THE FAIR OF THE SPANISH HORSE IN JEREZ
08. - 15 May 2011
A "MUST" FOR ALL HORSE LOVERS
Every May sees the wonderful spectacle of the Jerez Horse Fair or Feria
de Caballo. Spain's world famous sherry producing town, Jerez de la Frontera, plays host to the most prestigious equine heritage event in the whole of Spain, and one of the most important in Europe.
It attracts many thousands of visitors
each year who come to witness the remarkable displays of horsemanship along with
the bullfights and exhibitions of Sevilliana (flamenco.)
Originally a cattle market the Jerez Horse Fair now has three distinct
branches. There are still the live stock and agricultural machinery
exhibitions, then there are the bullfighting and Sevilliana displays
which take place in Hontoria Park. Last but by no means least the
Horse Fair itself.
The daunting feats that the Spanish purebreds and the Andlusian thoroughbreds
perform are absolutely outstanding and the sheer quality of the displays quite remarkable.
It is an extremely packed programme consisting of purebred Arab and
Anglo-Arab in-hand classes, doma vaquera and doma classica - known as
cowboy and classical dressage respectively along with show jumping and vaulting.
However the highlight of the Jerez Horse Fair is undoubtedly the "Como
Bailan los Caballos Andaluces" or the Dancing Andalusian Horses. This is
performed by the world famous Real Escuela de Arte Ecuestre (Royal
School of Equestrian Art) which is based in Jerez itself. This is an
incredible fully fledged equestrian ballet which features choreography
adapted from the training exercises of classical dressage and doma
vaquera, along with Spanish music and costumes. There is one quite remarkable
move known as the cabriole which involves the horse throwing its forelegs and hind
legs in an outward arc before putting its feet to the ground
A side spectacle to the Jerez Horse Fair are the numerous Spaniards
who take great delight in riding up and down the main street, impeccably
dressed a la Andaluz normally with their ladies riding sidesaddle behind them in their
beautiful Sevilliana dresses. Their mounts likewise are beautifully turned out.
It really is a wonderful sight and adds much atmosphere and flavour to the
A trip to The Annual Jerez Horse Fair should certainly be on the agenda
not only of all horse lovers but also for anyone who wants to sample a taste of
rural Spain at it's best. Organizing ferias is one thing that the Spanish
and the Andalusians in particular excel at, and the Feria de Caballo
de Jerez is certainly no exception.
Price per person Euro 690.--
- 7 nights accomodation house (max. 4 persons ) appartment(max. 2 persons)
- Accompanied visit to the REAL ESCUELA ANDALUZA DE ARTE ECUESTRE in Jerez.
(Entrance fee included)
- Accompanied visit to the STUD ESTATE in Jerez (Entrance fee included)
- Accompanied visit to the finca LOS ALBUREJOS from Alvaro Domeque including the show
- 2 accompanied visits to the HORSE FAIR IN JEREZ , friday and saturday
- 1 GALA SHOW REAL ESCUELA ANDALUZA DE ARTE ECUESTRE in Jerez.
(Entrance fee included) friday night
- 1 Paella evening in a local resaurant on the beach (drinks not included)
- 1 Tapas evening in Conil (drinks not included)
- Car hire
- Meals (except the 2 dinners listed, drinks)
- outside ride
- riding clases
- 8 % of VAT
- Single room supplement Euro 120.--
- Extended stays with/without riding lessons are available
- If required riding lessons or outside rides are available
- 3 or more persons 10% reduction
- Minimum paricipants 2 persons, maximum 6 Persons
LIVE A REAL SPANISH DREAM