Today marks the hundredth anniversary of the birth of Celestino Cuadri Vides, mythical cattle rancher of bravo. Born on November 1, 1921, he died at the age of 79 in his Huelva town of Trigueros.
Celestino Cuadri bought in 1954 the cattle ranch that Lancha Vázquez had formed in 1928, with cows and stallions from Juan Belmonte, from Gamero Cívico. A batch of González Camino was added to these cattle, which, in turn, had the blood of Perez de la Concha, Félix Suárez, Villamarta and Molina. When Celestino Cuadri acquired it in 1954, the iron and the currency – purple, yellow and white – varied. Cuadri sacrificed the females derived from the last crossing, keeping those of origin Santa Coloma. Cuadri gave the cattle in 1973 to his sons Fernando, Juan and Luis, and was renamed Hijos de Celestino Cuadri.
From the Huelva farms ‘Comeuñas’ and ‘Cabecilla Pelá’ Notable specimens have come out, awarded at first-class fairs. Thus, at the Fair dand San Isidro 1997, received the award for the most complete bullfight of the cycle, which is why a commemorative tile was discovered in the Patio del Desolladero de Las Ventas. In Cuadri’s livestock, bulls such as ‘Stranger’, fought in Valencia by Luis Francisco Esplá —one of the bullfighters who best knows the encaste—; ‘Colladero’ and ‘Marinero’, fought in 1970 and 1982, respectively, in San Isidro. ‘Colladero’ he won the Mayte trophy for the best bull of the Madrid cycle. ‘Clavellino’ (1993) and ‘Poleo’ (1996), also held at Las Ventas, won important awards.
On the occasion of the centenary of one of the most respected, admired and remembered cattlemen by the fans, the El Toro de Madrid Association has had the gesture of paying homage to him with these lines:
«On a day like today one hundred years ago, he was born in Trigueros (Huelva province) who would give life to one of the most emblematic and particular herds of the campo bravo, forging his own encaste that still bears his name: Mr. Celestino Cuadri Vides.
From the El Toro de Madrid Association we wanted to remember the centenary of the birth of this farmer as a sign of the admiration and respect that this group of fans feels towards this wild cattle breeder who sought the peculiarities of a single bull, pursuing (and exceedingly achieving) integrity, trickery, strength, caste and bravery.
It was from the middle of the 20th century when a young professor of Law at the University of Seville, named Celestino, from a family of farmers in Trigueros and with a great fondness for the Bullfighting Festival, undertakes the difficult task of becoming a cattle rancher, and after twenty-five years of patient alchemy and tenacious labor, culminated his feat with the creation of his own encaste. By then the University of Seville had lost a teacher of universal dimension, but the livestock world took control a genius to the admiration of all fans.
Settled in Trigueros he married doña Juana Vides with whom he had a large family. He had always had clear ideas, and his first intention was to acquire cattle from Santa Coloma and Ibarra. But during those deals he was forced to buy entire litters of Urcola and Pérez de la Concha blood. In the mid-1950s, Don Celestino bought cattle with Belmonte blood from José María Lancha’s cattle ranch. Of all these mixtures and a demanding and meticulous selection Cuadri’s bull is born.
Cuadri’s cattle ranch was presented in public in 1955 in Aracena and in Madrid the April 8, 1956 with a bullfight, obtaining seniority from that date. From then on, and until today in the Las Ventas bullring and generation after generation, there has always been the ‘quadrimania’ for these unique and characteristic specimens that enlarge the legend of the brave cabin.
Celestino Cuadri obtained a type of bull that was extremely suitable for the object for which it was intended. His heirs have remained faithful to those same ideas. These cattle represent a bravur modelto; long, deep, serious, badanudos, formal in their behavior, accredited before the fans, demanding before the bullfighters. Often noble, never foolish. Very in the style of the house that raises them. Livestock, throughout its history, has forged its unique and unprecedented bull model, a genetic miracle recognizable to the naked eye, and he did so based on a series of stallions of sublime transcendence that left their mark on ‘Comeuñas’ and ‘Cabecilla Pelá’.
Since the herd exists, the breeding rules imposed by the farmer have not changed. Its objective is to preserve the bull, central axis of the Festival, in its wild nature offering ideal living conditions. Ideals and essence that his descendants have followed to the letter. The great reputation of this cattle house is explained by the fact that they are true to its legend and to an image that they truly fulfill.
And it is on the centenary of his birth, when we pay tribute to the great fan Don Celestino Cuadri Vides, honors and legend of a romantic rancher from the Spanish campo bravo, creator of a bull and unique encaste.
Long live the Quadris! “