National Geographic : 1922 Jul
THE NATIONAL GEOGRAPHIC MAGAZINE Assisted by the gardians and S amateur horsemen, the owner se . . lects the bulls which are to make *, sport for the populace. Then, S hedged in by the whole squadron SInW of horsemen wearing gaily colored o shirts, the animals go slowly to =j ward the village. Behind them 2, comes the long line of carriages "§ S filled with merry boys and girls. ' , THE DRIVE OF TIIE BULLS o'= At the outskirts of the village, .a-, groups of people, sticks in hand, S. wait, ready to spread disorder Among the horsemen and give the frightened bulls a chance to escape. "' Their purpose is to stage an ex < ' citing spectacle and see the gard m l ians chase the disbanded animals 2 across the fields. SS E' But the horsemen are on their ob guard. At a little distance from o ()w the entrance to the village, the < white horses get closer to the bulls S- and all break into a gallop. Then, > c in a whirlwind of dust, amid cheers <s and vociferations, blows, shouts to - the leader-bull, the thunderous < .5 orders of the manadier, and the a .2" whistling and applause of the Zo ' crowd, a mad charge is made ' " through the village street which S leads to the toril, or stable, where 2 the animals are to be confined. Side by side ride the horsemen, S2 hard pressed on both flanks, with S stirrups interlocked. The horses, S 8 covered with sweat, resist with all their might the pressure of the Smad bulls (see page 7). - In this charge, so full of rude S% sport, accidents often happen. .a^ Sometimes a half-wild horse takes ° 3 fright at the shouting crowd and ,t-g spreads disorder among his fel O - lows. Another, though his hoofs . are unshod, slips on the stones and , , takes his rider with him, or crushes - a horseman against a wall. . It is an exciting game, full of S unexpected incidents. Nothing o; stops the horsemen and horse S women, who are always present in a these wild rides through the gant -5 let of shouting people on foot.