World-renowned, the horse races of Sanlúcar de Barrameda are also the oldest to be held in Spain. Developed since 1845 on the beaches near the mouth of the Guadalquivir River, the old Betis.
The horse races of Sanlúcar de Barrameda are considered as a Festival of International Tourist Interest.
To the beauty an equestrian spectacle, the singularity and spectacularity of the frame in which it is developed (the beaches of Sanluque) is added. The result is dreamy … The seashore, with the skyline of Doñana Park and the Paseo Marítimo. All this forms the magnificent scenario in which the Horse Racing of Sanlúcar de Barrameda takes place.
They constitute a great sporting event, not only because they compete in important blocks and riders. It is also considered an event of great historical and cultural heritage. Additionally, its economic importance for the area thanks to the amount of the prizes donated by companies, entities and institutions of the region.
The beach turned into an improvised racetrack attracts thousands of people making this unique tradition a spectacle that you can not miss.
The “Where, When and How” of the races of Sanlúcar de Barrameda
They are held every year during the month of August and are divided into 2 cycles of 3 days each, always at dusk, taking advantage of low tide. This forms a spectacular image of horses and riders giving their best with the sunset in the background.
The official page of the Carreras de Sanlúcar de Barameda is http://www.carrerassanlucar.es and is carried by the Real Sociedad de Carreras de Caballos de Sanlúcar which was formed in November 1845, making it the oldest Spanish equestrian institution of its kind. history.
In the statutes of the “SOCIEDAD DE CARRERAS DE CABALLOS DE SANLÚCAR DE BARRAMEDA” it is indicated that one of the activities that the society will carry out will be the celebration of horse races. The first races of Sanlúcar de Barrameda were held on August 31, 1845.
For years, the celebration of these races was exclusively in the hands of the Real Sociedad de Carreras de Caballo of Sanlúcar de Barrrameda. Later the organization of the horse races happens to depend on the Excellent City council of the city. The city council includes them in their summer programs. Races are promoted as the most attractive and unique celebration of those offered to Sanlúcar and numerous visitors.
The Horse Racing on the beaches of Sanlúcar stand out as one of the main events of the summer in Andalusia. This show unique in the world, declared of International Tourist Interest. It attracts thousands of visitors who every evening of races approach the beaches of Sanlucar to enjoy the pure blood. Competing for the natural hippodrome, which in the afternoons of the month of August, leaves us at low tide.
What awaits us for 2019
Horse races of Sanlúcar de Barrameda 2019 will be held in the month of August as they are traditionally done. The first cycle will take place on August 9, 10 and 11. The second cycle will be held on August 25, 26 and 27.
They are awarded first, second, third and fourth place with metal and trophy. The cash prizes range from a maximum for the first place of 5,000 euros to a minimum for the fourth place in 360 euros depending on the race.
For the G.P de Andalucía they reach 8,000 euros for the first place. The cash prizes as well as the popularity of the race are the main attractive riders and stables.
If you are a horse lover and want a great experience, visit Andalusia in the month of August. Enjoy the mixture of the strength and power of the horses and the beauty of the sunsets. Enjoy on the beaches of Sanlúcar de Barrameda in Andalusia. An experience for life.
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