Backcountry Horsemen of California
Los Padres Unit

PO Box 6773, Santa Maria, CA 93456











Anyone wanting to ride in the parades needs to make sure their horse can handle the commotion of the crowds, bikes, kids running, wagons, loud music, dancing horses, flags, horns, and old tractors.  We will try to hold a desensitizing class before the first parade.   

 We are riding as a group and need to be dressed accordingly.  Off-white (eggshell) LONG sleeve shirt, burgundy scarf, blue jeans, boots and a light colored STRAW hat.  There are regular BCHC shirts available to order. If interested in ordering, please contact Nancy Kimmell at 805-471-1198 or NJK@TCSN.NET.  Spurs, half chaps, chaps, etc.  are optional.

Anyone riding in the parade WILL sign in with the BCHC parade leader at least ˝ hour before we are to line up, which is usually ˝ to 1 hour before parade time. The Parade leader will have a BCHC banner hanging from their trailer, make sure you know the miles traveled and the time for travel, as those will be needed for sign up.  Anyone coming in late will have to catch up on their own, make sure you sign in before you catch up. The sign in sheet will be in the back of the trailer with a pen. We will leave the staging area as a group.  Make it a habit to be at the staging area 2 hours ahead of parade time – this gives you time to check in, get ready and settle down your horse. 

Riders will line up in twos with at least ˝ to 1 horse length between you and the horse in front.  Try to stay even with your partner.  If your horse gets antsy, circle  him/her to the outside as often as needed. DO NOT ride up into the horse in front or behind you,  We want to show our professional side. If your horse becomes uncontrollable, get off and walk him, if that doesn’t work, find a side street and walk him back to the trailer, we would rather be safe than sorry.  REMEMBER – SMILE  we are there to enjoy.

The banner will be in front, The American flag and State flag will be next. Our Unit flag will be behind the other 2 flags.  Anyone packing or ponying, will ride by themselves and will be scattered throughout the group.  Forest Service Wilderness Volunteers who want to wear their USFS volunteer uniforms, will ride behind the BCHC group. 

I know these are a lot of rules, but a fun parade can turn into a disaster if there is no organization and rules.  We would like as many members as possible to ride in the parades, but because of insurance,  we REALLY need to know at least 15 days in advance how many will be there, so if you want to enjoy a fun and rewarding experience call ahead and come join us. 

We do have a few extra shirts handy if anyone forgets theirs or we have a new member who hasn’t had a chance to get one yet.