Tournament of Roses President R. Scott Jenkins announced the lineup of equestrian units for the 125th Rose Parade, to be held on Jan. 1, 2014. The press release, emailed late Wednesday afternoon, listed 16 entries.
Some are returning from 2013, while others are new, and some have been in the parade in the past. The Budweiser Clydesdales, which have been absent from the parade in the past three years, are a welcome return. All riders must have previous experience appearing in parades. They are selected to showcase a variety of breeds as well as impressive and unique tack and costumes.
In an interview with Tournament of Roses Examiner earlier this year, Jenkins stated that in addition to cutting the number of equestrian entries from 21 to 15, he wanted the groups to be able engage parade-goers and broadcast viewers with performances.
The 16 groups, listed alphabetically with their marshals, are
- All American Cowgirl Chicks, Marshal: Trish Lynn
- Budweiser Clydesdales, Marshal: Doug Bousselot
- Calizona Appaloosa Horse Club, Marshal: Leslie Foxvog
- Hermanos Bañuelos Charro Team, Marshal: Ramon Bañuelos
- Los Angeles Police Metropolitan Division Mounted Platoon/Los Angeles County
- Sheriff’s Mounted Enforcement Detail, Marshal: Michael Porter
- The Martinez Family, Marshal: Benny Martinez
- Medieval Times Dinner & Tournament, Marshal: Dave Manuel
- The New Buffalo Soldiers, Marshal: C.F. Brown
- The Norco Cowgirls Rodeo Drill Team, Marshal: Mychon Bowen
- Norwegian Fjord Horse Registry, Marshal: Teressa Kandianis
- Scripps Miramar Saddlebreds, Marshal: Michele Macfarlane
- Spirit of the West Riders, Marshal: Phil Spangenberger
- United States Marine Corps Mounted Color Guard, Marshal: Gunnery Sgt.
- Daniel Garcia
- Valley Hunt Club, Marshal: Marshal: Sarah Babcock
- War Horse Foundation, Marshal: Fritz Bronner
- Wells Fargo, Marshal: Doug Murphey
In addition to riding in the 5 1/2 mile long Rose Parade on New Year’s Day, equestrian units will participate in Equestfest, which takes place on Dec. 29, 2013, at the Los Angeles Equestrian Center. Groups perform trick riding, drills, dancing and roping skills and attendees can walk through the stables and speak with the riders. Tickets are available from Sharp Seating.
The theme of the 125th Rose Parade and 100th Rose Bowl Game on Jan. 1, 2014 is “Dreams Come True” The Tournament of Roses is a celebration that lasts several weeks in the fall and winter, Keep following your Tournament of Roses Examiner for the latest news and for upcoming announcements.
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