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Kressley, Macfarlane and Saddlebreds for the Rose Bowl Parade


For the second year in a row, Carson Kressley will be riding an American Saddlebred in the 127th Tournament of Roses Parade on New Year’s Day. The theme of this year’s parade is ‘Find Your Adventure.’ Aboard CH Flurry, Carson will ride along the 5 1/2 mile route down Colorado Boulevard. Michele Macfarlane owns the champion Saddlebred. 

Michele will be driving Saddlebreds hitched to an Abbott And Downey Yellowstone park passenger wagon from the late 1800s as a tribute to the National Park system and finding ones adventure in the parks of the American West.

Carson has been riding Saddlebreds for more than 30 years. He
loves the breed for its beauty, heart, and intelligence.  Riding in the Rose Bowl Parade showcases these majestic Saddlebreds to a large number of spectators along the parade route, and an even larger live television viewing audience. The parade will be seen by an estimated 43 million U.S. households, and another 28 million abroad.

On Tuesday, December 29, Carson participated in Equestfest – an elite equestrian show that preludes the Rose Bowl Parade. The event was held at the Los Angeles Equestrian Center in Burbank, CA. Carson rode the former World’s Five-Gaited Grand Champion, Casey’s Final Countdown, who is owned by Michele Macfarlane. Always gracious with the media, Carson was available for interviews. 

These events are great opportunities for viewers to get a glimpse into a celebrity’s passion for animals, history and life outside the silver screen. Kressley grew up in the Shetland and Hackney pony world.  He owns a farm in Pennsylvania and loves his “down time.”  

You can watch for Carson riding in
The Rose Parade as it will be broadcasted live in the U.S. beginning at 8 a.m. PST, 11 a.m. EST, on Friday, January 1, 2016. Check your local broadcast listings for more information.

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