Tuesday, January 10, 2012

Invitation to Participate with SCPPHC Parade Group Extended to all members!

Hello All,
The So Cal Peruvian Paso Horse Club is going to pursue another bid for the 2013 Rose Parade. Considering that we have been in the last three consecutive parades and the rejection rate is 50%, we seem to be holding our own, but no guarantees. This year, the club has created a hosting program for out-of-state riders. Those who do, know that parade riding makes for long days, long trips and added expenses for attire, decorations, gas, lodging and insurance! We recognize how difficult it would be for teams from out of the state to make it to California, spend the necessary time and money and then the trip home. So, we are posing a host program which will provide riders with a ranch to stay and house their horse. We and the Tournament of Roses parade application ask for a 24 month resume from horse and rider. Obviously, the parade committee is most concerned about the experience of the horse in a parade environment.

The So Cal club would charge insurance costs for the club and the parade itself; about $100. Our guests would arrive in California before the Equesfest activities in Burbank...usually 2-3 days ahead of the parade. You would be our guest at the Equestrian Party the night before Equestfest. This is a big dinner hosted by Wells Fargo Bank in a variety of facilities near Burbank. The following day is the Equestfest Performance in Burbank with the Cal team. We would likely not include the out-of-state riders in the performance due to practice requirements. But, all will enjoy the show and contribute to ground support.

So, this is a unique opportunity to be able to participate in the Big One on New Years Day...2013. The energy of this parade is like no other equestrian experience. The first 1.5 miles is the true challenge given the incredible crowd, noise, street activities, cameras..above and below, floats with odd designs, noises and activities, bands, flag twirling....you get the drift. Even the best parade horses get very excited in this environment. But we have had successful teams with good horses and all have a blast! As a participant, you also have the opportunity to purchase the unique Rose Parade Buckle and their plaque with a team photo on the parade route.

The parade is 5.5 miles. From "the pit" (staging area) to the insertion point is about .75 miles and after the end of the parade, about another .75 miles. So, plan on a 7 mile ride...about 4 hours in the saddle. (We all use borium shoes, but there is a special form to allow barefoot horses...although, I do not recommend it.) The committee has lunch waiting when we finish. If you are possibly interested, please contact me directly for more details. The parade application is due in mid-May, so plans are rolling now. We hope to be accepted again and then have a significant number of Peruvians on Colorado Blvd....where you will also often hear: "Viva Peru" from the audience!

Thank You
Danell Adams