October 20, 2000
There can be no doubt in anybody's mind that the número uno rejoneador in the world is Pablo Hermosa de Mendoza. He made his Tijuana debut, last Sunday, winning the first tail ever granted to a rejoneador in this border town.
According to Mundo Tauri-no, facing bulls of Viuda de Ochoa, Hermosa de Mendoza alternated with Rafael Ortega and Uriel Moreno "El Zapata".
Hermosa de Mendoza won a singular ear for his first performance, but returned to be awarded ears and tail from his second bull, following a magnificent performance, capped by a perfect rejon de la muer-te.
Ortega won no awards, but El Zapata received two ears from his second bull. Zapata and the rejoneador left on shoulders through the main gate.
The next Tijuana action will be Oct. 29, when a herd from Manuel Macias will be presented to Javier Bernaldo, Victor Santos, and Enrique Espi-noza "El Cuate."
Pablo Hermosa de Mendo-za, along with Rafael Ortega and Federico Pizarro, performed in a nocturnal corrida, last Saturday, in Mexicali. Mendoza cut two ears from his first bull, while Ortega cut one ear from each of his bulls, and Pizarro received pitos for his first performance and was applauded for his second.
Enrique Ponce was the triunfador in Calanda (Teruel), having cut four ears, Oct. 12. Finito de Córdoba cut one ear from each of his Zalduendo bulls. Joselito was applauded for both of his performances, while Finito cut a pair from his second bull.
El Juli cut ears and tail and left on shoulders through the puerta grande, Oct. 12, during the Feria del Pilar in Zaragoza. It was the first tail cut in that prestigious plaza in some 22 years.
Trophies are not easily awarded in Zaragoza. For example, the only hoof cut in the history of the ring was in 1955, by Julio Aparicio.
"Balancín," a horse belonging to Rejoneador Leronardo Hernández, was killed during the Feria del Pilar. The magnificent equine lived only an hour after being gored in the intestines.
The event inspired a new tack by La Asociación Nacional para la Protección y el Bienestar de Los Animales (Spain's own version of PETA, People for the Ethical Treatment of Animals), calling for rejoneadores horses to wear padding similar to that of picadores.
This is one of the most ridiculous campaigns ever heard from the animal rightists. It comes on the heels of El Tribunal Superior de Justicia de Cataluña's nullifying a law that had been in effect since 1998, which had made it illegal for children under the age of 14 to attend corridas, unless accompanied by parents.
In the meantime "Fusilero," a rejoneo horse belonging to Pablo Hermosa de Mendoza, is on the mend, after suffering a goring in a lung.
A new bullfight academy is being established in Aguasca-lientes, Mexico. A spokesman for the city announced that preliminary steps have been taken to bring about the Academia Taurina Municipal.
Ciao for now, Lyn.