Rose Parade, virtual-style

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The USC Band, led by the team mascot The Trojan riding Traveler

I have to give HGTV credit — they ran the parade with very limited commercial interruption. And, thank you too, Jenny Craig. I’m happy to give you a freebie shoutout for your New Year’s gift to us horse lovers.

On HGTV, we saw all but one of the equestrian units in the parade. All received a “lower third super” identifying the group.

Apparently, those who watched other networks weren’t so lucky, according to some commenters on the Horse Channel website article about the parade.

But, not to fear, The Horsey Set Net has your back. With the help of various sources, we’ll have our own virtual Rose Parade.

I know I was griping a few days ago about TV cutting away from the horses, but not to belabor the point, HGTV delivered.

Nevertheless, here’s a backup plan.

First, the Los Angeles Times ran a feature called “The Virtual Rose Parade.” You’ll find sketches of floats, logos from bands — and, best of all for us, photos of the equestrian units. Yay!!

Even better, as you click through the 88 photos in the slide show, you’ll see units we missed while watching TV.

The 2009 Equestrian Units – with their links, when available

Some extras

RFD-TV aired live coverage of EquestFest, the horse demo program that  on Dec. 28.  Apparently, this is the second year for the coverage.

Since I live in the suburbs, I don’t get RFD-TV. 🙁 A search of the site hasn’t turned up a function where I can search for a particular show — so that I can tell you when the re-runs air — but I see that they run a lot of horse programming.

I think it’s time to call my cable company again.

Also, my websearching turned up Hooves and Roses, a documentary shot behind-the-scenes with the equestrian units in 2006, the year it rained on the parade.

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