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Bullfighters’ Family Feud

The traditional image of Spanish bullfighting is one man against one angry bull. Less well known, but no less respected, are the rejoneadores who ride horses while bullfighting. Three of them have been charged in a Toledo court for killing and injuring 12 horses belonging to their fierce rivals, the Domecq family. The defendants hired Colombian hit men to firebomb the Domecqs’ horses. A rejoneador’s horse is highly trained in intricate footwork required for the bullfights, and the deaths of six and injuries of six others were a huge financial and sporting blow to the Domecqs.