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July 7, 2014

Spanish horses in festival and sport

Spain has a long-standing historical and cultural relationship to horses. They use them for sport and in a variety of festivals. During the summer there are several festivals in which the role of the horse is essential. --Thea Breite (19 photos total)

Wild horses are gathered during the "Rapa Das Bestas," (Shearing of the Beasts,) a 400-year-old horse festival in the Spanish northwestern village of Sabucedo July 5, 2014. On the first weekend of the month of July, hundreds of wild horses are rounded up, trimmed and groomed in different villages in the Spanish northwestern region of Galicia. (Miguel Vidal/Reuters)

Villagers round up wild horses on the hills of Sabucedo, some 40 kilometers from Santiago de Compostela, northwestern Spain, on July 5, 2014. The festival began as a way of checking the horses for disease and cutting their hair to keep them cool in the hottest months. #

Wild horses gather during the "Rapa Das Bestas" traditional event in the Spanish northwestern village of Sabucedo July 5, 2014. (Miguel Vidal/Reuters) #

Two horses fight during the "Rapa Das Bestas" traditional event in the Spanish northwestern village of Sabucedo July 6, 2014. The festival has attracted criticism from animal rights campaigners in the past. (Miguel Vidal/Reuters) #

Two men try to capture a wild horse during the traditional Rapa Das Bestas festival in Sabucedo, Pontevedra province, Galicia region, north-western Spain, 05 July 2014. Each year, wild horses are captured in the hills of Sabucedo and then carried to a farmyard to cut their horsehair. (Oscar Corral/EPA) #

A reveler tries to hold on to a wild horse during the "Rapa Das Bestas" traditional event in the Spanish northwestern village of Sabucedo July 5, 2014.(Miguel Vidal/Reuters #

Two men try to capture a wild horse during the traditional Rapa Das Bestas festival in Sabucedo, Pontevedra province, Galicia region, north-western Spain, 05 July 2014. Each year, wild horses are captured in the hills of Sabucedo and then carried to a farmyard to cut their horsehair. (Oscar Corral/EPA) #

A rider rears up on his horse while surrounded by a cheering crowd during the traditional Fiesta of San Joan (Saint John) in downtown Ciutadella, on the Spanish Balearic Island of Menorca, June 23, 2014. The riders of the horses are representatives of ancient Ciutadella society - nobility, clergy, craftsmen and farmers. (Enrique Calvo/Reuters) #

Chidren stroke a horse during in the San Juan (Saint John) festival in Ciutadella,n June 24, 2014. (Jaime Reina)/AFP/Getty Images) #

A rider spears a suspended ring with a lance as he races through a cheering crowd during the Fiesta of San Joan in downtown Ciutadella on June 24, 2014. (Enrique Calvo/Reuters) #

A rider rears up on his horse while surrounded by a cheering crowd during the Fiesta of San Joan (Saint John) in downtown Ciutadella, June 23, 2014. (Enrique Calvo/Reuters) #

Six Argentine horses stand inside a plane at Madrid's Barajas airport July 6, 2014. A plane with 50 Argentine horses arrived to compete in the 43rd International Polo Tournament in Sotogrande, southern Spain, during the months of July and August. (Juan Medina/Reuters) #

An Argentine horse who will compete in the 43rd International Polo Tournament stands inside a plane at Madrid's Barajas airport July 6, 2014. (Juan Medina/Reuters) #

A 'monosabio' or bullring's employee, grabs the tail of a bull after it turns the picador's horse upside down during a bullfight of the San Isidro fair in Madrid, Spain, Sunday, June 1, 2014. Picador is a horseman with a spear who takes an important role in bullfights. San Isidro's bullfighting fair is one of the most important in the world. (Daniel Ochoa de Olza/AP #

Jockeys and horses wait before a race on the Paseo de la Castellana in Madrid centre on May 11, 2014. Eighty years later, racehorses are back on the Paseo de la Castellana in Madrid, where the hippodrome was originally located between the years 1873 and 1933. (Cesar Manso/AFP/Getty Images #

A penitent falls together with the horse as they take part in the "Procesion del Silencio" by the "Cristo de las Injurias" brotherhood, during the Holy Week in Zamora, Spain, Wednesday, April 16, 2014. Hundreds of processions take place throughout Spain during the Easter Holy Week. (Andres Kudacki/AP) #

A young penitent from 'La Paz' brotherhood watches horses pass by during a procession on April 13, 2014 in Seville, Spain. (Pablo Blazquez Dominguez/Getty Images) #

Elisa Garcia, 28, poses for a photo, wearing a costume from the era of 18th century painter Francisco Goya, while a horse-drawn carriage passes along the "Puente Nuevo" (New Bridge) during the second edition of "Ronda Romantica" in Ronda, near Malaga, southern Spain, late May 31, 2014. Ronda Romantica is a cultural event where thousands of people of Ronda and about fifty towns around "Serrania de Ronda" (Ronda Mountain Ranges), dressed in traditional costumes, recreate the era of the bandits and romantic travelers in the nineteenth century. They also recreate the war of Spanish Independence which started in 1808 with the invasion by French Napoleonic troops and lasted until 1814, when the French were defeated and expelled from the country. (Jon Nazca/Reuters) #

A reveler with a model horse dances and hits people with a sponge during the San Fermin procession in Pamplona, Spain, Monday, July 7, 2014. People from around the world arrive to Pamplona every year to take part in the eight days of the running of the bulls glorified by Ernest Hemingway's 1926 novel "The Sun Also Rises." (/Andres Kudacki/AP) #

 
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