"Fourth of July" horse

Celebrating Parade Horses


Happy Independence day America! You can’t have a proper Fourth of July celebration without parade horses and rodeo queens.
 

"rose bowl" cowgirls, horses

Parade horses and rodeo queens


 

Parade horses

I remember proudly riding my silver buckskin Quarter Horse, Cricket, in the Fiesta Day Moraga parade in my youth. My parents were not “horse people” yet they supported my passion for horses both emotionally and financially.

I kept my first horse in a 100 acre pasture behind our house in Northern California.
It would have been difficult to locate the herd of 12 horses early on the morning of Fiesta Days in Moraga. My parents agreed that my horse could stay overnight in a makeshift paddock next to our house. Thank goodness for supportive parents, as riding horseback in a parade is one of my fondest childhood memories.
 

"Cheneyenne Leffler" parade

Cheyenne Leffler rides horseback in Festivals of Aloha parade, Lanai, Hawaii


 

Hawaiian Pau riders

Lucky for me, I happened to be visiting the island of Lanai, Hawaii during Festivals of Aloha parade time. Hawaiian royalty known as Pau riders are selected as princesses based on their riding ability and appearance in their brightly colored satin fabric. Both equestrians and parade horses are draped in Hawaiian flowers. If you have a chance to watch a Hawaiian parade with horses, be sure to look for the Pau riders sharing their aloha spirit.
 

"Sisters, Oregon rodeo" cowgirls

Cowgirls on parade horses at Sisters, Oregon Rodeo

Parade horses and cowgirls

Happy Fourth of July America. I tip my cowboy hat to the hard working rodeo queens, cowgirls and cowboys across the United States celebrating independence day while riding parade horses.
 

"miss rodeo queen" oregon

Oregon Rodeo Queens

Article and photos by Equine Writer Nancy D. Brown. Tournament of Roses cowgirls photo courtesy of Darrel Larson.