THE LONGEST AND MOST IMPORTANT BULLFIGHT FAIR IN THE ENTIRE WORLD:  MADRID’S FERIA DE SAN ISIDRO

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by Muriel Feiner

 

The Feria de San Isidro, organized in honor of the city’s Patron Saint, St. Isidore or “Isidro” the Farmer, is scheduled to begin on Wednesday, May 10th and end on Friday, June 2nd.  It will include 21 corridas de toros, 3 novilladas, and 2 festejos de rejones, or bullfighting from horseback, popular among bullfight and equestrian fans. And almost all of the top bullfighters and toros from the leading brave bull breeding ranches in Spain will be performing and filling the arena with spectators every day.

There will be bullfighting on horseback sure to delight equestrian fans

For the truly avid fans who hold abonos (a season ticket for all the corridas of the Fair) and go every day, Monday is a day of rest to be able to deal with more mundane obligations, hence no corridas are scheduled for May 13, 20 and 27 and June 3. 

Plaza de Toros de la Puerta de Alcala, better known known as Plaza de Toros de Madrid, in 1866. Since 1856 the Corrida de Beneficencia, a.k.a. Corrida Extraordinaria de la Beneficencia de Madrid, is celebrated annually as a fundraising event whose total take went to the old Hospital General. The Beneficencia remains a charitable corrida, now celebrated at Las Ventas.

Also scheduled and not included in the abono is the corrida de Beneficencia on Sunday, June 9th, with bulls from Garcigrande for Morante de la Puebla, Frenchman Sebastián Castella and the young and very promising Fernando Adrián. The Corrida In Memoriam will be held on Sunday, June 16. On this occasion it will pay special tribute to an outstanding Madrid-born bullfighter Antonio Chenel “Antoñete”, who passed away on October 22, 2011. Matadors José Mari Manzanares, Alejandro Talavante and Paco Ureña will perform that day with bulls from the Jandilla ranch. And finally mention should be made of the Corrida de la Cultura, the traditional Corrida de la Prensa, and a special corrida to honor the National Police Force, on the bicentennial of its founding.

Corrida at Las Ventas

The San Isidro Fair will include a total of 26 corridas in which 44 matadors de toros, 6 rejoneadors (bullfighters on horseback), and 9 novilleros or novice bullfighters will perform before a selection of 25 brave bulls representing 9 different encastes (the encaste refers to their particular pedigree or strain).

 

BILLBOARD

Friday 10 May. 19:00h. Bulls from Alcurrucén and El Cortijillo for Morante de la Puebla, Diego Urdiales, and García Pulido (confirmation).

Saturday 11 May. 19:00h. Bulls from Fuente Ymbro for El Fandi, Román and Leo Valadez.

A brave-bull breeding ranch

Sunday 12 May. 19:00h. Bulls from Baltasar Ibán for El Calita, Francisco de Manuel and Álvaro Alarcón.

Tuesday 14 May. 19:00h. Novillos de Montealto for Diego Bastos, Nek Romero and Samuel Navalón (presentation of the three bullfighters).

Wednesday 15 May. 19:00h. Bulls from El Parralejo for Miguel Ángel Perera, Paco Ureña and Alejandro Fermín (confirmation).

Thursday 16 May. 19:00h. Bulls from Victoriano del Río and Bulls from Cortés for Sebastián Castella, Jose María Manzanares and Tomás Rufo.

Friday 17 May. 19:00h. Bulls from La Quinta for Miguel Ángel Perera, Emilio de Justo and Ginés Marín.

Saturday 18 May. 19:00h. Bulls from Capea, San Pelayo and Carmen Lorenzo for Pablo Hermoso de Mendoza, Lea Vicens and Guillermo H. de Mendoza.

Sunday 19 May. 19:00h. Bulls from Miura for Rafaelillo, Juan de Castilla and Colombo

Tuesday 21 May. 19:00h. Novillos de Fuente Ymbro for Alejandro Peñaranda, Ismael Martín and Jarocho (presentation).

Wednesday 22 May. 19:00h. Bulls from El Torero for David Galván, Álvaro Lorenzo and Ángel Téllez.

Thursday 23 May. 19:00h. Bulls from El Puerto de San Lorenzo for Alejandro Talavante, Juan Ortega and Tomás Rufo.

Friday 24 May. 19:00h. Bulls from Conde de Mayalde for Cayetano, Roca Rey and Jorge Martínez (confirmation).

Saturday 25 May. 19:00h. Bulls from La Ventana del Puerto for Sebastián Castella, Daniel Luque and Christian Parejo (confirmation)

Sunday 26 May. 19:00h. 2 Bulls from Capea and 4 from Montalvo for the rejoneador Diego Ventura and the matadors Cayetano and Ginés Marín.

Tuesday 28 May. 19:00h. Novillos de Guadaira for Lalo de María, Pepe Luis Cirugeda (presentation) and Alejandro Chicharro.

Wednesday 29 May. 19:00h. Bulls from Juan Pedro Domecq for Morante de la Puebla, Alejandro Talavante and Pablo Aguado.

Thursday 30 May. 19:00h. Bulls from Alcurrucén and El Cortijillo for Jose Maria  Manzanares, Daniel Luque and Víctor Hernández (confirmation).

Friday 31 May. 19:00h. Bulls from Santiago Domecq for Uceda Leal, Alejandro Talavante and Borja Jiménez.

Saturday 1 June. 19:00h. Bulls from Los Espartales for rejoneadors Rui Fernandes, Sergio Galán and Diego Ventura.

Sunday 2 June. 19:00h. Bulls from Pedraza de Yeltes for Juan Leal, Francisco José Espada and Isaac Fonseca.

Tuesday 4 June. 19:00h. Bulls from José Escolar for Fernando Robleño, Damián Castaño and Gómez del Pilar.

Wednesday 5 June. 19:00h. Bulls from Victorino Martín for Paco Ureña and Borja Jiménez (vis a vis). Corrida de la Prensa.

Thursday 6 June. 19:00h. Bulls from Adolfo Martín for Antonio Ferrera, Manuel Escribano and José Garrido.

Antoñete in 1966. The Corrida In Memoriam is dedicated to him.

Friday 7 June. 19:00h. Bulls from Victoriano del Río and Cortés for Emilio de Justo, Borja Jiménez and Roca Rey. Corrida de la Cultura.

Saturday 8 June. 19:00h. Bulls from Román Sorando for Diego Urdiales, Juan Ortega and Pablo Aguado. Corrida in honor of the Policía Nacional.

Sunday 9 June. 19:00h. Bulls from Garcigrande for Morante de la Puebla, Sebastián Castella and Fernando Adrián. Corrida de la Beneficencia.

Sunday 16 June. 19:00h. Bulls from Jandilla and Vegahermosa for José María Manzanares, Alejandro Talavante and Paco Ureña. Corrida In Memoriam in honor of Antoñete.

 

Tickets can be purchased online at www.las-ventas.com. Bullfights begin promptly at 7 p.m.  (Parking is definitely a problem, so Metro: the Las Ventas stop, buses -53 and 21- and taxis are the best option)


 

Images
> Featured image: Corrida at Plaza de Toros de Las Ventas/Enrique Dans, CC BY2.0, Flickr. Frame/Matthew Feeney, Unsplash.
> Corrida from horseback/ArtTower (Brigitte Werner), Pixabay. Flipped. Edited.
> Plaza de Toros de la Puerta de Alcala/Edouard Manet (1865-1866). Source-Photographer: The Yorck Project, PD via Wikimedia Commons
> Corrida, Las Ventas/Muriel Feiner. B&W color supplied.
> Bull ranch/Muriel Feiner
> Bull and matador statue, Las Ventas/Alvy, CC BY-SA3.0, Wikimedia Commons. Flipped. B&W color supplied
> Antoñete/André Cros, CC BY-SA4.0, Wikimedia Commons, cropped