The World Of Bulls For a Good Cause Interview with rejoneador Gastón Santos
By Antonio De Jesús Aguado
Gastón Santos, the bullfighter (rejoneador) from San Luís Potosí and icon of the Fiesta Brava, not only brings his Lusitanian horses to San Miguel, but will also reinforce the cause and commitment of Feed the Hungry.
Fiesta to celebrate
Feed the Hungry
Sin Sangre Extravaganza with rejoneador Gastón Santos
Sat, Oct 25, 4pm
Plaza de Toros Oriente,
on calle Recreo
Tickets available on
Santos is the only bullfighter who raises and fights with his own horses. The Lusitanians are raised on his ranch in San Luis Potosí. Regardless of criticism and people’s expectations about bullfighting, Gastón Santos, son of former actor and rejoneador Gastón Santos, has made his own name with his expertise and 13 years of experience raising these horses. Santos told his story in an interview with Atención.
Jesús Aguado: What is your connection with San Miguel?
Gastón Santos: I first came to San Miguel because Gerardo Trueba, my father’s friend, was living here. I started coming to train with my horses and spent two or three weeks here. That is how my romance with San Miguel began. Later, I started coming more often because I had friends living here who liked horses, like Pablo Hermoso de Menodoza. That is also how I met people involved in Feed the Hungry.
JA: For you, who are the most important bullfighters?
GS Each bullfight is a different experience; each event takes place on a singular day, and the bullfighter is gambling with his life. I can say that in San Miguel, I once had a nice afternoon with Pablo Hermoso de Mendoza, Eduardo Cuevas, and Ignacio Corral. That day I cut off two bulls’ ears. These were sublime moments with my friends.
JA Tell me about your Lusitanian horse stable.
GS In 1952, my father brought mares from Belgium to Mexico. For 62 years, we have been raising the horses at our ranch in San Luis Potosí. I am the only bullfighter who uses his own horses. At home I prepare them and select the best to be my mates. They also need to be acclimated to travel; for example, one year I performed in 42 events and just from San Luís Potosí to Tijuana my horses had to travel six thousand kilometers.
For this event at the Plaza de Toros, I will take part at the bull ring with Xochimilco, and I will receive the bull with Urbano. For the banderillas I will have the help from Urbano and Vladimir.
JA What can the audience expect from this spectacle?
GS It is an opportunity to support a good and necessary cause in an environment of horses, artistic expression, and other events the organizers have prepared. It will be a lot of fun. San Miguel has a beautiful plaza for seeing and understanding the world of bulls.
JA Why are you supporting Feed the Hungry?
GS I can say that in my case, in most of the events where I have been, I have always supported a nonprofit organization. This is part of being a member of the bullfighting family. I support the nonprofit organizations with what I know how to do so they can also support society. It is a great opportunity of doing what I like and contributing to social causes.
JA What would be your message for those who are against animal mistreatment?
GS I respect those people who do not like bullfights, as well as those who do not like hunting or eating meat. I honestly respect them, but we do not do this to damage the animal. It is all about an artistic expression with an animal that tries to kill his enemy. It attacks without taking account of the consequences, and that is the moment when the bullfighter is gambling with his life. He transmits these emotions to the audience. That is the marvelous part!
The event has been entitled a bloodless extravaganza, “the journey of a man and a horse through Mexican history since the pre-Hispanic times until the present.” This event will take place on Saturday, October 25, at 4pm at the Plaza de Toros Oriente on calle Recreo. Tickets available on www.feedthehungrysma.org.