Festivals - Jerez May Horse Fair

Jerez horse fair © Michelle Chaplow
Jerez Horse Fair, a stunning display of the finest horses of the region.

 

 

Jerez Horse Fair

Jerez May Horse Fair

Jerez Horse Fair 2017


Feria de Caballo Jerez

13th to 20th May 2017

(Dates one week later that normal confirmed by Town Hall) 

The Jerez Horse Fair (Feria de Caballo) which is traditionally the first week in May is an exciting and lively event that brings the entire city to the Gonzalo Hontoria Fairgrounds, which cover 52,000 square metres, giving ample space for the finest horses of Jerez as synonymous with the city as sherry and flamenco, to show off their moves to the crowds who flock to the two hundred or so casetas which, unlike Seville's, are mainly open to the public, and other attractions.

 

The history of the Jerez Horse Fair goes back over 500 years, to the commercial livestock fairs that were established in April and September, in the time when Jerez was just a small town back during the reign of Alfonso X El Sabio (the Wise).

 

Jerez Horse Fair

An official agreement was signed by various participating merchants in 1491. The event slowly gained momentum as a form of entertainment with the local wine producers setting up stands and then a children’s amusement park added and so on until the fair took on its present day form.The recinto was opened in 1903, and in the same year it was agreed that individuals and societies could build their own casetas.To the outsider, this fair is similar to the Seville fair, with portada and casetas , but it has its own special equine flavour, and takes place in an entirely different venue – what is, essentially, a park.It is known for its refined air, due to the many aristocratic sherry families in the city with their beautiful horses. Each year this Feria has a different theme..

 

 

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Practical Info

The Jerez Horse fair is open to the public. No tickets are required except for special events. The centre of activity is in the Parque González Hontoria in the north of the city located on Avenida Alvero Domeq by the intersection with Paseo la Roseleda. Unlike Seville Feria most of the casetas in Jerez are open to the public. Here is a plan of the Casetas in 2017.  A highlight is to watch the informal horse and carraige procession which takes place from the Monday until the closing Sunday from 13.00hrs to 19.30 hrs. 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

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