The Beautiful Andalusian Horses of Jerez
The image of these breathtakingly beautiful horses is a common sight in the lovely green hills of Jerez de la Frontera, Spain. Depicted here on this keepsake fridge magnet from Worldwide Gifts these spectacular horses are a wonderful souvenir from Spain.
The city of Jerez is known for being the capital of the sherry wine industry, the place where flamenco singing originated, for cattle ranching and- the reason for the horse souvenir- for horsemanship. The Royal Andalusian School of Equestrian Art is one of the most well -known riding schools in the world and is famous for its "dancing stallions." The school teaches traditional Spanish baroque horsemanship, but also teaches coach driving, blacksmithing, horse care and breeding and saddlery.
Visit Jerez de la Frontera in May for the International Horse Fair
The Feria de Caballo has been going on in this region since the medieval ages when farmers would gather together once a year to buy and sell horses, and they sealed the deals by drinking a glass (or two) of the local fino sherry. The tradition continues in modern times, with horse traders who come from all over the world to purchase the famous Jerez horses. At the modern versoin of the Freia de Caballo there are two main factions: on one side is a sort of village of restaurants and bars called casetas where the adults gather to drink their fino sherry, or the trendier version that mixes sherry with lemonade and ice cubes for a popular cocktail called Rebujito. The other section of the fair is a carnival with rides for the kids like roller coasters and bumper cars.
In addition to the beautiful horses of Jerez, visitors also enjoy seeing sights such as the Alcazar, the Palacio Duque de Abrantes, the Cathedral, the Charterhouse and the Archaeological Museum.