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Through the lense: The Jerez Horse Fair, Spain

This exciting, lively event takes place in Spain's world famous sherry producing town, Jerez de la Frontera. See our photo gallery below to see why it is declared of international tourist interest.

What began as a livestock show in 1284 is now the most prestigious equine heritage event in the whole of Europe, the 'feria del caballo', or horse fair. The joy and fun spans seven days, and all revolves around the horse. But it doesn't stop there, with competitions of international show-jumping, vaulting, livestock exhibitions and auctions. By day, horse riders parade in elegant, traditional dress, and the Sevillanas dance typical flamenco until dawn. And all accompanied by wine from Jerez, fried fish and pork. 

See our photo gallery below:

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The lighting took place on May 7 and extended to the fairgrounds, where the arcs of lights were set against the Jerez skyline / City of Jerez. Visit jerez.es/especiales/feria 

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During the day the custom for horseriders is to wear a dress suit for the parade / City of Jerez. 

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Parallel to the Horse Fair, the fairgrounds host Equisur, an event focused on the horse, in which exhibitions and other activities take place / City of Jerez. 

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The daily walk of riders and horses is one of the most characteristic traditions of the Feria de Jerez / Jerez City Council. 

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Sevillana dancing, clapping and rhythm take centre stage throughout the day, in a colourful mix of ruffles and polka dots / Jerez City Council. 

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For seven days, the park Gonzalez Hontoria is the meeting place of Jerez and visitors / City of Jerez. 

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Jerez equestrian tradition is particularly evident during this holiday week / City of Jerez. 

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The Fair is also a good opportunity to visit the wineries of Jerez / Cadiz Tourism. 

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The annual horse fair began as a livestock show in 1284 and now attracts many thousands of visitors each year. / Foundation Royal Andalusian School of Equestrian Art. 

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During this week, the wine cellars of Jerez nearly run dry providing wine for the fair's 200 stalls / Tourism Cadiz. 

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Dressage, exhibitions and competitions are all part of the programming of the Horse Fair / Foundation Royal Andalusian School of Equestrian Art in Jerez. 

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