Jerez de la Frontera - Horseriding

The may horse fair in Jerez © Michelle Chaplow
The May horse fair in Jerez.

REAL ESCUELA DEL ARTE ECUESTRE

For a real performance of the most noble and classical kind, no one should miss the magnificent stallions of the Real Escuela Andaluza del Arte Ecuestre, the Royal Andalusian School of Equestrian Art, whose spirited performances take place every Thursday during the summer at the riding school, adjacent to the historic 19th century Palacio de las Cadenas, in the sherry town of Jerez de la Frontera. There are tours of the 60 stables arced round a cobbled courtyard and a wonderful tack room, with harnesses and tack worn by all the performing stallions, some of it dating back to the 18th century.

The school also has a practical role in training horses and horsemen in doma va quera and doma classica - dressage, coach driving, blacksmithy and the manufacture and care of harness.

Visitors may either watch a show which takes place twice a week on Tuesdays and Thursdays at noon or watch training taking place on other days of the week.  More>

MAY HORSE FAIR  (FERIA DE CABALLO)

Jerez celebrates its famous annual Horse Fair at the very beginning of May and visitors from all over the world flock to this prestigious event each year, which also doubles up as an agricultural fair. The fair has various shows and competitions with prizes that take place in key picturesque locations throughout the town.  More>

WORLD EQUESTRIAN GAMES 2002

The fourth World Equestrian Games took place in Jerez from the 10th to 22nd September 2002 and was the largest event ever organised in the equestrian world. It included all six equestrian disciplines including classical dressage, show jumping, three-day-eventing and carriage-driving. Over one thousand horses and riders took part from at least 50 countries around the world. The world wide television audience was over 1.000,000 viewers.

The games were accompanied by an international fairground with 25.000 m2 of stands. Almost all of the events took place in the site called Chapin which is located just to the east of the town only 3km from the old town itself.