New Matador to debut at Santa Maria Bullring

20130110 BULLFIGHTER Karla for-Jan-13th RenkOn Sunday, Jan. 13 a new matador will debut at the bloodless Santa Maria Bullring in La Gloria, Texas. She is 19-year-old Karla Santoyo of Aguacalientesis, Mexico. She is the daughter of a matador.

“Having a matador father has been a great help to me, and having a fighting bull ranch is a great plus for me. A special thanks to Fred Renk for allowing me to perform,” Santoyo said during in a press conference in Mexico.

“I hope to really do well in this initial performance. I have faced the Don Rafael Mendoza bulls and they are brave and very aggressive. But so are my grandfather's animals.”

Santoyo is set to become the fourth female matador in the world. Her father, Paco Santoyo, was acclaimed as one of the best matadors in the world, said Fred Renk, owner of the Santa Maria Bullring. Karla’s grandfather, Don Salvador Santoyo, has been a rancher of fighting bulls for 50 years.

Cesar Castañeda, a world-ranked matador from Mexico, will headline the card this weekend. Castañeda is a seasoned matador who skillfully performed at Santa Maria Bullring last season, winning the golden bull trophy.

Gates open at 1 p.m. and the bullfight starts at 4 p.m. Buses are available through Go With Jo Tours; call 800-999-1446 from anywhere in the Valley. Or buy tickets from Border Tire, located at 719 E. 9th St. (Business 83 and Mayberry), in Mission. Call (956) 585-8473 for tickets or call (956) 481-3300 for seating reservations or directions.

Food and beverages are available at the cantina while waiting for the show to begin.

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