Pasadena Horse Expo – WOW!

Last Friday, December 30, I was in Pasadena for the Rose Bowl’s Horse Exposition featuring the breeds and mounted groups appearing in the Parade of Roses on Monday. New York could use something this educational, and, ultimately, GORGEOUS. Peruvian Pasos, miniature horses pulling sulkies, and mounted cavalry firing rifles were interspersed with four painted saddlebreds pulling a calliope, American Indian tribes in costumes and horse trappings loaded with beadwork and a group of trick riders called “Cowgirl Chicks” who rescue horses and ride for breast cancer awareness. One Cowgirl Chick stood astride two albino horses as they took a three-foot jump in the packed arena. The finale was a parade of “100 Palominos” – just imagine 50 Roy Rogers and 50 Dale Evans’ in red white and blue glittering outfits – go Pasadena!


About psullivan66

Patricia Sullivan is a New York City based photographer whose portraits and personal projects have appeared in New York Magazine, on HBO's "Bored to Death," TimeOutNY and other magazines. Born in Chicago, Illinois, Sullivan is drawn to the people "with broad shoulders" whose belief in just working hard and doing the right thing are keeping this whole planet together. Besides rodeo, she has photographed cops on motorcycles (in their off hours) and her mother, "the toughest woman I know."
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