HISTORY, ANTIQUITY AND UNIQUENESS OF THE FESTIVAL
This festival was created in order to recover the origins of Gallo Piñeiro, and also the Hen Piñeira and to value this product through the exhibition of the best pairs of poultry breed bantams piñeira and hens of Galicia and subsequent free tasting of this product. This species, which until now was in danger of disappearing in the municipality, thanks to the Gallo Piñeiro Festival is expanding its production and marketing in the Council of O Pino.
According to studies carried out by Agalpi (Galician Association for Recovery, Defense and Production of the Hen Piñeira) the species of roosters and hens pineiras was introduced in Galicia, more specifically in the region of Arzúa and with special incidence in the Municipality of O Pino. As its sais, brought its the Celts People for recreational use in cockfights, but then were other civilizations which brought other varieties of roosters and chickens that were appearing over time, but despite the great racial diversity, its genetic potential allowed return social interest which at one time had piñeira hen.
In the Municipality of O Pino, a well-known veterinarian, Jesús García Rodríguez, began investigating on the characteristics of this kind of hen and rooster Piñeiro. It departed the initiative to the Council, seeking the recovery of this breed.
Gallo Piñeiro Festival and Horse Exhibition is a way to recall the origins of this poultry species in this Council, promoting race piñeira among the participants to the festival and encourage their production and marketing.
In order to enhance and liven up the festival, combines the Competition of Roosters Living with a Horse Shows that aims to display the best examples of mares and thoroughbred horses and crusaders of the Municipality of O Pino and its region. This event allows you to know and enjoy a beautiful and particular sport such as horse riding, since different equestrian exhibitions are held: domas, trotting, career... This celebration is not only intended for amateurs and professional of this mode, but also to those more inexperienced can observe and be interested in equine specimens extraordinary participating in this horse shows.
The uniqueness of this festival is mainly in the fight for the recovery of the self, the recovery of the breed of the rooster and hen piñeira, concentrating on this event to the breeders of this species and recognise with awards to the best specimens of rooster and hen breed piñeira raised in O Pino.
Race of roosters and chickens pineiras is little widespread in Galicia. There are other parties within the Galician geography also performing events in which it is exalt the rooster of poultry, does not exist anywhere else in Galicia, which is not the Council of O Pino, where this species "piñeira" will boost.
Other characteristic features of hen piñeira are their beautiful plumage (feathers are especially interesting for the manufacture of fishing bait) and its medium-sized formation, atlantic type. It has a crest in pink, pyramid head, oval red ears, legs and beak of yellow and orange-yellow eyes. The eggs are cream-coloured clear and weigh between 55 and 65 grams. About the weight of own hens, they oscillate between the 2.2 and 2.5 kilos.
The roosters piñeiros present the wild type with golden cloak and ventral area and black capes, weighing between three or three kilos and a half.