After being canceled last year due to a severe outbreak of equine herpes, Equestfest is back this year as part of Tournament of Roses activities.
The event kicks off at 10 a.m. on Friday, Dec. 29, at the Burbank Equestrian Center, 480 W. Riverside Drive.
The event will feature talented riders performing drills, dances and demonstrations of trick riding and roping.
Attendees can also stroll through the stables and talk to riders and learn about the horses and the many different breeds.
The event also includes a vendor court, displays, great music, food and drinks.
“We are excited that it is back,” said Craig Washington, who chairs the Tournament of Roses Equestrian Committee. “We had a one-year hiatus, but we are back stronger than ever.”
The event was canceled last year after the Los Angeles County Department of Food and Agriculture quarantined the Burbank Equestrian Center after veterinarians diagnosed the Equine Herpes Virus (EHV-1) in 13 horses. The infection causes respiratory and neurological disease.
The quarantine forced tournament officials, who were unable to find another venue, to cancel for the first time in 17 years.
An official with the Burbank Equestrian Center said the quarantine was lifted in January days after the parade.
However, the quarantine did not stop any of the equestrian units from participating in the parade. This year, the equestrian units will once again be riding down Colorado Boulevard during the parade.
The parade will feature units from the US Marine Corps Mounted Color Guard, the California Highway Patrol, the Los Angeles County Sheriff’s Department, and the Los Angeles and Long Beach police departments.
“This year’s theme is making a difference,” Washington said. “So we have a number of law enforcement units that have done that. And we have miniature therapy horses that have impacted people. We looked for horses that have impacted people’s lives.”