Feria del Caballo
The heritage of horse breeding culminates in the annual festival of the horses, Feria del Caballo, celebrated in Jerez every year in May.
Although fairs have taken place in Jerez since the Middle Ages, it was the Domecq family of sherry fame, which initiated the fair in 1955 as it is today.
The vast Gonzalez Hontoria Park is the venue where shows and parades are staged on a daily basis.
During Feria del Caballo you can watch cowboy and classical dressage, riding competitions and polo, but the highlight is the parade of carriages, also known as enganches.
English, Hungarian, Russian and Spanish style carriages, richly decorated, are paraded around the park and the along the streets.
Culminating in the so-called carousel where the carriages and horses which draw them, turn in unison and choreographed circles.
A master piece of horsemanship and an unforgettable spectacle accompanied by the sound of cracking whips and jingling bells.
More than 200 casitas or little stalls offering great food, and of course sherry and fino, liven up the festive atmosphere.