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Scripps Miramar American Saddlebreds Shine Again in the 2019 Rose Parade



The Scripps Miramar Ranch of San Diego, California had their American Saddlebreds in perfect order and presented to the world for the 130th Rose Parade® presented by Honda. The owner of Scripps Miramar Ranch, Michele Macfarlane, is the incredible individual who makes this all possible. Macfarlane and her Scripps Miramar team dedicate an immense amount of time, effort, and resources to continue to present the beautiful American Saddlebred horse on this prestigious stage. This parade introduces the breed every year to millions of spectators along the parade route and televisions across the country through four national networks; ABC, NBC, Hallmark Channel, and RFD TV. This year was Macfarlane’s 35th time riding in the Rose Parade since 1962.

The team that made this year possible was the great group of riders (lead group) Carson Kressley, Julie Robinson, and Eric Antman, (second line) Melissa Moore, Michele Macfarlane, Dena Lopez, Don Trunk, and Savannah Miller, (back line) Austin Eversman, Samantha Robinson, Kayce Reiner, Susie Robinson, and Theo Robinson.  Parade route assistants Wilber Amaya, Kent Moeller and Craig Clapp whom you could see walking the parade. Behind the scenes and preparation assistance came from Kevin Michael, Gerry Rushton, Stacy Hennessey, Frank Miller, Jim and Lori Vantrease, Rachel Heliker, Kim Reiner, Cierra Holtz, Amanda White, Sarah Solon, Madison Nelson, Laura Russ, Bodie Lawes, and Matthew Acuna.

We owe this group a major round of applause for the time and days they dedicate to prepare and present the horses for Rose Parade events. Day of preparations begins at 3 am to assure the group is in top order for the 11 am parade start.

The Scripps Miramar Saddlebreds also were presented to a great reception at the 2018 Equestfest at the Los Angeles Equestrian Center. Thousands fill the stands to watch all the equine units of the Rose Parade be exhibited and be educated on each breed, discipline, and purpose of each group. After the show, hundreds of interested spectators came back to the Scripps Miramar Ranch stalls to learn more about the great American Saddlebred horse. RFD TV and the Cowboy Channel also televised this event.

The American Saddlebred Horse Association (ASHA) is proud and immensely appreciative of the work each one of these individuals and horses contributed to make the 2019 Rose Parade another success. ASHA also thanks Samantha Robinson for volunteering her time to take over our Instagram story to bring live behind the scenes action to our followers! If you have not yet been able to watch the 130th Rose Parade® presented by Honda you can access the full parade coverage on KTLA-5 News.

For behind the scenes footage you can check out our Instagram highlights or by visiting Melissa Moore’s Facebook page. Moore followed the entirety of the pre-parade activities with Facebook live and has generously made these videos available to the public for all to learn more about the beautiful pinto American Saddlebred horses that they fall in love with every year. 

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