Tournament of Roses Horseback Riding Vacation
Imagine watching 100 palomino horses walk down Ellis Street, ending at Paloma Street – named for the Palominos – I don’t think so – during the Tournament of Roses Parade®. On Monday, January 2, this equestrian entourage will lead the “Happy Trails” float, one of the largest floats in the parade, honoring Cowboy Roy Rogers.
Roy Rogers King of the Cowboys
In celebration of Roy Rogers’ 100th birthday, RFD-TV is honoring the “King of the Cowboys” with a float titled “Happy Trails” in the Tournament of Roses Parade® on January 2, 2012. “Happy Trails,” one of the largest floats in the parade, is 75 feet long, with a 35-foot-tall classic image of Rogers. The Rose Parade® will broadcast live on RFD-TV from 10 a.m. to 1 p.m. EST. The RFD-TV “Happy Trails” float is scheduled to be the final float in the 123rd Tournament of Roses Parade®. Rose Parade is a registered trademark of the Pasadena Tournament of Roses Association.
Santa Rosa Palomino Horse Club
One hundred golden palominos with riders will lead the RFD-TV float down the Pasadena parade route with Roy’s son and grandson, Dusty and Dustin Rogers, singing “Happy Trails” to the crowd along the way as the entourage rides off into the sunset.
RFD-TV called out to riders to bring their palominos and participate in this once-in-a-lifetime tribute to Roy Rogers, on national TV. Some participants riding in the palomino entourage include Long Beach Mounted Police, Kings County Sheriff’s, Merced County Sheriff’s, Santa Rosa Palomino Club, U.S. Marshals Posse, RFD-TV Roy Rogers Riders Club and veterinarian and humorist Baxter Black.
Equestfest in Burbank, California
If you will be in Pasadena for the Tournament of Roses Parade®, you might want to check out Equestfest, the pre-parade gathering of the equestrians who participate in the Rose Bowl Parade. Held on December 30 at the Los Angeles Equestrian Center in Burbank, California, Equestfest takes place from 11:30 a.m. to 3:00 p.m. with the equestrian show beginning at noon. Admission is $15. 00 per person.
Tournament of Roses Parade® Horses
Have you ridden a parade horse during a horseback riding vacation? I once rode my horse in our local Walnut Festival parade in the 1970’s and I remember it as being very special. If you’ll be attending the Tournament of Roses, here are some tips for watching the Rose Bowl Parade.
If You Go:
Los Angeles Equestrian Center
480 Riverside Drive, Burbank, CA 91506
You may purchase tickets prior to Equestfest through www.sharpseating.com or by calling (626) 795-4171.
Santa Rosa Palomino Club photos courtesy of their Facebook page, Tournament of Roses cowgirls photo courtesy of Darrel Larson.