First Encierro in Sanfermines 2016 with Fuente Ymbro bulls
Bulls from the Fuente Ymbro ranch ran the first “encierro” of Sanfermines 2016 without bothering to gore anyone in their paths. There were runners trampled and four taken to the hospital complex,according to first medical reports. Until the Curve of Mercaderes, the herd galloped on together with the oxen to the ring. In the Plaza del Ayuntamiento, the bulls separated, and a small pile-up occurred. Then, without slipping in the Curve of Mercaderes, a “jabonero” bull – or coffee and milk colored – ran ahead like a bullet, permitting clean, beautiful runs in Estafeta Street. Behind came a black bull and then the other four bulls. In the middle of the street, the “jabonero” bull fell and was swallowed from view by the rest of the herd.
A black bull entered the bright sunlight of the ring, together with three oxen, followed by five bulls that hit the fence in the curve of Teléfonica, forming a small, but much feared pile-up of runners and animals. Head to head the bulls and runners fought their way out of the pile-up and ran into the ring. These so-called noble Fuente Ymbro bulls did not even try to gore a boy with his face touching his horn. True aristocrats.
Four men were taken to the hospital complex for injuries: one of them in the slope of Santo Domingo, two in the small pile-up near the Town Hall and another in a pile-up in the curve of Telefónica.
Blue sky, beautiful runs, animals and speed- it took the herd two minutes and 23 seconds to run the “encierro” as is typical of this ranch.