Wild horse Rapa das Bestas: Spain Int’l Tourist Interest


According to the Chinese Zodiac, 2014 is The Year of the Wood Horse.

– Gameness til the End

Rapa das Bestas

Rapa das Bestas is the name of an operation that involves cutting the manes of the horses that are performed in the curros (enclosed which retain the horses) held in various locations in Galicia (Spain).

The best known is the Rapa das Bestas of Sabucedo, in the city hall of A Estrada, which lasts three days: the First Saturday, Sunday and Monday in July. In fact, the name given to the celebration (Rapa das Bestas of Sabucedo), while in most places speaking about curros, including curros de Valga, etc.

Rapa das Bestas: Herding wild horses in Spain

Wild horse fight in the corral during the festival. (Miguel Riopa/AFP/Getty Images)

The strength of man against beast is the focus of a centuries-old tradition in Galicia where ‘Rapa das Bestas’ (cropping or shearing the beasts) involves wrestling untamed horses to the ground, and clipping their manes and tails. Foals born in the year are branded.

It takes place throughout the summer in the region, where hundreds of wild horses are rounded up in the mountains of Spain’s most northwestern autonomous community and taken down to the villages for cropping. Perhaps the most famous event is in Sabucedo, a small village in Pontevedra which holds the Rapa das Bestas over a three-day period at the beginning of July. It differs from other Rapas in that no ropes or other tools are seen – just bare hands and skill to wrestle the untamed horses to the ground.

The event in Sabucedo, which took place over the weekend, was declared a National Tourist Interest in 1963 and International Interest in 2007.

Wild horses are rounded up in the hills of Sabucedo on the eve of the Rapa das Bestas festival. (Denis Doyle/Getty Images)

Aloitadores (fighters) work with the horse in a corral. (Miguel Riopa/AFP/Getty Images)

Two aloitadores (fighters) struggle with a wild horse. (Miguel Riopa/AFP/Getty Images)

Aloitadores (fighters) try to tame a wild horse. (Denis Doyle/Getty Images)

An aloitador (fighter) holds tightly to a wild horse in the corral. (Denis Doyle/Getty Images)

Wild horses are tamed during the Rapa das Bestas festival in Sabucedo, Spain. (Denis Doyle/Getty Images)

Aloitadores (fighters) shear a wild horse during the Rapa das Bestas. (Denis Doyle/Getty Images)

Read more about Rapa das Bestas.

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