Deadline for Equestrian Entry Applications is May 15, 2013

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?).

Horses played a key role in the very first Rose Parade in 1890.

Horses played a key role in the very first Rose Parade in 1890.

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!

The Valley Hunt Club still participates in the parade it started. In 2013, representatives rode in a 1868 C.P. Kimball and Company Park Drag Carriage pulled by four Friesian horses.

The Valley Hunt Club still participates in the parade it started. In 2013,
representatives rode in a 1868 C.P. Kimball and Company Park Drag Carriage
pulled by four Friesian horses.

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.

Rope tricks by the Hermanos Bañuelos Charro Team impress the crowd at Equestfest.

Rope tricks by the Hermanos Bañuelos Charro Team impress the crowd at Equestfest.

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?

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