the Ganadarias (Toiros...bull
breeders) provide the bulls, and are essential
to a bullfight. Without them, there would not be a "bull"fight.
Ganadarias breed and raise fighting bulls specifically
for bloodless bullfights in California. They also have what
they call a "Tienta",
which is basically a "mini
they practice with cows (bloodless of course) and with horses (Portuguese
style), sometimes on foot, to teach cape work (muleta), but not
A tienta allows them (the bull owners) to see how brave the cows
are, also trains the horses to bullfight, and allows the matadors
to practice cape work, and in turn friends, and relatives can see
the "behind the scenes" of what it takes to prepare for a bullfight.
The cows are about a 1-1/2 years old, and in the
end, they are not killed and are put back in the pasture for breeding
and eventually to the slaughter house for ground beef (?). Due
to the fact that bulls are intelligent, they cannot be run (used)
again in an arena as it would be dangerous to the Matadors,
Cavaleiros, and Forcados.
It's a mini festa with friends and family of the
ganadero. The morning starts off with branding the calves. There's
food, drinks, networking, and fun.
On the right is a menu with links to a series of
videos from a recent Tienta that Ganadaria Candido Costa had. It
starts off with branding of the heifers and bulls. Not all of the
videos are uploaded yet, but they will be soon.
Well known Ganaderos (bull breeders)
in the Portuguese community are Candido
Costa of Wasco
(near Bakersfield), Manuel
Sousa of Turlock, and Manuel Costa,
Jr. located in Los Banos, California.
Costa owns a state-of-the-art
dairy and is also the owner of some of the horses. He has a deep
love and is an afficianado of bullfighting. Candido is also from
Agualva, Terceira which is the same village that the Cardoso brothers
are Frequently Asked Questions
(FAQ) on Bullfights
- Spanish Style
- Portuguese Style