The Ronda style of bullfighting is rumored to have originated by accident in Ronda’s Philip II’s Centre for Horsemanship when a gentleman training on horse was unseated in the path of a bull they used to train officers in horsemanship.
A local man, Francisco Romero distracted the bull on foot using his hat, thus securing both the life of the aristocrat, and inventing a new form of bullfighting perfected by his grandson, Pedro Romero (1754-1839).
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Love it or hate it, bullfighting is an important part of Spanish heritage with most people only learning about it from a short visit to a bullring. Reservatauro Ronda has changed that and allows people to see a more in depth perspective of bulls and bullfighting.
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This is a working breeding farm of fighting bulls and pure Andalusian horses, located just 5 km from Ronda. It was created by the bullfighter Rafael Tejada. It is open to the public, giving visitors the opportunity to share in the lives of these fantastic animals throughout all their breeding stages and their fascinating selection process, as well as interact with them.
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Reservatauro offers a unique opportunity to immerse yourself in the environment of the “king of the meadow”. During the tour, you’ll be guided by professionals who will teach you about various aspects of bull keeping, the selective breeding process, and provide you with the chance to observe the bulls up close. You’ll also have the chance to see erales and mother cows with their newborn calves. Furthermore, you can admire the fantastic herd of horses and their foals, born in the spring, while also observing the fauna and flora of the Serranía de Ronda.
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Bullfighting and banditry almost go hand in hand in Ronda, or at least they did in the early days when the Romero dynasty first came to prominence. A major part of the culture and history of modern Andalucia, bullfighting shows no signs of diminishing in Southern Spain, in fact both main political parties in the parliament of Andalucia seem determined to protect the art for the enjoyment of future generations.
Banditry on the other hand has had a much longer history, and these days is nothing more than a romantic memory, the last bandits having been shot or arrested by Franco’s Guardia Civil in the middle of the 20th century. Starting in the 9th century during the rise of the Islamic era, banditry was often more about politics and tax avoidance than outright thievery, though of course the objective was always to relieve wealthier people of their precious possessions. Continue reading The Romero Dynasty and Ronda’s Bandoleros →
In response to Catalunya’s banning of bullfighting within the region after January 2012, Ronda’s mayor Antonio Marín Lara has requested the Junta de Andalucía locate a Centre for Bullfighting Studies and Research in Ronda.
Citing the politics involved in efforts to ban the ‘national fiesta’, Marín Lara said it was imperative Andalucía protect bullfighting in law, and in spirit, and that creating a centre of research and training for aspiring bullfighters and breeders of bulls in the city which gave birth to the standing style known as the Rondeño style.
With two famous bullfighting dynasties, the Romero and Ordoñez having brought glory to Ronda, and being home to what many consider the most important and oldest bullring, as well as home of the Corrida Goyesca, the mayor believes Ronda is the only natural place for the centre.
In addition, Ronda’s Plaza de Toros also houses a bullfighting museum, and the city is home to a bullfighting school that produces some of the best young bullfighters in Andalucía.
Claiming that bullfighting is an industry of critical importance in Andalucía, the mayor stated that protecting the income of the industry, and this cultural aspect of the Andalucían people should be considered a priority.
A request to build and finance the centre has been sent to the Junta for consideration when they return from summer holidays, with the mayor hopeful of a speedy response. City architects were apparently already designing a flagship centre, and this would be submitted to the Junta as soon as studies have been completed.
Separate inquiries by Ronda Today into the mayor’s statement have revealed that within the PSOE of Ronda there is a rumour the mayor may have his eyes on a seat in the regional parliament at the next elections (May 2011), and that representing the interests of Andalucían culture is part of his long term political goals.
2010 is a special year for the annual Corrida Goyesca and the Real Maestranza de Ronda as both celebrate the 225th anniversary of the construction of Ronda’s Plaza de Toros, a nationally protected monument with a fascinating history.
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