Anyone remotely interested in those (usually) tall four-legged things with long noses and fur they call horses, will know that the Novena celebrations in honour of Our Lady Queen of the Angels, patron saint of Jimena, includes a whole area, plus marquee, for them, as well as their mounts. It is run by the Peña Caballista El Estribo, a large group of local riding enthusiasts whose aim is to promote the world of horses and associated activities. Among other things, they take part in most if not all the parades around the village, have donkey and/or mule races, riding exhibitions and games and a lot more. See the El Estribo programme below, and check the Novena's FULL PROGRAMME HERE.>
FRIDAY, Sep 3
19.30 Parade through Estación streets. Meeting at the Bomberos building, and following the parade at a distance to avoid problems with people on foot. Prizes for best turned out horse & rider, and best horse (Prize-giving at marquee later)
SATURDAY, Sep 4
17.00 Muleteering exhibition by recently-created El Atajarre association.
After that The very popular Donkey Race, plus the angarillas and garrucha (photo above) races.
And after that Members dinner at the Marquee, scheduled to start at 22.00 (but remember schedules are not this organizations forte)
SUNDAY, Sep 5
Midday (approx. 14.00 in Southern Spain) Riding exhibition and popular carrera de cintas (ribbon race on horseback)
NOTE: ALL HORSES AND RIDERS MUST LEAVE THE FERIA AREA BY 5 PM, INCLUDING STREETS AND OTHER PLACES WHERE NOVENA PROCESSION TAKES PLACE.