May 20, 2005

Bullfight World
By Lyn Sherwood


Notitas From Here and There

There has been a minor change in the May 29th corrida de toros, in Plaza El Toreo de Tijuana. The change: the entire card.

Rather than Cavazos, Arruza, and Amaya, the card now features bulls of Fernando de la Mora for Jorge Gutierrez, José Luis Angelino, and Juan Carlos Adame.

Angelino is known only to his immediate family. Adame is an up-and-comer who has been impressing aficionados in the interiors. The torero of greatest interest is Jorge Gutierrez, one of Mexico’s most senior matadores and also one of the best and most classical.

Gutierrez recently recorded a great afternoon, during the Feria de San Marcos, in Aguas-calientes, when he was awarded ears and tail from his Santa Barbara bull.

The bulls of Fernando de la Mora will also be an attraction, for the ranch has been producing some very strong, brave toros.

Other announced dates in Tijuana are July 3, 10, and 31.

The Wednesday, June 1 meeting of the Peña Taurina Los Aficionados de Los Angeles will feature brave bull breeder Don Hernando Limón Martinez, who will address the group, concerning the breeding of toros bravos.

The meeting will be held at El Paseo Inn Restaurant, on Olvera Street. A no-host dinner will begin at 5 p.m., with the meeting commencing at 6 p.m. Additional information is available by calling Jimee Petrich, at (310) 474-0188.

The club, the second oldest in the United States, will host the 2006 convention of the National Association of Taurine Clubs (USA), in Aguascalientes, during the April-May Feria de San Marcos.

The sixth annual Tijuana Taurine Summit, a luncheon meeting of California taurine clubs, will be celebrated on Sunday, July 3. More details will be made available, as they are announced.

The 2005 season is getting underway with a series of bloodless bullfights in Artesia. On Saturday, May 28, at 5:30 p.m., there will be a card of Portuguese and California rejoneadores. Featured will be Vitor Rebeiro, of Portugal, and Joseph Correia, of California. The Forcados Artesia Amadores, of Southern California, will also be featur-ed. The bulls will be from Candido Cosa.  Admission is $20.

On Monday, Aug. 1, at 6 p.m., Artesia will celebrate another bloodless affair, featuring Mexican Rejoneador Rodrigo Santos and Novillero Mario Miguel, of Portugal.

The Spanish season is under way, with the annual Feria de San Isidro being celebrated in Madrid.  As always, the feria is generating plenty of controversy, concerning particular matadores, especially El Cid.

One of the oldest plazas de toros in Spain is that of Santa Cruz de Mudela, which was constructed in 1645 and remodeled in 1984.

The fifth convention of the International Association of Taurine Aficionados will be celebrated June 10-13, in Texas and Mexico. Honored will be aficionado Eddie Cohn.

The highlight of the convention will be a festival, featuring some of the world’s most outstanding amateur toreros, at Rancho Fandanguillo, of Don Arturo Garcia. The festival will feature Jim Verner, who will face two bulls; David Moss, of Hollywood; Pedro Pinson, of Mexico City; Mario Orlando, of Los Angeles; Robert Wel-don; Rafael Cortéz; and J.L. Orozco. The card is subject to last minute changes.

Additional information is available by calling Fred Renk, at (956) 481-3300, or by emailing him at

Matador Mario Carrion will be honored with a bullfight festival, to mark the 50th anniversary of his alternativa, May 29, with well-known amateur toreros, performing in Plaza Monumental de Reynosa.

Aficionado Dr. Wayne G. Pearce, of Felton, CA., is currently offering a series of videotapes of bullfights from Spain and Mexico. Additional information is available by calling Dr. Pearce, at (831) 335-7561.

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