Yesterday we took a day off to attend the “Sacab Coin” horse show in Coin (about 40 minutes away).
This is one of the largest horse breeder shows in Spain for the “PRE” (Pura Raza Española, or Purebred Spanish Horse). Hundreds of horses and the best breeders from all over Spain converge on the town, where showing classes and riding competitions take place. An evening show is held each night, with spectacular dressage competitions. It is really fair-like, in that in addition to trade stands and breeders information desks, there are booths selling Andalucian food and craft items, plus lots of wonderful food stalls!
Andalucian horses are one of the most ancient breeds, and are the ancestors of many modern breeds of horse. They are known for their courage and loyal nature, and are apparently wonderfully easy to ride. They are extremely valuable, each one worth tens of thousands of euros!
Take a look at the video – it is worth sitting through the 2 minutes, I think!