Jill’s final report and photos from Argentina (all from Sunday):

“After breakfast, we received a telephone call telling us, ‘hurry, hurry, the horses are ready!’

“We drove out of town and were greeted by Juan Gibelli and two pairs of horses. We loaded the vehicles and drove into town. As we approached the town, there were hundreds of horses gathering for the start of the parade, and we drove right through them! Quite a sight and almost too hard to describe. We alighted and hot-footed it through town to our reserved seating outside on the sidewalk. As soon as we arrived, we were served drinks and empanadas and the parade started.

“We watched hundreds (perhaps thousands) of horses being led be a rider or loose, as most of them were in trapillos (a bell-mare group). A guacho rides his horse, leading a mare with a bell around her neck, and then the rest of the horses (having been brought up like this) are loose and stay right with the bell mare. Where else in the world could you see such a thing: people sitting and standing on the side of the streets with hundreds and hundreds of loose horses in the street! Incredible.

“Then it was off to lunch and then back to the arena to see the big festival with ALL the trapillos in the ring at the same time!

“We watched for two hours and were on overload, and so we returned to the estancia and recounted the fantastic day.”

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