The morning of Good Friday, the riosellana beach of Santa Marina it becomes an improvised and populous racecourse. Thousands of people congregate on the wall to attend the only equine event in the North of Spain held in a sandy area. The unrivaled setting of this urban beach, with the swinging sea and the horizon as a backdrop, predisposes for these unusual races that add a new dimension to equestrian competitions. This 2018 will be the 13 of October from the 11: 00 hours.
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Tourist services in the vicinity
- Ribadesella Surf School 0,27 km
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- Villa Rosario Villa Dining Room 0,30 km
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- Nakel Adventure 0,54 km
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- Nautilus: boat rides through Ribadesella 0,69 km
The Cantabrian coast at your fingertips. Sit in the Nautilus and enjoy the sea in its purest state and one of the
- Sidrería Carroceu 1,03 km
The Sidrería Carroceu is located next to the pier of Ribadesella, overlooking the beach. On our terrace
What to see and what to do in a nearby radius
- Santa Marina beach 0,20 km
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- Recreational areas of Ribadesella 0,42 km
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- Bass fishing 0,72 km
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Map: how to get to Horse Racing in Santa Marina
Some argue that in the local port, there by the eighteenth century, in the heat of boom of the maritime commerce, contraband activities proliferated that eluded the port controls on the backs of black horses to be confused at night.
In the year 1989 local horse riding fans, remembering these stories of smugglers, started making bets on which would be the fastest horse in the riosellana beach of Santa Marina.
For this they took advantage of the strip of wet sand released during low tide. Already in its origins, the unusual sports frame, denoted an extraordinary beauty and laid the foundations for a larger show that was forged over the years.
Nowadays, after almost 20 years of filming during which the participation was increased with the competition of more riders, amazons and local blocks, Asturian clubs and other bordering communities, the test has finally acquired international dyes, as they have already run on the Santa Marina beach foreign equestrian clubs, mainly from France and Portugal.
Also the race has been professionalized, because after years of being an exclusive test for the fans to show their skills, now the jockeys are professionals and purebred horses competing on Good Friday in a scoring event for the Spanish championship.
The initial beauty of the first races has been redoubled with this change of status, as the participation of blocks that usually compete in the Zarzuela racecourse, the colorful clothes of the riders, the raised boxes for the authorities, the presence of photographers, television, radio and the massive presence of the public, make the beautiful local beach in a more spectacular setting if possible.
The Rio de Janeiro races have the objective of becoming an unmissable event on the equestrian calendar, following in the wake of other races with more roots in time, such as the Sanlucar de Barrameda with which it has many similarities. The organizers of the Andalusian contest have attended Ribadesella in order to collaborate and provide their knowledge.
It is not ruled out that the race in Ribadesella will be more popular and entertaining in the future, using a playful resource such as bets, which are already raging in the Cadiz test.Text: © Ramón Molleda for desdeasturias.com