When the subject is horses from Andalusia, a visit to the Royal Andalusian School of Equestrian Art, in Jerez is essential.
If this School is internationally famous for one thing in particular, it’s the show known as “How the Andalusian Horses Dance”, a fusion of music and visual spectacle which is simply breathtaking. This show, for onlookers, is a faithful refection of all that is studied at the School, in relation to the work with the horses, as well as the training of jockeys.
Royal School of Equestrian Art:
Avda. Duque de Abrantes, s/n – Jerez (Cádiz)
“How the Andalusian Horses Dance”: Tuesdays and Thursdays at 12.00 and Fridays at the same time (only in the month of August).
Horse in Andalusia
For centuries, the horse has formed part of the history and culture of Andalusia. Horses have been used for work and for transport, and with the passing of time they have also come to form part of our leisure and sporting activities.
The land in Andalusia means that we are lucky enough to be able to breed almost any type of horse in the world. The most characteristic horse in Andalusia is the Pure Spanish Race Horse, known throughout the world as Andalusian, as well as races as well known as the Arab and the Cruzada.
Horses in tourism
Due to the unique Andalusian terrain, there are still numerous areas where you can enjoy long rides on horseback, right in the heart of nature. From Sierra Nevada to the beaches of the Atlantic, passing through the mountain range of Ronda, the Sierra de Grazalema, Doñana… you can enjoy long rides on horseback, enjoying the customs, wonderful food and Andalusian culture.
Horses in sports
In Andalusia you can also enjoy high level sporting events which are great entertainment, too; for example:
Sol Trophy: Jumping competition held every winter for five weeks in different locations on the Costa del Sol
Horse Fair in Jerez: in May, coinciding with the fair in this part of Cadiz, all types of exhibitions take place, such as horse-breaking, driving and acoso y derribo (knocking over cows with poles).
Rodeo: a traditional date for horse lovers is the 26th June in the National Park of Doñana, where the cattle farmers of Almonte organise a rodeo. Traditionally known as the “bringing out of the mares”, it consists of gathering semi-wild mares that graze with the foals born during the year in the fen. Some 700 animals are brought to the town in a spectacular 15 kilometre march.
Enganches or driving: this tradition tends to coincide with the town fairs. At the same time as the Bull celebrations are the enganches, or carriages pulled by horses. This custom has reached present times thanks to the interest of the aficionados, who have conserved these traditional methods of harnessing by restoring the old carriages. They are a wonderful sight and a must for any visitor. Those from Seville in April are extremely well-known, as are those in Seville in April, the studs in Jerez or Ronda in September.