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EquestFest returns this month better than ever!

From Horsetrader sales staff - November 30th, 2018 - Ingate Column

wordpress_column_ingateThe Tournament of Roses EquestFest presented by Wells Fargo, is coming soon to the Los Angeles Equestrian Center in Burbank on Saturday, Dec. 29. Don’t miss the opportunity to be “up close and personal” with your favorite equestrian units from this year’s fabulous parade.
The very first Tournament of Roses parade took place on January 1, 1890, when Grand Marshal Francis Rowland and President Charles Holder mounted their favorite horses and led the Rose Parade through Pasadena. In 1920, the 31st Annual Rose Parade marked the end of the horse-drawn era and ushered in the innovation of motor-driven floats, powered by electric and gasoline engines. Over the years, the organizing committees have recognized and honored the horse-heritage of this great event. This year, 18 of the nearly 90 participants in the Tournament of Roses parade are equestrian.
Talented equestrians have performed many favorite and iconic roles, from pony races and chariot races, to beautiful horse-drawn carriages and horse-drawn floats. A tradition as old as the Tournament of Roses® itself, equestrian units remain an irreplaceable part of America’s New Year Celebration®. A wide variety of horse breeds entertain spectators, each with their own style and grace. Previous breeds have included Curly Horses, American Saddlebreds, Gypsy Cobs, Andalusians, Miniature Horses, Draft Horses, Quarter Horses and more.
ingate_1812aEquestrian units vary greatly with special skills and colorful costumes. The Tournament of Roses considers how each group ties into the Rose Parade theme and continues to honor traditions. There is no minimum or maximum equestrian unit size requirement and average group size is approximately 10-12 riders.
At a special celebration honoring the equestrian units, the Tournament of Roses EquestFest happens each year the Saturday before the parade. It’s an opportunity for each unit to showcase their breed and demonstrate their talent with performances throughout the day. This family-friendly event includes an equestrian show, musical performances, and a food and vendor court. Attendees are invited to stroll through the stables, meet equestrian participants, and participate in educational and interactive exhibits.
Tickets can be purchased in advance at www.SharpSeating.com. Box office ticket sale start at 9:30 am and doors open at 10 am. Show performances start at 12 noon in the Equidome. Vendor court and activities run 10 am–3 pm. The Los Angeles Equestrian Center is located at 480 W. Riverside Dr., Burbank. For more information, visit www.TournamentOfRoses.com.

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