"The annual National Horse Fair in Golegã" Distrito de Santarém Things to Do Tip by berenices
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Golegã has a long-standing and deep-rooted equestrian tradition, and is known as the country's horse capital. Every year, around November, the town holds holds a prestigious one-week fair which exhibits the best of purebred Lusitano horses, bred and raised in the country and which are sold around the world.
This all began in 1833 when the Marquis of Pombal encouraged the exhibition of horses. Today, the fair is a celebration to all things equestrian, attended by many visitors coming not just from elsewhere in the country, but from abroad as well. During this week, the center of the town becomes a big fairground and exhibition ring surrounded by numerous stalls. The horses are groomed to perfection, each attempting to outdo or outshine the other. Shows and dressage and gymkhana events are open to the public for free. The horsemen and women who come to the fair are attired in traditional dress, and maze of stalls sell various things related to horsemanship.
The festive atmosphere that all this creates also has a tinged of something romantic, of a time gone by, when horses reigned supreme.
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