The HGTV announcers for the parade didn’t know what to make of the equestrian unit “Ondar and the Eagles of Tuva.” Neither did much of the audience who saw them.
Web searches have given me the impression some TV networks cut away for commercials when this group showed up. (Y’all know that the place to see the horses on TV in the Rose Parade is HGTV, right?)
Anyway, see what Ondar is carrying on the horse? It’s not an aid, some tribal version of a riding crop. Nor is it a ceremonial hunting tool. It is horse-related.
Some video of 1960s cowboy stars in the Rose Parade – followed by a commercial! If you can’t see the above video, click here.
Look at what I found on YouTube. Footage from a Rose Parade in the early 1960s.
Anyway, I looked up the identities of the riders and the shows they were from. Some were before my time, others were a hazy memory and some will surprise you as much as they did me.
I bet you’ll be surprised, too.
Roy’s singing “Four Legged Friend” in a Bob Hope movie called “Son of Paleface.” If you can’t see the embedded video, click here.
One of my pet peeves about Rose Parade coverage on TV is that producers tend to cut away from the equestrian units. Not this year, by cracky. Especially if you have access to RFD-TV.
Uh, they’re not gonna cover them nose-to-tail with flowers, are they??