July 1, 2005

Bullfight World
By Lyn Sherwood

A Big Bullfight Weekend in Tijuana and Pamplona

Bullfight aficionados will be celebrating a big weekend, beginning Friday, July 10, in Plaza El Toreo de Tijuana. Not only are the toreros big time names, but the bulls are from first rate ranches. The whole affair will be in accord with the 116th anniversary of the city.

On Friday, beginning at 7 p.m., two rejoneadores and two matadores will be featured, facing bulls of Las Golondrinas. Gaston Santos Jr. and Eduardo Cuevas will compete from horseback, while César Castañeda and Juan Antonio Adame will perform in regular lídia.

Then, on Sunday, it will be a contest between experience and upcoming talent. Mexico’s most senior matador will compete with Mexico’s most promising newcomer. 

Beginning at 4 p.m., Rejoneador Gaston Santos Jr. will perform from horseback, while Eloy “The Little Giant” Cavazos and Alejandro Amaya will work from the ground with seven bulls of Fernando de la Mora.

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In Spain, all eyes will be on Pamplona for the annual Feria de San Fermín (July 5-14), and the morning bull runs (encierros) down the street. Every Spanish feria has its own personality, and that of Pamplona is one of non-stop drinking, dancing, parades, music, daily bullfights, and of course, the bull runs.

And, in south Texas, this weekend, Ganadero/Empresario Don Fred Renk will celebrate his 70th birthday with a day long Saturday fiesta at Plaza Santa Maria. The affair is expected to attract more than 100 people. A huge dinner is planned. Cows will be presented for those who are crazy enough to get into the ring with them. There will be mariachis and abundant beer.

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