August may still be winding down, but that doesn’t mean planning isn’t well under way for the 2022 Tournament of Roses Parade. Eighteen equestrian units will celebrate New Year’s Day on Colorado Boulevard in Pasadena, CA.
The Pasadena Tournament of Roses® is proud to announce 18 outstanding equestrian groups to ride in the 133rd Rose Parade® presented by Honda, themed “Dream. Believe. Achieve.”
Equestrians participating in the Rose Parade showcase a variety of breeds, as well as unique tack and costumes. All riders must have previous parade riding experience. In addition to riding in the five and a half mile-long Rose Parade route on Saturday, January 1, these equestrian groups are invited to take part in Equestfest on Wednesday, December 29, 2021, at the Los Angeles Equestrian Center. During Equestfest, groups perform trick riding, drills, dancing and roping skills, and attendees can walk through the stables and speak with the riders.
Turning the corner of Orange Grove Blvd. and down Colorado Blvd., the equestrian units make a lasting impression. This fantastic lineup of units will complement the floats and bands that will journey down the five and a half mile route during the 2022 Rose Parade presented by Honda.
2022 Rose Parade Equestrian units (listed alphabetically):
- 1st Cavalry Division Horse Cavalry Detachment (Fort Hood, Texas)
The Horse Cavalry Detachment supports the 1st Cavalry Division and Fort Hood by participating in ceremonies and other events, supporting the U.S. Army in its public relations and recruiting efforts, and preserving and maintaining the standards of drill and traditions of the U.S. Cavalry during the 1800’s.
- Arabian Horse Association (Sierra Madre, California)
The Arabian Horse Association is the single national organization that is the only breed registry that registers Arabian horses in the United States. The Association supports the local community through its Taking the Reins program that serves adolescent girls from throughout the Los Angeles Unified School District to help those girls excel and achieve their fullest potential – “Advancing GirlPower Through Horse Power.”
- Blue Shadows Mounted Drill Team (Castaic, California)
Blue Shadows Mounted Drill Team is a non-profit equestrian organization dedicated to teaching youth in Southern California how to ride horses while learning teamwork skills and responsibility. For over 60 years, they have worked to instill the qualities of horsemanship, teamwork and dedication within their members.
- Budweiser Clydesdales (St. Louis, Missouri)
The Budweiser Clydesdales have been the symbol of Anheuser-Busch for more than 75 years. Traveling thousands of miles each year, the Clydesdales have made hundreds of appearances throughout North America, and occasionally overseas, to meet millions of cheering crowds and happy faces.
- Hawaii Pa’u Riders (Waimanalo, Hawaii)
The Hawaii Pa’u Riders are a unique, colorful and beautiful equestrian unit that perpetuates the Hawaiian art of equestrian riding. Adorned with fresh floral leis made from Hawaiian flowers and colorful pa’u skirts, each princess riding in the group represents the major Hawaiian Islands and brings the Aloha spirit from the great state of Hawaii.
- Horsewomen of Temecula Wine Country (Temecula, California)
The Horsewomen of Temecula Wine Country strive to represent the men and women living within their community in south Riverside County in order to unite efforts to preserve their region’s rural history. The group features various first responders and women leaders of the Temecula community and includes award-winning riders and a trick roper.
- Los Hermanos Banuelos (Altadena, California)
Los Hermanos Banuelos began on the rodeo circuit and continue to tour, performing rope and horse tricks, dancing and prancing steeds, and spinning lassos. The group performs at competitions, schools, fundraisers and other community events. During their shows, they don matching custom-made outfits proudly displaying their Mexican Charro culture.
- Merced County Sheriff Posse (Hilmar, California)
The Merced County Sheriff Posse are award-winning goodwill ambassadors from Merced County. The riders wear specially made uniforms embroidered with hundreds of rhinestones and ride on beautiful, specially crafted sterling silver saddles. In addition to their beautiful horses and tack, the Posse performs many community service activities in the Merced and surrounding areas.
- Mini Therapy Horses (Calabasas, California)
Mini Therapy Horses are a group of highly trained miniature horses that provide comfort, joy and hope to children and adults throughout Southern California. The horses provide a special interaction that can be healing and have a multitude of positive benefits. The Mini Therapy Horses have provided connection, relief and joy through virtual hospital visits throughout the COVID-19 pandemic.
- The New Buffalo Soldiers (Shadow Hills, California)
The New Buffalo Soldiers representing the 10th Regiment, Company H of the U.S. Cavalry was organized in 1992 as a historical interpretation group. The members of today’s The New Buffalo Soldiers are a diverse group of men and women, both active and retired, who hail from a variety of first responder occupations like medical professional, fire suppression, law enforcement and education. All are dedicated to interpreting the life and times of those former slaves and freedmen; soldiers who, during their own era, received little or no recognition for their service to their country. A non-profit organization, The New Buffalo Soldiers, is composed of volunteer historians who endeavor to present, as strictly as possible, the authentic and true depictions of their predecessors using either antique or faithful replicas of the accouterments utilized by the original Buffalo Soldiers and civilians of the era in all appearances and displays.
- Norco Cowgirls Rodeo Drill Team (Norco, California)
The Norco Cowgirls are an all-women, high-speed precision rodeo specialty act that focuses on superior horsemanship, friendship, professionalism and teamwork. The unit honors America and its veterans with their red, white and blue uniforms and support many local charities, including local veterans’ organizations, the Challenged Children’s Rodeo and the Tough Enough to Wear Pink Breast Cancer Campaign.
- Norwegian Fjord Horses (Berthoud, Colorado)
The Norwegian Fjord Horses come from throughout the western United States. The group’s members are enthusiasts of the ancient Fjord breed, which has been traced back to the Viking age. The group wears native Norwegian costumes and provides service in their respective communities in education, physical therapy and emotional therapy.
- Painted Ladies Rodeo Performers (Roseville, California)
Painted Ladies Rodeo Drill Team was established in 1993. In 2003 they renamed the team to PAINTED LADIES RODEO PERFORMERS and are more than just an ordinary drill team. They have been the number one equestrian attraction at the Folsom Pro-Rodeo for 23 years. Their costumes consist of handmade western show shirts, with sequined fringe and hundreds of Swarovski crystals, along with crystal-adorned belts. The group features several mother-daughter pairings.
- Scripps Miramar Ranch – American Saddlebred Horses (San Diego, California)
Scripps Miramar Ranch will be riding their American Saddlebred Pintos, which have been revered for their unusual coats and their alert, expressive faces, arched necks, proud bearing and showy, animated trot. This year, the group’s costumes will reflect their theme of “Rhinestone Cowboy and Cowgirl.”
- Spirit of the West Riders (Leona Valley, California)
Riding on behalf of the John Wayne Cancer Foundation, the Spirit of the West Riders have appeared in Wild West shows, cable television documentaries and feature motion pictures, and have an entertainment value that has been showcased in past Tournament of Roses Equestfest programs.
- USMC Mounted Color Guard (Barstow, California)
As the last remaining Mounted Color Guard in the Marine Corps, the Mounted Color Guard undergo hours of training with a civilian horse trainer and learn how to handle the day-to-day operations of a ranch. Members will ride down the parade route on wild mustangs that have been adopted from the Bureau of Land Management’s Adopt a Burro Program.
- The Valley Hunt Club (Pasadena, California)
The Valley Hunt Club planned the first Rose Parade in 1890 and has participated since its inception. The membership works hard to present a beautifully decorated, authentic period carriage as a reminder to Pasadena of the shared heritage and ongoing dedication to the Rose Parade.
- Victorian Roses Ladies Riding Society (Alpine, California)
The Victorian Roses are costumed in the high-class fashion of the Victorian Era, which the members have designed and sewn. In addition to their beautiful rose-colored dresses, each member carries a matching parasol. The group performs to raise money for horse rescues.
Photo courtesy of the Pasadena Tournament of Roses
Photo courtesy of the Pasadena Tournament of RosesAbout the Pasadena Tournament of Roses® and The Rose Parade® presented by Honda
The Tournament of Roses is a volunteer organization that hosts America’s New Year Celebration® with the Rose Parade® presented by Honda, the Rose Bowl Game® and a variety of accompanying events. The Association’s 935 volunteer members supply more than 80,000 hours of manpower, which will drive the success of 133rd Rose Parade, themed “Dream. Believe. Achieve.,” on Saturday, January 1, 2022, followed by the 108th Rose Bowl Game. For more information, visitwww.tournamentofroses.com. Like us on Facebook and follow us on Twitter, Instagram andYouTube.