EquestFest – Pre Rose Bowl Activities

January 2, 2011

Last year, we saw the floats post Rose Bowl. This year, because I am much better organized, I thought it would be grand to catch as much pre Rose Bowl activities as possible. Mishy was game so I bought tickets over the phone and picked them up in person. Our first entry into Rose Bowl 2010 – EquestFest.  Located at the Los Angeles Equestrian Center in Burbank, CA, EquestFest features horses which will be marching in the parade along with the floats. EquestFest is their time to shine.

Twenty-four EquestFest units participated including a group of prize winning Peruvian horses, Southern California Peruvian Paso Horse Club, All American Cowgirl Chicks – who rode into the field full speed, carrying a flag and sometimes not holding on to the reins!,  The Hermanos Banuelos – who provided several moments of fabulous lasso twirling. Their message is to show respect to children, parents, teachers, siblings, and animals.

Right before intermission, children aged 12 and under are invited inside the stable to dig for sliver dollars – actual Sacagawea dollars. Parents need to sign a waiver and it’s a good idea to sign this waiver prior to the event. We ran to participate and when we got on the field, I started digging. I really wanted to find a dollar for Mishy. I told Mishy to dig and she looked horrified. She told me to get up – why am I getting my hands dirty? – how can I carry her with my dirty hands? – I need to wash my hands right away. I told her, we’re digging for dollars. And she asked me why. I told her so we can keep them as souvenirs. When we were told to stop digging and Mishy looked all around her – seeing who got dollars and who didn’t, she asked if I found any. I told her no. She told me to dig! I told her I couldn’t anymore and we all had to leave the field. Tractors were coming and the tractors came to prepare the field for after the intermission.

During intermission, audience members could walk around the center and meet some of the horses. They could also do a fair amount of shopping for horse related products – hand designed horseshoes, stuffed animals in the shape of horses, marionette horses, etc. We bought a Cowgirl Calendar and got it signed by Mandee – who is on the month of November page. Children 46 inches and taller could ride a stimulated horse and watch a video trail ride – which there was a long line for and Mishy is not tall enough yet to ride the stimulated horse. A real horse yes, but not a pretend one – or at least not this one.

After the intermission, the Calvary came to participate in the show and we left. The Calvary came with their guns to shoot balloons and it was too loud and scary.

I would suggest earplugs for sensitive ears and being prepared to exit when it gets too loud or violent. (The Medieval Times Unit was too violent in my opinion for my daughter .) We arrived about half an hour after the show began and were able to get front row seats because the seats reserved for Wells Fargo guests had been opened up for regular audience members by the time we arrived.

Details:

Here is the link of EquestFest 2010

http://www.tournamentofroses.com/the-rose-parade/events/detail/equestfest-presented-by-wells-fargo

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