The Rapa das Beasts de Sabucedo is the name of the course that is held every year in Sabucedo (Pontevedra) Spain, in the territory of the municipality of La Estrada for three days, the first Saturday, Sunday and Monday in July.
This tradition has about 600 horses, called beasts to the females and garañones to the males, divided in 14 herds, that live free and wild in the mount. The celebration consists, as in other courses, in picking up the horses from the mountain, putting them in the bullfight, shaving them and marking them today with microchips. The one of Sabucedo is the best known curro and also presents own strokes that differentiate it from the others. Among these differences the most important is that in Sabucedo no ropes, sticks or devices are used to reduce the animal. The aloitadores, who are the ones who are in charge of securing to the beast or stallion while proceeding to the rapa, use only their skill and their body to carry out its work. Another specificity of the Rapa das Bestas de Sabucedo is that the “Bajada” or activity of gathering and driving beasts to the place of Sabucedo is part of the celebration itself and they participate in it hundreds of people from Galicia and outside the community.
Joaquín Gómez Sastre