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Manuel Martinez

Manolo Martinez

La Gloria, Texas – Santa Maria Bullring will host the grand finale bullfight of the season on Sunday, March 11. Each winter season, Fred Renk, the owner of the bullring in La Gloria, brings in some of the most skillful matadors to perform the bloodless bullfights for Winter Texan fans.

This season’s grand finale is no exception; Renk has not only arranged to have Michelito Lagravere and Manolo Martinez, two of Mexico’s premier matadors to perform, but he has also challenged them to fight the huge bulls from El Colminar Viejo, a breeding ranch ranked among the best of the best in the world.

“These bulls can out run a quarter horse in the first 100 yards,” Renk said. “While the bloodless bullfight is harmless for the bull in our way of presenting it, it is quite dangerous for the matador. These bulls are bred for their size, strength and bravery and they fear nothing they encounter.”

Renk, who in his younger days was a matador of distinction, loves the art of bullfighting, describing it at a dance in which the matador gracefully maneuvers the bull with nothing more than his red cape. After several series of passes, the matador slowly wears the bull down until he can go in for the symbolic kill by reaching around the dangerous horns of the bull as he passes to pluck the flower from the bull’s neck. Unlike the traditional bullfights in Spain, in the bloodless bullfights, the bull is not lanced to weaken the bull and the bull in not killed or harmed in any way. Instead, it is the matador who is in the greatest danger of injury or even death – if he should make the wrong move or underestimate the quick moves of the bull he faces.

Santa Maria Michelito LaGravereMichelito Lagravere

These bulls will charge at anything that moves, said Renk. And they learn fast and so they can only be fought one time with a cape. After performing at Santa Maria Bullring the bulls are sold to the rodeo world, he added.

Renk invites Winter Texans to come out to this grand finale bullfight at Santa Maria – the last fight of the season – on Sunday, March 11. This will be your last chance to see something your friends back home have never before seen. Then you can tell them, “Guess what I did this winter in South Texas?”

Come on out and have a good time. The gates open at 1 p.m. and there is food and beverage, music and entertainment until the bullfight starts at 4 p.m.

Tickets are still just $30 sunny side, $35 shady side, and $40 for the ringside covered seats.

All tickets are by reservation or walk up. Call the bullring at 1-956-481-3300 to make your reservation and pay when you arrive. Checks or cash only, please.

There is bus service to and from the bullring by calling Journey Charters & Tours at 1-956-800-5356 or 1-956-358-1934.

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