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BLM mustangs to make appearance at Equine Affaire in Pomona

Mustangs from BLM’s Wild Horse and Burro program will be featured again this year at Equine Affaire at the L.A. County Fair Grounds Fairplex, in Pomona, Jan. 29 – Feb. 1. (text continues below)

Four Marines on adopted mustangs present the colors

The United States Marine Corps all-mustang Mounted Color Guard will be arriving on Saturday, Jan 31 and will be show cased at the BLM booth.  The U.S.M.C. Mounted Color Guard will be opening the final evening of the Craig Cameron Extreme Cowboy race on Saturday, Jan 31 at 7pm in the covered arena.  The U.S.M.C. Color Guard will be available Saturday and Sunday at the BLM’s Wild Horse and Burro booth where members of the color guard will discuss the Color Guard and its mustangs. One of the Color Guard’s Palomino mustangs will be on display at the BLM booth for the entire event.

The United States Marine Corps Mounted Color Guard was formed at the Marine Corps Logistics Base in Barstow in 1967.

Again this year on New Year’s Day, the U.S.M.C. Mounted Color Guard led the Tournament of Roses Parade, which it has done every year since 1990. The Mounted Color Guard made its first appearance in the Pasadena parade in 1985.  In 1988, the U.S.M.C. Color Guard adopted its first mustang, a two-year-old Palomino named "Okinawa."  The Color Guard has been riding BLM mustangs ever since. 

For more information about Equine Affaire and all of its activities, please visit its web site at www.equineaffaire.com  or contact the Ridgecrest Regional WH & B Facility, (800) 951-8720


- Dave Christy, 1/09

BLM-California News.bytes, issue 364

Last updated: 01-05-2009