Horsewomen of Temecula highstep their way to Tournament of Roses parade

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Nearly one year and thousands of man hours later, the Horsewomen of Temecula are ready and waiting to participate in the 129th annual Tournament of Roses Parade.

Scheduled for Jan. 1, 2020, the parade promises to be one of fun and excitement to ring in the new year and the Horsewomen of Temecula will be front and center as they make their way down the Pasadena parade route in the 31st position.

“Temecula is being represented incredibly well,” Craig Johns of Wilson Creek Winery, said. Johns’ wife and mother-in-law will ride in the wagon during the parade.

Included in the team are Pat Ommert, a 90-year-old Cowgirl Hall of Fame member and Team Marshall Juanita Koth.

“Here we are in Burbank with our awesome team of women from Temecula,” Koth said. “This has been an incredible journey that has taken efforts from so many individual people and groups from Temecula, a real team effort.

“We are close to the pinnacle of all the hard work,” she continued.” We are very proud of the entry we are placing in the 2020 Tournament of Roses Parade to represent Temecula and its horse and wine country.”

The group should make their appearance before the grandstand around 8:30 a.m., according to Johns.

Preparation for the parade began Friday, when Horsewomen of Temecula arrived in Pasadena for the final race to the Rose Parade.

Friday night the team attended a reception for the equestrian entries. The event attendees included the president of the Tournament of Roses, three soon to be presidents, the equestrian director, the Rose Bowl Queen and her court and all 17 equestrian parade entries, Johns said.

“There were 1,000 people in attendance,” he said.

Friday’s festivities were followed by Equestfest practice Saturday.

Held inside the Los Angeles Equestrian Center Sunday, the sold-out Equestfest allowed for visitors to get up close and personal with the equestrian units participating in the parade and for those participants to show off their skills as they performed drills, dances, trick riding and roping.

“It was a great chance for the 17 entries to show off their skills,” Johns said. “The Horsewomen of Temecula’s timing was perfect.”

The group wanted to thank the community for their continued support.

“The leading ladies of Temecula have proven again that the power of hope, hard work and ambition can lead to realized dreams for everyone.” Koth said.

Viewers can tune into the Tournament of Roses Parade Wednesday, Jan. 1, 2020, at 8 a.m. on ABC, NBC, Hallmark Channel and KTLA 5 locally. Livestreaming is available through WatchESPNNBCABCKTLA 5 and Hallmark Channel.

Kim Harris can be reached by email at valleyeditor@reedermedia.com.