The 8:20 a.m. guest – Gérard Quittard, the president of the peña Antonio Ordonez

The 8:20 a.m. guest – Gérard Quittard, the president of the peña Antonio Ordonez
The 8:20 a.m. guest – Gérard Quittard, the president of the peña Antonio Ordonez

Gérard Quittard, the president of the peña Antonio Ordonez was in the studios of France Bleu Gard Lozère, this Friday, May 17, to present the 63rd novillada of the golden cape of the Pentecost feria.

Gérard Quittard, the president of the peña Antonio Ordonez was in the studios of France Bleu Gard Lozère, this Friday, May 17, to present the 63rd novillada of the golden cape of the Pentecost feria. But before tackling Sunday morning’s cartel for this novillada, the aficionado tells us his few memories of Enrique Ponce, back in the Nîmes arenas after three years of absence.

Enrique Ponce: “a designer and a painter”

“LThe first adulterated toro I saw was an Enrique Ponce toro. It had an impact on me because at the time there was less indulto, it was less trendy. There is debate today between benevolence and merit when a toro is pardoned. It’s a controversy and besides, bullfighting is controversial. But pardoning a bull is already a controversial element“, explains the president of the peña Antonio Ordonez. He adds: “we remain very much in love with Poncé in Nîmes. The arenas are a bit like your garden, less than those of Valencia but still your garden. There are bullfighters who are musicians and those who are cartoonists, Ponce embodies both.

At the cartel of the 63rd novillada on Sunday morning: Lalo de Maria and the two Spaniards, Manuel Roman and Samuel Navalon. But will they all become bullfighting stars? Nothing is less sure. “The novillada of the golden cape is located in a journey, the three novilleros are not at the same stage of their journey. Lalo de Maria will take the alternative in September, but the others are still far from it“, explains Gérard Quittard. “There are figures who have had the gold cape and who have become figuras. And others who had the gold cape and who did not become figuras, because it must be remembered: it’s like antibiotics, it’s not automatic”insists the president of the peña.

“There is only one golden cloak”

Gérard Quittard assures us: there is no regionalist favoritism. “We are each products of a territory, so it is true that a Cordovan is not like a Valencian and a Gardois. Temperament also affects the way you roast. There is no favorite, even if Lalo de Maria leaves with the 2023 gold cape. There have been bullfighters who have had the gold cape twice. Nothing is set in stone. The golden cape is an irregular competition and it goes to the one who is most deserving by the jury“, explains the aficionado.

He admits the difficulty sometimes in deciding between the candidates for the golden cape. “It is sometimes difficult to decide between them, like last year between De Maria and Solalito. They both came out in ombros because they had a comparable performance. Some people told me at the end that we should have given two, but there is only one gold cape“, concludes Gérard Quittard.

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