King Felipe VI has awarded the Gold Medal for Merit in the Fine Arts to the rejoneador Pablo Hermoso de Mendoza at the Teatro Victoria Eugenia de San Sebastián. The rejoneador Navarro receives this important award because 'is unanimously considered as the best bullfighter on horseback in the world and a cornerstone for the modern evolution of rejoneo'.
Hermoso de Mendoza thus becomes the third rejoneador in history to achieve this prestigious award, since Alvaro Domecq already collected the Medal in 1999, while Angel Peralta did it in 2012.
The Gold Medal for Merit of the Fine Arts aims to distinguish the people and entities that eminently stand out in the field of artistic creation, providing designated services or notoriously promoting the teaching, development and diffusion of art or heritage conservation Artistic background.
The Medal to the Fine Arts was established on December 19, 1969, delivering its Gold and Silver medals until 1995. Since 1996, only Gold awards have been awarded, through the jury of the Ministry of Education, Culture and Sport . Since 1996, bull figures, almost uninterruptedly, less than 2011, have received at least one medal to the Fine Arts.
This demonstrates once again that bullfighting is part of our culture and must be demonstrated by public institutions, with all the consequences.
The "taurinos" awarded in its history, are the following:
Antonio Ordoñez- 1996; Curro Romero- 1997; Santiago Martin "El Viti"- 1997; Pepe Luis Vazquez- 1998; Miguel Baez " El Litri"- 1998; Alvaro Domecq- 1999; Antonio Chenel "Antoñete"- 2000; Rafael de Paula- 2001; Manolo Vazquez- 2002; Angel Luis Bienvenida- 2003; Juan Antonio Ruiz "Espartaco"- 2003; Paco Camino- 2004; José María Manzanares- 2005; Enrique Ponce- 2006; Jose Tomas- 2007; Francisco Rivera Ordoñez- 2008; Luis Francisco Espla- 2009; Jose Miguel Arroyo "Joselito"- 2010; Pepin Martin Vazquez- 2010; Angel Peralta- 2012; Victorino Martin-2013; Manuel Benitez "El Cordobes"- 2014; Pablo Hermoso de Mendoza- 2015.