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A Taste of Spain – Jerez de la Frontera Horse Fair 2013

Feria del Caballo Jerez de la Frontera 2013

 

The Feria del Caballo Horse Fair in Jerez de la Frontera started on May 6th and ended on May 12th 2013 attracting over a million visitors from all over the of the world.

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Its ancient origins of a livestock market date back to 1284. Over the years it evolved into today’s conglomerate of festivities. Among the different events, mention should be made of the equestrian contests and competitions, and of the marquees set up in González de Hontoria Park, adorning its avenues and paths with flowers and garlands over the course of the fair.

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During the mornings of the fair there are different horse related activities such as high school or classical dressage, carriage competitions, international show-jumping competitions, vaulting, select livestock exhibitions and auctions. The most important performance of the Jerez Horse Fair is the “ Dancing Andalusian (Purebred Spanish Horses (PRE) ” by the Royal Equestrian School of Art.

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The majority of the activities of the Horse Fair take place in the Gonzalez de Hontoria park. The Park fills with beautifully decorated carriages, horses and riders dressed in Andalusian costumes (short-jacketed suits) that participate in the parade. The park also becomes home to many “ Casetas “ sponsored by various associations, local businesses and families.  “ Casetas “ are structures that range from small tents to large pavilions that serve food that ranges from tapas to restaurant food, and different drinks especially traditional Sherry. Each tent decorated with its own theme takes part in the competition.

Until the early hours of the morning people eat, drink and dance Sevillanas, rumbas and other traditional dances. The park seems to be transformed into one big Flamenco fair.

It’s the ultimate Spanish show !