HISTORIA

Img A BRIEF OVERVIEW OF OUR HISTORY

The Reales Maestranzas de Caballería are noble and equestrian societies founded by private gentlemen in the last third of the seventeenth century, and transformed along the eighteenth century in Royal patronage public institutions dedicated to equestrian training of Cavalry officers and the promotion of breeding. With the advent of the constitutional system, around 1836, the five surviving Reales Maestranzas -another ten of them miscarried- became noble and courtesan equestrian entities, officially recognized by the State.

In order to preserve the Spanish equestrian tradition, and to equip the northern territories of the Iberian Peninsula -the ancient kingdoms of Castile and Leon- with its own institution of maestranza, the Maestranza de Caballería de Castilla was founded in the city of Segovia, on January 6th of 1992, under the auspices and protection of the Count of Barcelona (father of H.M. the King Don Juan Carlos), the most eminent Segovian of the twentieth century -who deigned to accept the appointment of Protector and First Maestrante-, and by the instigation of the Marquis of Arco and the Marquis of La Floresta, Chronicler of Arms of Castile and Leon, to which soon joined many gentlemen of the Junta de Nobles Linajes of Segovia (Board of Noble Families of Segovia, founded in 1304). It was authorized and registered by the Civil Government of Segovia in March 5th of 1992.

The Maestranza de Caballería de Castilla has sought, from the very beginning, to bring together both members of the most unblemished historical Spanish nobility (composed exclusively, as the Supreme Court in its judgment of February 16th of 1988, by the Grandees of Spain and the Kingdom Titles, with their children, and with the knights and ladies of the Real Cuerpo de la Nobleza de Madrid and of the five Reales Maestranzas de Caballería de Seville, Granada, Valencia, Zaragoza and Ronda), and European nobility, and those who are part of the modern aristocracy of merit and service to the common good and res publica, and so the enjoy personal nobility.

The official recognition of the Maestranza de Caballería de Castilla took place in June 19th of 2016, when H.M. the King Philip VI, by proposal of the Government of Castile and Leon and with the approval report of the Ministry of Foreign Affairs and Cooperation, invested with the Cravatte of Honour of the Royal Order of Isabella the Catholic, the highest public decoration to be granted to a Corporation or entity in the Kingdom of Spain -which, by the way, no other nobiliary or chivalric Order nor Corporation in the Kingdom of Spain was ever granted with-. This highest honour oblige us even more to stay working on the values of the western civilization.

The emblem of the Maestranza de Caballería de Castilla is an oval containing the golden Royal Band of Castile (Order founded in 1330) on a red field, surrounded by the motto Castilla, Castilla, Castilla (the cry of proclamation of the ancient Kings of Castile and Leon), headed by the Royal Crown of Spain and under the oval the Cross of the Royal Order of Isabella the Catholic. The insignia of the Knights Maestrantes are, as usual, in a scallop and a plaque. The scallop is wore oaround the neck hanging by a golden military trophy, and the set is pending of a dark blue ribbon with broad scarlet stripe (in memory of the Royal Artillery Corp, whose birthplace is the city of Segovia). Ladies wear this insignia on their chest, pending of a lace with those colors. The plaque is golden and shows the corporate emblem on a glossy crimson red flash in lozenge.

The corporate uniform consists in a navy blue tunic, with vivid red cuffs and collar, and topped by double wide silver braid, as weell as loops and buttons; on the left forearm, a golden silken embroided distinction emblem, as memory of the grant to the Maestranza by H.M. the King Philip VI of the Cravatte of Honour of the Royal Order of Isabella the Catholic. Navy blue pants with wide red stripe (in tribute to the Royal Spanish Artillery, which home is Segovia). And a blue and red cap with red seam and a silver tassel, and red cocarde (colour of Spain).

Under the protection of Our Lady of Fuencisla, Patroness of Segovia, in this year have completed the first twentyfive years of the existence of the Maestranza de Caballería de Castilla, during which it has been dedicated to promote equestrian activities in Segovia, and also meeting regularly in a solemn annual reunion.