It's my very great privilege to contribute content to the Arabian Marketing and Development Committee Facebook page, and recently I featured the horses and riders from the 2022 Tournament of Roses Parade. This year the parade featured 18 units from a variety of equestrian breeds and disciplines. Most have been in the Rose Parade before, however, just because a group makes it in one year, there are no guarantees that you'll get in the next. Besides the horses and riders themselves, the units must have designated drivers and account for all the support staff they'll have with them and there are more upcoming features on these very important people.
In doing my general research on the parade, I've become very interested in the stories behind the other units. From (in alphabetical order) the 1st Cavalry Division Horse Cavalry Detachment from Ft. Hood, to the New Buffalo Soldiers and the Victorian Roses Ladies Riding Society, I'd love to know more about all of them! If you do as well, subscribe to updates at the top of our blog page.
It’s fitting that the Arabian horse unit in the 2022 Rose Parade was led by an Arabian mare! This was the second year for Heaven Cent to participate and only her second parade ever. he was driven by her owner Kari Albiol. Kari—a realtor and long time Arabian horse enthusiast—not only bred Heaven, but bred her dam, Ama Delite as well.
The Arabian horse unit that was the first equestrian feature in the 2022 Rose Bowl featured nine amazing riders and horses. Of that group, life-long horse woman—and second generation horse trainer, LaRae Fletcher Powell— trekked the longest distance to participate, traveling from Silver Aspen Ranch in Enumclaw WA. Her mount for the parade was Livin on Love CB. “Lovie”, a gorgeous ¾ Arabian bay mare participating in her first Rose Parade is owned by West Haven Arabians in Valley Village CA and was bred by Cynthia Burkman and was sired by Jade Creek Arabians stallion Jake Jamaal JCA++//.
Afires Guns Nroses+/ ridden by Liz Aulestia was one of two horses in the 2022 Rose Parade Arabian horse unit to be owned by West Haven Arabians. “Gunner” is a 15-year- old son of Afire Bey V, bred by Maroon Fire Arabians in Castle Rock, CO. Liz Aulestia —the Equine Manager and Curriculum Director for Taking the Reins — is a life-long horsewoman and while this is Gunner’s second parade it was a first for Liz. Located just minutes from downtown Los Angeles, Taking The Reins is dedicated to helping underserved girls learn how to take charge of their lives. Their motto is “Advancing Girl Power Through Horsepower” and they’ve made a difference in the lives of over 4,000 girls. As about 80% of the horses used at Taking The Reins are Arabians, this amazing nonprofit was the perfect choice to be featured nonprofit for the Arabian horse unit this year with several staff and students from the program walking the parade route with the riders.
All you need to know about our next 2022 Rose Parade Arabian is his name and you could probably hazard a good guess as to his pedigree...meet Zee Triple Zee, sired by Zee Impressive! This handsome six-year old stallion is the last horse bred by Tom and Arlene Miller, and no less than seven horses in his pedigree were bred by Miller Arabians. His rider and owner— Dr. Trevor Gerardi Miller — is a third generation Arabian horse breeder. He also has his own chiropractic practice and is branching out into the field of real estate but Trevor has the same passion for the Arabian horse that kept his grandparents in the Arabian industry for 65 years and he’s continuing the legacy of Miller Arabians breeding program to this day!
Making their third appearance in the Rose Parade, Gayle Pena and her Arabian gelding—Hes All Heart aka “Prince”— have been a team for 24 years and Gayle has been his trainer from the moment she picked him up as a weanling! Prince was bred by Mari Schroder who owned his sire Bay Saladin. His dam—leased by Mari from Elsinore Arabians— was one of their premier mares, Kalikka!
2022 marked the third Rose Parade for Arabian gelding Just In Kayce+// and his owner Dr. Suanne Lanini—founder of Golden Oaks Veterinary Hospital in Rancho Cucamonga. “Justin” was bred by Carol Briggs Steppe of Day Dream Arabians Inc , sired by Showkayce+.
Eleven-year old Half-Arabian gelding Zee Macaroni+// was marching in his first Rose Parade this year! “Zee” is sired by Zee Mega Bucks and was bred by Deb Witty from High Country Training, owned by Janet Dunlap and ridden by trainer Jill Mitchell.
Tehachapi Khan—affectionately known as “Ty”—is seventeen-year old Half-Arabian buckskin gelding and the 2022 Rose Parade was his second time participating in the parade and he was ridden by his owner, Amanda Waterfield-Gibson. Ty is sired by Zamal Khan and was bred by Andy Camacho.