Star matador Cesar Castaneda, who is now ranked fourth in Mexico, will head the card when Santa Maria Bullring in La Gloria presents its winter season bloodless bullfight opener Sunday, Jan. 25 at 4 p.m.
Casteneda will be facing the largest Spanish fighting bulls ever to be presented in the United States. The bulls are of Iberian descent and weigh in at 500 plus kilos (over 1100 pounds).
World-ranked matador Casteneda has appeared the last two winter seasons in the Santa Maria Bullring, winning top trophies for his valor and artistic style executing passes so close that he was awarded music after each series of cape work. He has a tremendous following among the winter visitors.
Also on the card is the young matador Leal Montalvo of Monterrey, Mexico. Leal was wounded by a bull in this plaza two years ago, but returned last season to dominate his card. Montalvo is a student of the great Eloy Cavazos of Monterrey who was ranked number one in the world for years during his career. He carries this honor proudly, and with great dignity.
Both Castenda and Montalvo are skilled matadors capable of fighting the giant toros of Spanish Breeder Antauo.
“This is the very best card ever presented in the Santa Maria Bullring,” said owner Fred Renk. The Santa Maria Bullring is referred to as “the bullring in the brush.” Now in its 14th year, it is the only bullring in 49 of the United States.
Tickets are available at Pueblo Tire Stores in McAllen (956) 682-7800, Border Tire in Mission (956) 585-8473, in Weslaco (956) 968-8473, and in Rio Grande City, (956) 716-8474. Or call Fred Renk at (956) 481-3300 for tickets or directions. Reservations can also be made by e-mailing firstname.lastname@example.org.
Tickets prices are $25, sunny side; $30 for shade seating; and $40 for covered ringside box seats. Beverages and refreshments will be available at the bullring concession area.