There was a time in the history of the Rose Parade when all the equestrian units were required to use silver-mounted tack and dress in Spanish-style attire. Thankfully, this only lasted from 1934 to 1946, because one of the joys for parade viewers is seeing the variety of costumes and historical trappings.
In this series of three articles, we profile the 2014 Rose Parade equestrians. Part 1 presents the groups that represent the Tournament of Roses and honor the military: the US Marine Corps Mounted Color Guard, Budweiser Clydesdales pulling Pres. R. Scott Jenkins, Tournament founders the Valley Hunt Club, parade sponsor Wells Fargo, The New Buffalo Soldiers, The War Horse Foundation, and Los Angeles Police Metropolitan Division Mounted Platoon/Los Angeles County Sheriff’s Mounted Enforcement Detail.
The list attached to this article gives details and interesting facts about each entry. The the second part can be read here, and the third here.
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United States Marine Corps Mounted Color Guard
Torrealba on Fallujah/Sunny. The color guard is Col. Michael Scalise on Iwo-Jima/Norman, Sgt. Maj. Simburger on Okinawa/Dean, Cpl. Bryanna Kessler on Tripoli/Ochoco, and Gy. Sgt. Scott Hubbard on Scoisson/Rookie. The unit is stationed aboard Marine Corps Logistics Base
The Budweiser Clydesdales
Tournament of Roses President R. Scott Jenkins can be credited with returning the beloved Budweiser Clydesdales to the parade, pulling a red, white and gold 1903 Studebaker beer wagon decorated by FTD. In 80 Rose Parade appearances, this is the first time the team has entered as an equestrian unit; in the past, the draft horses pulled a float entry. Riding in the wagon are Jenkins, his wife Cindy, daughters Lindsay and Courtney, son-in-law Garrett, Jenkins’ mother Phyllis, and in-laws Sherm and Marge. Fast facts about the team and trappings are in the article “Budweiser Clydesdales are back in the 125th Rose Parade!”
Valley Hunt Club
Though now run by the 935 members of the Pasadena Tournament of Roses Association, the Rose Parade was founded in 1890 by the Valley Hunt Club. A team of four black Fresians pull the carriage, led by marshal Sarah Babcock and Denise Melone in traditional hunt attire, also mounted on Fresians. The award-winning horses are bred and raised in Visalia by Frank and Gerben Leyendekker.
Harking back to the simplicity of early Rose Parade entries, the Valley Hunt Club rides in a 1868 C.P. Kimball and Company Park Drag Carriage adorned with garlands of red roses and ferns dotted with white lilies. The club is still headquartered in Pasadena, and celebrated its 125th anniversary in 2013. Past appearances are 1890,1892-1897,1914,1964,1979, 1983-2013.
Two red stagecoaches, replicas of a 19th-century Abbott-Downing Co. coach that is displayed with others from the Wells Fargo collection, are pulled by four-horse teams of mustangs and Quarter Horses. Riders, including television Judge Cristina Perez of Justice for All, wear the company’s signature red while the Wells Fargo team is attired clothing typical for the mid- to late-19th century, including fabrics, patterns and styles of that era. The horses are Chico, Fritzie, Candy, Moon, Rudy, Babe, Ranger, Sterling and Libby.
Riders from Foothill Family Services
The 2014 stagecoach riders are from Wells Fargo and Foothill Family Services, a Pasadena-based non-profit whose mission is to build brighter futures for children and families. Riders include Foothill Family Services board member Art Saldivar and CEO Steve Allen, Wells Fargo vice president Erica Tejeda, and the Solorio family and several teenagers who attribute their success stories to the programs at Foothill Family Service. Marshal is Doug Murphy and stagecoach handler is Lovester R. Law.
The New Buffalo Soldiers
In historically accurate uniforms and tack, this unit recreates the lives of men of the African-American Company H, Tenth Regiment of the US Cavalry from post-Civil War through World War I. This entry depicts typical escort duty of an original 1862 US Army Transport Wagon, said to have been abandoned by Gen. Phil Sheridan’s Union Army in 1864 or 1865 on a campaign through North Carolina and discovered by a farmer who concealed it until it was purchased and restored in 2001. It has been on static display until making its maiden voyage in the 2014 Rose Parade. Riding in the wagon is the women’s auxiliary portraying female camp followers who provided services such as laundry, sewing, cooking and medical care.
Horseshoes and shows
Marshal C.F. Brown is also the farrier of the New Buffalo Soldiers, and makes sure each mount has the required non-slip Borium shoes. He does shoeing demonstrations as part of the group’s educational activities. Riders are Brown, August Simien, Jr., founder John Mapp, Clyde Phillips, Emmett Murrell, Larry Thornton, Alan Ginoa, Clifford Smith, Milton Cox, Jerald Hurdle, Harold Linton, Jay Collins, Stevie Flot and Justin Brown on Tennessee Walkers, Missouri Foxtrotters, and one Saddlebred. McClellan saddles, comfortable for the horse but not the rider, are used.
The War Horse Foundation
Dressed in uniforms of various historic units—1815 Royal Scots Greys, 1807 Prussian Lifeguard Hussars, 1812 Barvarian Chevaulegers, 1812 French Cuirassiers and Chaussuers—The War Horse Foundation gives presentations on the history of the Napoleonic and the Regency eras featuring more than 20 distinct cavalry regiments. Riders are marshal Fritz Bronner, Margie Beeson, Katie Becker, Kate Murray, Eloise King, Steve Turner, Jack Dodds, Paige Potter, Karol Kafka, Jim Ingersol, Danielle Splaine, Debbie Rugerio, Melodee Spevack and Taylor Cooper. The horses are Arabians, warmbloods, Quarter Horses and Andalusian. Tack consists of Schabraques under European cavalry saddles and breast collars with brass hearts. Ms. King has been a jockey, steeplechase and hunt rider, three-day eventer, endurance rider and pre-Saint George side-saddle champion.
Los Angeles police and LA County Sheriff’s deputies
With LAPD Chief Charles Beck on the Appaloosa Whitewater and LA County Sheriff Lee Baca on Ringo, a Belgian cross, at the front, the Los Angeles Police Metropolitan Division Mounted Platoon and Los Angeles County Sheriff’s Mounted Enforcement Detail rode side by side on New Year’s Day. Marshals Sgt. Mike Porter and Ofc. Matt Bennyworth carried guidons representing each department. The units were founded at the time of Statehood, and require horsemen and women to qualify as law enforcement officers and to care for their mounts. Sheriff’s deputies purchase and pay expenses for their own horses.