Feria Ganado de Equino de Huétor Tájar

At the feria

Man and his mules

Huétor Tájar is celebrating its September Feria this weekend. We went yesterday to the Recinta Ferial but it was exactly the same as the Feria in May which we described on this blog earlier this year. Today, however, we went for the first time to the Feria Ganado de Equino just outside the town.

The feria


This horse fair and market is a lively and colourful event. The show ground was filled with horses, donkeys and mules of all shapes and colours and the crowd consisted mainly of interesting characters from the campo.

Asno Andaluz

Rare donkey

One equine that stood out was an Asno Andaluz. This is a rare breed of large donkey which is reputedly the oldest in Europe (3000 years). This young male is a champion and only 2 years old. His owner wants 6000 euros for him.


Girl on horseback

There were stalls selling horse accessories and sombreros for the campo and two chiringuitos to provide refreshment for the crowd. We were quite surprised when a pretty girl arrived on horseback because it’s usually a macho thing to arrive at a feria caballero style.

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About Margaret Merry

I grew up in Falmouth, Cornwall, England where, after leaving Falmouth High School, I spent a year at Falmouth School of Art. Then followed three years at Hornsey College of Art in London where I obtained a Diploma in Art and Design. I then spent a post-graduate year at the West of England College of Art in Bristol where I gained an Art Teacher?s Diploma and a Certificate in Education of the University of Bristol. I lived and worked in Truro for over 30 years and became one of Cornwall's most popular artists. My paintings have been exhibited in New York, Tokyo, Paris and London and have been bought by collectors from all over the world. I have published 4 books which became local bestsellers - 'The Natural History of a Westcountry City', 'Margaret Merry's Cornish Garden Sketchbook', 'Sea & Sail' and 'Tidal Reaches'. In 2002 I moved to Spain and now live pn a small farmer the town of Alhabia in the Alpujarra Almeriense in the Province of Almeria. I now get my inspiration from the dramatic scenery of Andalucia and its old cities, towns and villages which I usually capture in watercolour. I also enjoy portraiture and figurative art, particularly nudes and dancers. For these paintings I use artists' soft pastels. I have written and illustrated 3 children's books - The Wise Old Boar, The Lonely Digger and The Adventure of Princess The Pony - which have been published in the USA.
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One Response to Feria Ganado de Equino de Huétor Tájar

  1. Malcolm (Callum in Espana) says:

    “Rare Donkey” looks like someone I know??????????

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