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20190109 Bull Michelito Lagravere 1567Bullfight dedicated to David Renk

As Santa Maria Bullring, the only bullring in the United States, marks its 19th year, this weekend’s bullfight is being dedicated to the passing of American icon David Renk, “El Texano,” who left an impressive mark on the bullfighting world, performing triumphantly at the biggest bullrings in the world in Mexico and Spain before being injured, forcing his retirement.

Co-star of this weekend’s bloodless bullfight at the Santa Maria Bullring in La Gloria, Texas is Michelito Lagravere. He will perform along with the famous matador Manolo Martinez and Leal Montalvo, who won the Golden Bull Award last year at Santa Maria, and was also awarded symbolic ears and tail on two occasions in 2018.

20190109 Bull David Renk 152336Fred Renk, owner of Santa Maria Bullring, said Lagravere is one of the world’s top ranked matadors and he has just returned from a triumphant tour of Spain and France.

“His first performance in the U.S. was in La Gloria when he was only 10 years old.,” Renk said. “He faced a young bull as if it was nothing and went back to basketball and shot baskets.

“His career went on for eight more years through the semi-pro ranks of matador and he received his doctorate at age 18,” Renk explained. “He has been a cyclone in the bullfight world ever since, appearing in some of the largest bullrings in the world.”

Speaking of the upcoming matador, the famed Manolo Martinez said, "Michelito is a prodigy."

The fourth matador performing Saturday is Daniel Ayala, the kid from Monterrey who has been performing all over the Mexican Republic. He has been awarded trophies in most all his performances, including recently at the big plaza in Guadalajara.

20190109 Bull leal montalvoThe bulls for the January corrida are the big bulls shown on the ad on page ___. They are from the dynasty of Martinez, bred on the famous ranch El Colminar Viejo in Mexico.

“They are huge! Well over 1000 pounds,” Renk said.

Call the bullring at 956-481-3300 to make reservations and for directions. Pay upon arrival. All tickets are the same price as last year $30 sun, $35 shade and ringside covered box seats are $40. Children under 12 free.

Gates open at 1 p.m. and there's great food and entertainment prior to the bullfight. The bullfight begins at 4 p.m. sharp.

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