Friday, November 13, 2015

Abrivado in Camargue .

“He's of the colour of the nutmeg. And of the heat of the ginger.... he is pure air and fire; and the dull elements of earth and water never appear in him, but only in patient stillness while his rider mounts him; he is indeed a horse, and all other jades you may call beasts.”

          - HENRY V   by William Shakespeare

 There are several groups of Guardians on horse back. They meet on the beach in the morning and form several groups of riders. Each group of riders pushes a small group of 3-4 bulls into a V shape formation called the Abrivado. They ride down the beach towards the village keeping tight control over their bulls. A Guardian is the keeper of a herd of semi-free bulls and horses that are bred in the Camargue.