In the vast marshes of the Camargue, the bull is an almost sacred animal. The animals live in semi-freedom, raised by generations of enthusiasts. This is the case of the Laurent family, based in Salin-de-Giraud (Bouches-du-Rhône). In absolute calm, Patrick Laurent and his keepers prepare the horses to meet the bulls. “If we are calm, the animals will be calm, whether it is the horse or the bull“, explains the manadier.
The whole family then participates in the team, to surround the herd and bring out some bulls. “Our job with the horse is face-to-face with the bull who wants to stay with his fellows, but of course we have to go, at work as every morning“, adds Patrick Laurent, who sees his work as”a real passion“going up to”wake up at nightHis 17-year-old son Paul will soon take over.
Bulls are bred to be champions of the arenas. No killing in the Camargue races: the men in white simply try to recover attributes fixed on the head of the bull. The best Camargue bull is awarded each year with a trophy, the Biòu d’or. “It’s pride and we work for it“, recognizes Henri Laurent, Patrick’s father. The particular atmosphere of the region and the charm of the herds are attracting more and more artists. The Laurent family has not finished telling its story …
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