California Amateur Torero Records Triumph
Famed Matador Julian Lopez “El Juli” suffered a grave goring, Sept. 9, during a corrida in Valladolid, Spain. Although the horn penetrated 20 centimeters in the front of the right thigh, the matador, nevertheless, was able to kill his bull, before being carried to the infirmary. Following surgery in the Hospital Felipe II, doctors pronounced the wound as “grave,” but not life endangering.
California Amateur Torero in Great Triumph
Jim Verner, of Fresno, considered by many aficionados to be the number one amateur torero (aficionado practico) in the world, recorded a huge triumph, Sept. 5, in Ciudad Victoria, Mexico.
Facing an animal of Santa Cruz de Xarana, Verner turned in a sensational performance in the Lienzo Charro Victoria. Following excellent cape work and a faena that included outstanding muletazos to both sides, in the center of the ring, climaxing each set with appropriate adornments, Verner totally dominated the brave animal and caused the crowd to petition for the life-sparing indulto. However, the plaza judge denied the petition.
Verner then lined up the novillo and killed with one sword, in the ultra-dangerous “receiving” style. (Verner has become a master at killing in the receiving style.)
A huge ovation followed, and ears and tail were awarded to Verner, who was proclaimed the most triumphant torero of the day. Another California aficionado practico Mario Orlando also recorded a triumph, winning one ear.
Annual Goyesca Corrida Scheduled in Ronda, Spain
The oldest plaza de toros in Spain, the colorful and picturesque the Andalucian plaza of Ronda, the cradle of the Rondeño style of bullfighting.
The ancient plaza, known for its unique architectural style, is nestled in the hillsides in the province of Malaga. It was built in 1785. Every September since 1954, in Ronda, which is actually an amphi-theatre, a “Goyesca” corrida de toros is scheduled. The plaza seats only 5,000, making tickets expensive and very difficult to obtain.
The toreros all dress in the ancient outfits of the Francisco de Goya era, and make their entrances to the plaza in horse-drawn carriages.
Such have inspired works by such authors as Ernest Hemingway, James Joyce, and Gustave Dore.
This year’s Ronda feria began on Friday, Sept. 9, with a novillada of animals from Juan Pedro Domecq for Chiqui de Ronda, who was applauded for his performances to both of his bulls; Javier Aviles, who was, likewise, applauded; and Cayetano Ordoñez, who was the triunfador, earning three ears.
The next day was the Goyesca, featuring Rejon-eador Benitez Cubero and Matadores Rivera Ordoñez; a replacement for the recently injured “El Cid” and Salvador Vega. At press time, results of the afternoon had not been published.
On Sunday, Sept. 11, an afternoon of rejoneadores was scheduled, featuring bulls of Benitez Cubero for Rui Fernandez, Andy Cartagena, and Alvaro Montes.