• Short Summary

    The Basque people of Northern Spain have many unique sports and pastimes, but perhaps the most remarkable of all is that of oxen rock-dragging.

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    The Basque people of Northern Spain have many unique sports and pastimes, but perhaps the most remarkable of all is that of oxen rock-dragging. Fifty teams of oxen took part this year at the main centre for the sport, the village of Berriz, where the annual meeting takes place in a specially-built stadium, and lasts a week.

    The idea of the sport is for the competing teams of oxen to drag a 2000-kilo (two-ton) rock up and down a 25-metres (83 feet) cobbled course called a 'calvo', as many times as possible in thirty minutes.

    The Basques are natural gamblers, and wager big money at the rock-dragging events, for which the prizes are quite small. Many famous people are interested, including Spanish heavy-weight boxer Jose Urtain, who owns a team, and broke training to attend the meeting.

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    Film ID:
    VLVACOK6ZGHTFKUIHZ5J3AEBW33S3
    Media URN:
    VLVACOK6ZGHTFKUIHZ5J3AEBW33S3
    Group:
    Reuters - Including Visnews
    Archive:
    Reuters
    Issue Date:
    18/01/1972
    Sound:
    Unknown
    HD Format:
    Available on request
    Stock:
    Colour
    Duration:
    00:02:05:00
    Time in/Out:
    /
    Canister:
    N/A

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