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ingate the EquestFest returns Dec. 29…bet er than ever! G from horsetrader sales staff


et up-close and personal with the 2018 Rose Parade equestrian units at EquestFest, scheduled


for Friday, Dec. 29, at the Los Angeles Equestrian Center. Presented by Wells Fargo, EquestFest gives the public a chance to watch beautiful horses and talented riders perform drills and dances and demonstrate trick riding and roping, as well as the chance to stroll through the stables, talk to rid- ers and learn about the various tack and the many diff erent breeds while enjoying the vendor court, dis- plays, great music, food and drinks. Tournament of Roses President Lance


Tibbet is proud to announce 20 outstanding equestrian groups will ride in the 129th Rose Parade, presented by Honda this year with a theme of “Making a Diff erence.” The equestrian groups selected are (listed alpha- betically): 1st Cavalry Division Horse Cavalry Detachment (Fort Hood, Texas); Broken Horn Ropers (Baldwin Park); Budweiser Clydesdales (St. Louis, Mo.); California Highway Patrol Mounted Patrol Unit (Sacramento); Long Beach Mounted Police, Los Angeles County Sheriff ’s Department Mounted Enforcement Detail; the Los Angeles Police Department Metropolitan Division Mounted Platoon, Honor Guard, Bagpipe & Drum Band; Los Hermanos Bañuelos Charro Team (Altadena); Mane At raction Equestrian Drill Team (Riverside); Mini Therapy Horses (Calabasas, California); The New Buff alo Soldiers (Shadow Hills); the Norco Cowgirls & The Lit le Miss Norco Cowgirls Rodeo Drill Teams; Ramona - California’s Offi cial Outdoor Play (Hemet); Scripps Miramar Ranch (San Diego); So Cal Mini Horse Sanctuary, Inc. (Hemet); Spirit of the West Riders (Leona Valley, California); United States Marine Corps Mounted Color Guard (Barstow); The Valley Center Vaqueros (Valley Center); The Valley Hunt Club (Pasadena); and the Wells Fargo Stagecoaches (Meeker, Okla.) Equestrians participating in the Rose


Parade showcase a variety of breeds as well as unique tack and costumes. Riding in the fi ve-and-a-half-mile long Rose Parade route


on New Year’s Day is a prestigious honor. Riding groups are selected by application months prior to the event and these groups are available for public viewing and interac- tion during the EquestFest event. The Tournament of Roses is a volunteer


organization that hosts America’s New Year Celebration® with the Rose Parade® present- ed by Honda, the Rose Bowl Game® present- ed by Northwestern Mutual and a variety of accompanying events. 935 volunteer mem- bers of the association will drive the success of 129th Rose Parade. The Los Angeles Equestrian Center is


located at 480 W. Riverside Drive in Burbank. The gates will open at 10 a.m., with the ven- dor court and activities planned from 10 a.m. to 3 p.m. The equestrian show in the main arena is scheduled to take place from noon to 2 p.m., rain or shine. Tickets are available at www.sharpseat-


ing.com. With winter rains coming, those who


don’t have pasture turnouts, will face a constant—and oſt en losing—bat le to keep ahead of the mud and odor problems asso- ciated with stabling. Dry Stall, Cedar Dry, Best Cedar and Best Pine help create opti- mal living conditions for a horse to be out- side in all but the most inclement weather. Most horse lovers who board their horses in outside paddocks are continually searching for a suitable bedding. In winter, when installing any DryStall


product before the rains, simply cover the entire stall to a thickness of at least two inches. If installing aſt er the rains, simply remove the muck and cover the entire stall or just place the product over the mud. Summer application of all our products will break up the hard clay and leave a safe, soſt footing for your horse. For best results, pre-wet the stall area and spread the product of choice to a thickness of two to four inches. The horse will work the material into the ground, or you can speed up the conditioning process by mixing, spading or rototilling the product into the soil. The mud stops here! For more info, see


the ad on page 57, or call (949) 636-8102 to order yours today!


Looking for the best boarding facilities


with a variety of amenities and stabling options? Then turn to the California Horsetrader and Horsetrader.com to fi nd the facility that’s just right for you. Anaheim Equestrian Center/ Rancho Del Rio Stables off ers Lessons, Boarding, Training, and a Feed & Tack Store in Historic Anaheim. Courtship Ranch, located off the 210 near Hansen Dam, Sunland, and Tujunga area, is a private boarding facility off ering a variety of stabling options, trail access, covered arena and round pens, and in-house trainers. At Deer Springs Equestrian locat- ed in San Marcos, you can ride in comfort all winter in their lighted covered arena, and they off er 24’× 24’ covered pipe corrals, 7 arenas, turnouts, round pen, access to trails; take lessons and training from a variety of professional trainers; and they have a feed and supply store right on site. Huntington Central Park Equestrian Center (HCPEC) is situated on 25 acres of beautiful, sea breezed land in Orange County, California, just two miles from the beach with multiple trainers and arenas, annual horse shows in several disciplines, a wedding venue, and more than 150 acres of public trails. The Los Angeles Equestrian Center off ers complete boarding facilities with access from our property perimeter to over 50 miles of Griffi th Park horse trails. LAEC is amenity full with over 20 professional trainers, 17 riding arenas, and the covered Equidome. Rancho de Felicidad, as the name implies, it is a ranch of happiness. Located in Chino Hills, they off er horse boarding, training, les- sons, and lay-ups in a relaxing atmosphere and welcome beginning as well as experi- enced riders. San Pasqual Valley Ranch located in the San Diego county foothills just east of Escondido, provides many stabling options, all lighted jumping, sand, sorting, cut ing, and rodeo arenas for great eve- ning riding and lessons. Choose from their accomplished western and English trainers. See our ad index on page 82 to fi nd your next boarding home. Visit horsetrader.com for many more boarding options closer to your home—just type in the word “boarding” into the search bar!


The In Gate column is composed by the sales staff at the California Horsetrader. If you would like to put the California Horsetrader and horsetrader.com to work for you, please call the display sales staff at 760/546-1184, or e-mail to: lori.wilson@horsetrader.com


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