capea, para los rejoneadores: Pablo Hermoso de Mendoza, Leonardo Hernández y Roberto Armendáriz.

Jueves 7 de julio: toros de Fuente Ymbro, para Miguel Abellán, Paco Ureña y Roca Rey.

Viernes 8 de julio: toros de Cebada Gago para Eugenio de Mora, Pepe Moral y Javier Jiménez.

Sábado 9 julio: toros de José Escolar para Francisco Marco, Juan Bautista y Alberto Aguilar.

Domingo 10 julio: toros de Pedraza de Yeltes para Curro Díaz, Iván Fandiño y Juan del Álamo.

Lunes 11 julio: toros de Jandilla para Diego Urdiales, Alejandro Talavante y López Simón.

Martes 12 julio: toros de Victoriano del Río para Juan José Padilla, Julián López “El Juli” y López Simón.

Padilla and the bull

Miércoles 13 julio: toros de Núñez del Cuvillo para Sebastián Castella, Miguel ängel Perera y Roca Rey.

Jueves 14 julio: toros de Miura para Rafaelillo, Dávila Miura y Manuel Escribano.

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Saturday, April 30, 2016

Feria del Toro de Pamplona Cartel 2016

The poster for the Feira del Toro 2016 has been announced by MECA, Casa de Misericorda de Pamplona.  They have selected a photograph by Pío Guerendiáin of the July 12, 2012, running of the Victoriano del Río bulls taken at the entrance to Calle Estafeta, "La Curva".

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Friday, April 22, 2016

The Official Poster for the Fiesta de San Fermín 2016 has been selected!

Now, we have to wait until MECA releases the cartel for the Feria del Toro, the Festival of the Bull.

There's still time to join us in Pamplona for the opening days of the fiesta and the Running of the Bulls!

Saturday, March 19, 2016

The Running of the Bulls, A Perilous History…

"Antioquio", "Castellano", "Semillero" and "Liebrero" are four of the most famous bulls in the history of the encierro, the running of the bulls, but they are not alone…
with thanks to our friends at

The history of the running of the bulls is both the story of the hundreds of brave runners who have risked their lives running between the lethal horns and the thousands of toros bravos, Spain’s magnificent fighting bulls, who have shared the narrow streets of Pamplona’s old quarter for more then 100 years.  Among these bulls are some, more than others, that deserve to be remembered because of the shear panic or unforgettable moments of fear they have created in their race into history in the Plaza de Toros de Pamplona.

A Torrestrella bull overtaking runners along Calle Estafeta, July 7, 2014

Just as some bulls are remembered for what happened when they faced such famous bullfighters as Joselito (José Gómez Ortega), who was fatally injured by ”Bailaor" in May 1920 in the bullring in Talavera de la Reina (Toledo), Ignacio Sánchez Mejías, matador, writer, friend of Federico García Lorca and brother-in-law of Joselito, who was gored to death at the age of 43 after coming out of retirement by the Ayala bull ”Granadino" in August of 1934 in Manzanares (Ciudad Real), and the legendary toreador Manolete (Manuel Laureano Rodríguez Sánchez), considered  by many as the greatest bullfighter of all time, who died at the age of 30 on the horns of the Miura bull ”Islero” in Linares (Jaén) in late August, 1947, the names of some of the fighting bulls in Pamplona’s famous running of the bulls continue to live on in the history of the encierro.

Perhaps the most famous of these bulls to date is “Antioquio”, a powerful fighting bull of the Guardiola Fantoni bull raising ranch, who charged into history on the morning of Sunday, July 13, 1980 after causing the death of two runners on the same morning, a dark cloud on an otherwise sunny day.  
José Antonio Sánchez, an experienced runner from Cintruénigo (Navarra) was the first to be fatally gored as he ran up the slope of Calle Santo Domingo.  José Antonio was about to enter the Town Hall Square when he was caught from behind by the charging bull.  The second runner to fall victim that morning, Vicente Risco from Badajoz (Extremadura), received several fatal gorings in the bullring in what was one of the longest and most tragic days in the long history of the encierro.

Friday, February 26, 2016

A Brief Chronicle Of The Running Of The Bulls

11 July 2015, José Escolar bulls in the Ayuntamiento, 4 gorings-photo by Rodrigo Sebastián Cabrera
With thanks in part to Luis del Campo and our friends at

There have been 16 deaths associated with the modern history of the running of the bulls beginning in 1910 with the death of a young man from Falces (Navarra) who had been injured on July 7, 1910, the first encierro of the fiesta, but who did not succumb to his injuries until mid-January 1911.  Although 16 fatalities in 105 years amounts to a small percentage compared to the number of runners in any one encierro (more people die every day falling in their bathrooms), they are also only a fraction of the number of serious injuries that occur durning a typical encierro.

Averages can be misleading, but in the last 35 years there have been a total of 262 goings requiring hospitalization (an average of one per day during the 8 days of the encierro), along with nearly 1200 serious injuries requiring more then a band-aid.  A host of other minor injuries have averaged 32 per day over that same period, keeping the medical teams along the route busy.

A goring doesn’t happen during every encierro, but, as in 2004, Jandilla bulls managed to gore eight runners while seriously injuring ten others in one run.  On July 10, 2009, a Jandilla bull named “Capuchino” caused the death of the 16th person to die during the encierros, Daniel Jimeno, a young man from Alcalá de Henares (and Pamplona), at the end of Telefónica.  And just last year another Jandilla bull gored three runners during the first, and one of the fastest, encierros on record.  The breed will be returning this year.  

In 1988 a Cebada Gago bull named “Doloroso II” managed to gore six runners along the route, with the Cebada Gago bulls adding seven more gorings to their record set in 1999.  The Torrestrella bulls managed six goings during their encierro in 2001, matching what they did in 1994.

On July 12, 2007, a bull named “Universal”, from the Marqués de Domecq breed, gored six runners, beginning on Santo Domingo, severely goring a Pamplonica in front of the city hall before catching two American brothers as they ran down Estafeta (forgetting to look behind them as they ran together).  Then there was the runner from Mexico that he caught trying to hide in a doorway.  Finally, it caught up with a Norwegian trying to climb the fence on Telefónica, goring him in the back of the knee to finish his day.

The Miura bulls, the largest, and some of the quickest fighting bulls, gored five runners during their 2009 appearance.

Click here to read the chroncile of the 16 tragic events in the modern history of the running of the bulls in Pamplona.

Sunday, February 21, 2016

When “The Sun Also Rises” over the streets of Pamplona

At 8:00 am the morning of July 7th, when the first rocket explodes in the sky above the Ayuntamiento de Pamplona announcing the start of the first encierro, the running of the bulls, the bright morning sun will momentarily blinds runners standing in the town hall square near the top of Santo Domingo awaiting the onslaught of the six charging bulls and six massive steers racing up the steep cobblestone street from the corral at the bottom of the slope.  It will be a tense moment for those unfamiliar with what is about to happen.
On this day in 2015 the Jandilla bulls set a fast, thrilling, and very dangerous pace, seriously injuring 11 runners along the way, finishing the encierro with three gorings, the first occurring on Calle Santo Domingo.  It was the first time the Jandilla bulls had more then two gorings in less then 3 minutes (2 min. 23 sec.), and the 5th time there were 3 or more gorings on the opening day.  It was also one of the fastest runs for the Jandilla bulls in their 16 appearances in the Fiesta de San Fermín.  Will they repeat it in 2016?