03 Jan The Horsewomen of Temecula Valley Debut at the 2020 Tournament of Roses Parade
January 3, 2020 – Facebook Post by Temecula Cowgirl Color Guard:
We did it! There is no better start to a new year than riding in the Rose Parade. It’s been an incredible experience and we are so grateful to the City of Pasadena for welcoming our team with open arms. Please be sure to follow us on social media as we share event photos, videos, media coverage, and updates.
Words cannot express how blessed we feel and how grateful we are for our team of dedicated Horsewomen, along with the community of sponsors, family, and friends who helped to make this dream a reality. We thank you from the bottom of our hearts!
Horsewomen of Temecula Wine Country
Riders: Juanita Koth & Jamie Lee Koth, Beth Good, Bryn Ameye, Silver Stapleton, Tina Frey, Cindy Lyon, Chelsea Keane, Stacy Kraus, Terri Conners, Sheila Yanez-Lopez
Wagon: Marika Matson, Maryann Edwards, Pat North Ommert, Rosie Wilson, Libby Wilson Johns, Jodie Gray, Lisa McConnell, Karyn Mentink, Jessica Conners, Luna (the wagon dog)
Western Performer: Judy Taylor
Ground Support: Scott Koth, Doug Frey, Dave Lopez, Debbie Nance, Mark Matson, Craig N. Johns, Jennifer Conners
Dec. 31, 2019 – Press Release by City of Temecula
The City of Temecula, Temecula Valley Wine Country and the Southwest Riverside County region will be represented on an international platform this New Year’s Day as the Horsewomen of Temecula Wine Country get ready to ride their way down Colorado Boulevard as a parade equestrian entry in the 2020 Tournament of Roses Parade.
The award-winning Temecula Cowgirl Color Guard Team, along with Temecula Carriage Company’s professionally driven horse drawn wagon featuring local women leaders rounds out the Horsewomen Team, including City of Temecula three time Mayor and 15 year Council Member and 2020 Mayor Pro Tem, Maryann Edwards.
“The Horsewomen of Temecula equestrian unit, my female first responder colleagues, Police Captain Lisa McConnell, Fire Chief Jodie Gray and CHP Captain Karen Mentink, Winery owners, Rosie Wilson and Libby Wilson Johns, Cowgirl Hall of Fame member and long-time Temecula resident Pat North Ommert, and Judy Taylor, local country western musician and trick roper are proud to represent Temecula in the 131st Tournament of Rose Parade. Since Temecula’s earliest settlements, women have played a key role in establishing, molding and shaping Temecula to get us to this point. The Horsewomen have worked tirelessly for this honor and we thank them for their Temecula spirit and can-do style!“ says Temecula Mayor Pro Tem, Maryann Edwards.
“Within our wagon sits a cowgirl who will celebrate her 90th birthday and while on horseback we have a cowgirl drill team member who will celebrate her 15th birthday, both in the month of October. Our wagon train of successful female community leaders is proof that in Riverside County’s Temecula, the power of hope, hard work and ambition can lead to realized dreams for everyone, stated Juanita Koth, Horsewomen of Temecula parade team captain. “We strive to encourage the next generation to follow our leaders by one day taking over the reins of community stewardship,” Koth added.
About 50 million people in the U.S. watch the Rose Parade each year. It is also broadcast to more than 220 countries and territories outside of the U.S. Since 1890, the Tournament of Roses has produced America’s New Year Celebration, bringing the traditions of the Rose Parade and the Rose Bowl Game to Pasadena and the world for nearly 130 years.
Click here to watch the KTLA 5 Rose Parade Video.