Every year, usually on the Sunday morning following the big Corrida, the Real Maestranza de Caballería de Ronda and the Real Club de Enganches de Andalucía hold a competition to pick the best horse and carriage.
The prizes aren’t significant, no more than a few hundred Euros, but the honour of being awarded the Champion of Champions Trophy at this event far outweighs any other prize on offer at the other provincial Ferías.
Several classes of carriage are judged, starting with single horse carriages, all the way to six horse teams arranged three across. Carriages fall into two and four wheel classes, covered and uncovered, and are usually in immaculate condition. Carriage owners take great pride in the appearance of their carriages, the horses, harnesses, and of course themselves.
Gentlemen are dressed in period costume suitable for the carriage they drive, whilst the ladies compete to be the prettiest Flamenco lady in the Plaza de Toros. The Dames Goyesca also get their chance to perform, with all of them taking up seats in carriages owned locally.
Photos from Las Enganches 2009