• 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.

  • Description

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    LV Village of Berriz, MS village sign
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    2.
    MV Oxen into village square
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    3.
    SCU Oxen enter building where rock dragging takes place
    0.23

    4.
    SCU Oxen and driver PAN TO rock
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    5.
    MV Bookmakers taking bets
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    6.
    CU Oxen being chained to rock
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    SCU PAN Bookmakers and audience
    0.45

    8.
    MV Driver and oxen dragging rock followed by man with excrement pan
    0.58

    9.
    SCU Driver turns oxen and rock round
    1.02

    10.
    CU Feet of oxen and rock going past
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    11.
    SCU Driver beats oxen with stick and drives them up course (4 shots)
    1.36

    12.
    MS Onlookers
    1.39

    13.
    MV Oxen and driver complete course, completed laps and time on board.
    1.50

    14.
    CU Sweating driver and exhausted oxen
    1.58

    15.
    CU Excrement being collected from animals
    2.03

    16.
    SCU Driver spars with Spanish boxer Urtain.
    2.08



    Initials BB/2210 CM/MR/BB/2353


    SPORT: OXEN ROCK-DRAGGING

    Script is copyright Reuters Limited. All rights reserved

    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.

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  • Data

    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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