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Essential Reading to Understand the Cowboys of Provence

Summer days in Provence are bathed in sunshine and surrounded by a chorus of cicadas. In the Bouches du Rhone, the blinding blue skies and sweltering heat are also prime time for village festivals surrounding horse and bull events.

Chevaux Horses in Provence #ExploreProvence @PerfProvence

Taureaux Fete du village in Provence #ExploreProvence @PerfProvence

These horsemen and women are extremely talented frequently testing the limits of their riding skills as their horse is at full gallop on paved streets. They are equally agile in the rodeo ring with events such as the Course Camarguaise, and there is an impressive and growing number of cowboys focused on western rodeo including as Olivier Bourillon.

Cours Camargaise Cowboys #Provence #ExploreProvence @PerfProvence

Cours Camargaise Cowboys #Provence #ExploreProvence @PerfProvence

Cours Camargaise Cowboys #Provence #ExploreProvence @PerfProvence

Need a little guidance on this cowboy culture?

Make sure to read the Letters from the Fete de Village – an ABC guide for this equine tradition and the reason for the party the Fete de la St Laurent in Eygalières.

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Fete du village Horses #Provence #ExploreProvence @PerfProvence

Fete du village Cowboys #Provence #ExploreProvence @PerfProvence

Fete du village Horses #Provence #ExploreProvence @PerfProvenceThe season finale for these gardians (cowboys) is called the Festival D’Abrivado, which is held in Saintes Maries de la Mer every November 10th and 11th.  Here are the fast facts in a video of this event that takes place on a Mediterranean beach in front of thousands of spectators.

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Carolyne Kauser-Abbott

Carolyne Kauser-Abbott

With her camera and laptop close at hand, Carolyne has traded in her business suits for the world of freelance writing and blogging. Her first airplane ride was at six-months old, her introduction to the exciting world of travel.

While in Provence, Carolyne can be found hiking with friends, riding the hills around the Alpilles or tackling Mont Ventoux. Her attachment to the region resonates in Perfectly Provence this digital magazine that she launched in 2014. This website is an opportunity to explore the best of the Mediterranean lifestyle (food & wine, places to stay, expat stories, books on the region, travel tips, real estate tips and more), through our contributors' articles.

Carolyne writes a food and travel blog Ginger and Nutmeg. Carolyne’s freelance articles can be found in Global Living Magazine, Avenue Magazine and City Palate (Published Travel Articles).

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