2017 Rose Parade equestrian line up announced


by Laura Berthold Monteros

Medieval Times at 2016 Rose Parade. copyright Ramona Monteros.
Medieval Times at 2016 Rose Parade. Copyright Ramona Monteros.

The 20 equestrian groups that will participate in the 128th Tournament of Roses Parade on Jan. 2, 2017 were announced today. There are some old favorites, some newcomers, and some returning groups. Missing after 68 years of riding down Colorado Blvd. is the Long Beach Mounted Police, but the Victorian Roses Ladies Riding Society, which last rode in the 2015 Rose Parade, is back. The eight new groups in the list are marked with a .

Equestrians are chosen to showcase different breeds, costumes, and tack as well as for their ability to entertain the crowds along the parade route.  All riders must have previous parade experience.  The units are invited to participate in Equestfest presented by Wells Fargo on Dec. 29, 2015 at the Los Angeles Equestrian Center.  Equestfest is an opportunity for groups to show off their riding, roping and shooting skills.  The stables are open for visitors. Sharp Seating has tickets available on their website.


2017 Rose Parade Equestrians

  • 1st Cavalry Division Horse Cavalry Detachment (Fort Hood, Texas)
  • Backcountry Horsemen of Calif. – Mid-Valley Unit (Sonora, Calif.)
  • Budweiser Clydesdales (St. Louis, Miss.)
  • California Highway Patrol Mounted Patrol Unit (Sacramento, Calif.)
  • Kern County Sheriff’s Mounted Posse (Bakersfield, Calif.)
  • Los Hermanos Bañuelos Charro Team (Altadena, Calif.)
  • Mane Attraction Equestrian Drill Team (Riverside, Calif.)
  • Medieval Times Dinner and Tournament (Buena Park, Calif.)
  • The New Buffalo Soldiers (Shadow Hills, Calif.)
  • The Norco Cowgirls & The Little Miss Norco Cowgirls Rodeo Drill Team (Norco, Calif.)
  • Philippine Scouts Heritage Society – U.S. Army’s 26th Cavalry Regiment (Los Angeles, Calif.)
  • Santa Barbara County Sheriff Mounted Enforcement Unit (Santa Barbara, Calif.)
  • Scripps Miramar Saddlebreds (San Diego, Calif.)
  • Seven Oaks Farm Miniature Therapy Horses (Hamilton, Ohio)
  • Spirit of the West Riders (Leona Valley, Calif.)
  • Union Rescue Mission – Los Angeles (Los Angeles, Calif.)
  • United States Marine Corps Mounted Color Guard (Barstow, Calif.)
  • Valley Hunt Club (Pasadena, Calif.)
  • Victorian Roses Ladies Riding Society (San Diego, Calif.)
  • Wells Fargo Stagecoaches (Los Angeles, Calif.)