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.
LV Village of Berriz, MS village sign
MV Oxen into village square
SCU Oxen enter building where rock dragging takes place
SCU Oxen and driver PAN TO rock
MV Bookmakers taking bets
CU Oxen being chained to rock
SCU PAN Bookmakers and audience
MV Driver and oxen dragging rock followed by man with excrement pan
SCU Driver turns oxen and rock round
CU Feet of oxen and rock going past
SCU Driver beats oxen with stick and drives them up course (4 shots)
MV Oxen and driver complete course, completed laps and time on board.
CU Sweating driver and exhausted oxen
CU Excrement being collected from animals
SCU Driver spars with Spanish boxer Urtain.
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SPORT: OXEN ROCK-DRAGGING
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Background: 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.