This year’s Equestfest, held at The Los Angeles Equestrian Center, brought out over 4000 guests to watch the equestrians who will participate in the 125th Rose Parade on Wednesday, January 1. The Equidome was filled to capacity with standing room only.
The family-friendly festival was presented by Wells Fargo. Visitors were not only able to watch horses and their riders’ demonstations, they were able to meet the riders and take pictures up close.
Vendors from many equestrian groups were on hand offering everything from team shirts, sweatshirts, buttons, belt buckles, pins and more.
The stars of this year’s show were The Budweiser Clydesdales. The large draft horses return to the Rose Parade after not walking in last year’s parade. Before the horses’ presentation at Equestfest, the thousands of visitors got up close got to see the horses’ $80,000 bridles and meet the crew. This year, the Clydesdale team will transport the President of the 2014 Rose Parade, R. Scott Jenkins, along with his wife and family down the parade route.
Another first for this year’s Rose Parade will be the joint mounted units of The Los Angeles Police Department and The Los Angeles County Sheriff Department, who were on hand Sunday, showing the team working together for crowd control. The team will be led by LAPD Chief Charlie Beck, riding an Appaloosa named “Whitewater,” and Sheriff Lee Baca on a Belgian Paint Cross named “Ringo.”
The 125th Rose Parade kicks off at 8:00 a.m. on January 1. For those planning to attend the parade, sunscreen is encouraged as the temperature could be the 70’s by the afternoon.
Photos by MyBurbank.com Chief Photographer Ross A. Benson