April 15, 2005

Bullfight World
By Lyn Sherwood

El Julito To Open Tijuana Season

Can you feel the anticipation, the sounds of buckets of beer, the cheers of the crowds, the plaza band, the abrazos, as long time aficionados greet one another for another season of bullfights in Tijuana.

Well, it’s all coming together, May 1, in Plaza El Toreo de Tijuana, when the first corrida de toros of the 2005 season will be celebrated. And, what a way to get the season underway. None other than Julian López “El Juli”, one of the highest paid matadores in the world, will head a card that will include José Maria Luevano and Israel Telles, facing a sextet of toros bravos from Barralva. The action begins at 4 p.m.

Meanwhile, across the pond, the spring fair in Spain’s most Spanish city, Sevilla, is underway.  According to correspondent Guillermo Cannon, the corrida of April 8 was dominated by El Cid.

“He knew how to put the muleta to his first, guiding the beast in long, long naturals, climaxed with breathtaking chest passes, to win two ears. 

With his second bull, he showed intense courage in dominating his bull and winning another pair of ears. He exited, on shoulders, through the Prince’s Gate,” wrote Cannon.

And, while the professionals prepare to vie for positions on the taurine ladder, amateur toreros from North America are, likewise, are preparing for the summer season along the frontiers.

The first amateur festival of the summer will be held, May 22, in Plaza Monumental de Reynosa, Tamaulipas, with an afternoon dedicated to Mario Carrión, marking the 50th anniversary of his receiving his professional doctorate of matadorship. The afternoon, which will be a benefit for the Ignacio Zaragoza and Evan Sámago’s López Mateos schools, will feature novillos of Gerardo Martinez.

To date, four well-known aficionados prácticos —Raúl Garza, Alfredo Martinez, Bruce Hutton, and Jim Verner— have committed to performing in the affair.  But, at least four other amateurs are expected to, likewise, participate. The taurine director will be Matador Longinos Mendoza. The animals for this event will cost the toreros $750, each. Then, from June 10-13, the annual convention of the International Association of Taurine affcionados will be celebrated at Fred Renk’s Plaza Santa Maria, in Santa Elena, Texas, and at Rancho Fandanguilla, the Ranch of Don Arturo Garcia, near Rio Grande City.

The festivities and becerros at the Plaza Santa Maria will feature plenty of food and beer. Then, on Saturday, a chartered bus will take the conventioneers to Rancho Fandanguilla, where aficionados prácticos will face eight brave toritos, which are being made available for only $500, each. Sunday will be open for visiting South Padre Island, or just hanging out at  Fred’s ranch.

“This is going to be an opportunity for aficionados of all catagories to test their skills in front of the horns. From the novice to the novillero, there will be an assortment of animals that fit every level of expertise. Assistance will be provided by skilled matadores,” said Renk.

Additional information concerning the convention is available by calling Fred Renk, at (956) 481-3300, or by e-mailing him at sunflwr@granderiver.net.

So, it’s summertime, my friends, and still another opportunity to enjoy a season of bullfights, along the frontiers. Bullfight World will keep readers up to date on bullfighting, throughout the world. Olé!

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