There is always ten percent who do not get the word. Today I was among that ten percent. The event today at the ring was not a corrida. I thought it was strange that a corrida would be staged at noon on a Monday. But then I thought, “What the hell do I know? This is México. I don't know anything for sure about México.”
Today they were testing young heifers to determine whether they might make good breeding stock for fighting bulls. They were relatively quite small animals and were put through their paces by young teenage apprentice matadors while two adult matadors and the breeders watched. No animals were killed obviously.
This testing normally takes place in private on the ranch. However, in this instance they hauled them into the ring in town and opened it up to the general public. Admission was free. It was in fact a kind of promotion for the actual corrida scheduled for 4:00 p.m. on New Year's Eve, a start time that I am more accustomed to.
The New Year's Eve corrida is a mano a mano--two matadors facing off against each other. I have never attended a mano a mano and expect it to be interesting.
I have told you that the event at the ring today was scheduled for noon. I was there promptly. However, the heifers were not there yet. The man on the loudspeaker announced that they would be there at 2:00 p.m. instead. 2:00 came and went. The first heifer did not come out of the chute until 4:00 p.m. at which time there were only the breeders, the matadors, their entourages, and a few nut case fans like me still in attendance.
In the meantime during the early afternoon I had the ring nearly to myself and wandered around taking pictures.
There. With those pictures it should only take your machine a half an hour to load the page.