FERIA DEL CABALLO, Jerez de la Frontera
Favorite thing: Jerez is well known for Horses and Sherry. It is Spain's capital for Horse breeding and a destination for horse-lovers from all over the world who meet here each year for the FERIA DEL CABALLO. It started in 1289 as a livestock market and has developed into a show of the most beautiful horses in Spain, some of which are Spanish Barbs, Friesians and Iberian crosses. Nobles and VIP's, their wives, children and families, parade through the fairgrounds until the wee hours of the morning.
One of the oldest and largest fairs in Andalucia The FAIR OF THE HORSE or Feria del Caballo, was held from May 7 to May 14 in Parque Gonzalez Hontoria, which is on Avenida Alcalde Alvara Domeque. The "Walk of Horses" is a show of grandeur as hundreds of horsemen of all ages parade with elegance through the fairgrounds..
I truly loved and enjoyed this " cultural experience". It is a celebration of all the things that Jerez is famous for and which Andalucians love - SHERRY - FLAMENCO - BULLFIGHTING and HORSES.
But what is even more important is that Hans and I got to share this experience with our dear friends Carmen and Stace & Andrew and Liz.
Favorite thing: Aristocratic -looking horsemen in broad-rimmed hats, tight black trousers and short jackets, astride their manicured mounts. The ladies, splendid in long, frilly flamenco dresses, sit side-saddled behind them. Even children are dressed in TRADITIONAL SPANISH COSTUME. The picture featured here is of one very sweet young man in the company of his grandmother and dressed in traditional Spanish costume. I saw him and thought he was so cute that I asked Grandmother if I could take a picture of him. Isn't he adorable!!
The "Feria Del Caballo" is celebrated at the PARQUE GONZALEZ HONTORIA.Constructed in 1902 to host the Fair, the fairgrounds are massive , with a total of 52,000 square metres of space to accommodate the spectacle in which hundreds of riders participate in this traditional Spanish Horse Festival.
Rows of "Casetas" or bars line the parade areas.