Horses have been part of the Rose Parade since the beginning, with equines pulling flower-decorated carriages on New Year’s Day 1890, when the Valley Hunt Club launched its publicity effort to showcase the beautiful winter weather in Southern California. Even as motorized vehicles began to appear in 1901, horses were still integral to the Tournament’s festivities and today remain the favorite aspect of many parade fans (maybe you?).
For the 2014 Rose Parade, 15 equestrian units will be selected to present their unique style of entertainment. The deadline for consideration is just around the corner, May 15, so if you or someone you know has an outstanding group that can wow the crowd with inspiring showmanship, eye-catching costumes and dramatic tack, make sure an application is submitted soon. Spectacular tricks and stunts are also appreciated!
From very tall Shires to American Miniatures, the Tournament also makes an effort to include a range of different horses among its equestrian participants. Gypsy Cobs and Percherons, Arabians and Aztecas, Curlies and Quarter Horses have all made the slow trot down Colorado Boulevard, as have Mustangs, Paints, Paso Finos, Andalusians and many others.
In addition to the parade itself, the selected equestrian units participate in the popular Equestfest event, presented by our friends at Wells Fargo. This year, it will take place on December 29 at the Los Angeles Equestrian Center. An open paddock lets you get up-close and personal with the horses and riders, and the performances, with drill maneuvers like Shoot the Arrow, Pinwheel and the Whip, plus rope tricks like the Flat Loop, the Wave and the Texas Skip will surely bring out the western in you. Will you be there?by