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Preview: The Parade of Breeds

Hooves and manes are set to rule the day.

The Parade of Breeds is coming soon to Pierce College to show the community how many horses there truly are. The parade of breeds will be on Nov. 11 with gates opening at 9:30 a.m. and starts at 10:00 a.m.

Equestrian Science major Emily Hensley, 21, said that the event started as a way for students in the 401 class to have a real-world example of the horses they study in class.

“We have more than 45 different types breeds of horses coming,” Hensley said.

Equestrian Science major Robert Ward, 48, said that this will be the seventh year that the Parade of Breeds is hosted at Pierce. The event also aims to create exposure for the program.

“Not too long ago, we took a ride through campus, and quite frankly, shocked a few people who didn’t know, as we were riding through campus, that we had a horse program,” Ward said.

More than just horses will be at the event, Hensley said that there will also be demonstrations.

“We are going to have demos going on for drill team and barrel racing. We are going to have some snacks. It will be a lot of fun,” Hensley said.

Hensley said that different types of riding will also be shown.

“We are having an English demonstration and a Western demonstration,” Hensley said.

Hensley said that there will be activities for all ages at the event, including face painting. Participant Ana Quintanilla said that the event will be good for students in the Equestrian Sciences classes and people who are interested in horses.

“Compared to looking at different breeds in the book, it’s totally different,” Quintanilla said. “A picture can only show you so much.”

Quintanilla said this will not be her first time participating. She said she ran the event last year. This year, she said things will be a tad different.

“I know for sure this year there will be a zebra and maybe a camel,” Quintanilla said.

Quintanilla said that all should come to the event and it is open to the public.

“A lot of the kids have fun seeing the horses. They also have craft for the kids. There are horseshoes for the kids to decorate,” Quintanilla said. “And it’s cool for the community to see different horses that they wouldn’t see all at one time.”

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