Photos: HSU White Horses in Fort Worth Fat Stock Show Parade
Out of 2,230 horses on parade, HSU’s Six White Horses are mighty proud to reel in a third place finish from the opening parade of the Fort Worth Stock Show.
Six White Horses program director, Debbie Jones, says the Fort Worth Stock Show is the start of a busy spring for the riders and the horses. Jones says among their many spring appearances is the San Angelo Stock Show a week from this Saturday, and a part in an opera at the Paramount Theater in late February.
Shelby Weatherford, president of the Abilene Opera Association, says the HSU horses, as well as a cast of oilmen and ranchers, along with a Cadillac, will converge onto the stage and behind the stage during the production of Hotel Casa Blanca, slated for February 28 through March 2, 2013.
Jones says Casa Blanca is not the first time the horses have made an appearance in an opera at Abilene’s historic theater. Several years ago, the production of Girls of the Golden West used three of the HSU White Horses in a scene by opening the double doors at the back of the stage with the horses waiting in the alley. “When the curtain opened, the horses raised their heads on cue and looked right at the audience.”
Jones says she enjoyed teaching one of the actors how to swing up onto the horse and into the saddle. “The stunt went just great during the show,” she says.
Jones says she will probably use horses Powder and Shine in this year’s opera. “They are so good and always calm. Bombs could go off and they wouldn’t care. They just don’t get in a fizz,” she says. The other horses will probably be out front to greet people as they arrive for the show, says Jones.
As for the Third Place win at the Fort Worth Stock Show, Jones says they were the 29th group from the front of the parade with 184 entries. “Our horses were near some really great groups. One of the parade’s show groups, the Glory Riders, stood up in the stirrups while riding and that was pretty impressive. The group of ten riders winning second place carried huge Texas flags. We feel like we are in some pretty good company. You really have to somehow pop out to win this kind of stuff.”
Jones says the Six White Horses team has been in the parade every year for about 20 years. Jones says, a few years ago, the team scored with a Second Place during the parade. The Fat Stock Show and Rodeo continues through this Saturday.
Jones says in March, the horses visit a lot of elementary schools across Abilene and the Big Country. Children get to climb up in the saddle and ride as the horse is walked by a volunteer around the school yard. Jones says they will also visit Disability Resources (DRI) on March 11 to give rides and let employees pet the horses.
Other Upcoming events:
- Granbury, Texas, Independence Day parade, March 2, 2013
- Dublin, Texas, St. Patrick’s Day parade, March 16, 2013
- Graham, Texas, Rodeo, April 4 – 6, 2013