Santa Rosa Palomino Club to lead Roy Rogers Tournament of Roses float in 2012 Rose Parade

Santa Rosa Palomino Club to lead Roy Rogers "Happy Trails" Tournament of Roses float in 2012 Tournament of Roses Parade®

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.

Watch the Happy Trails float honoring Roy Rogers and his palomino horse Trigger in the Tournament of Roses Parade.

Watch the Happy Trails float honoring Roy Rogers and his palomino horse Trigger in the Tournament of Roses Parade®.

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 Club goes on a horseback riding vacation to Southern California

Santa Rosa Palomino Club goes on a horseback riding vacation to Southern California

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.

Take a Tournament of Roses horseback riding vacation to Southern California. Watch Equestfest at the Los Angeles Equestrian Center.

Take a Tournament of Roses horseback riding vacation to Southern California. Watch Equestfest at the Los Angeles Equestrian Center.

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.

Have you ridden a parade horse during a horseback riding vacation? These cowgirls look like they are enjoying their ride in the Tournament of Poses Parade.

Have you ridden a parade horse during a horseback riding vacation? These cowgirls look like they are enjoying their ride in the Tournament of Roses Parade®

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:

Equestfest

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.

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