Here are some guidelines for Pennant Bearers, please use our Volunteer form if you are interested in joining our team!
We will ask that you commit to riding in 5 or more parades.
*Western type belt to be worn. *Red Cinch or Wrangler shirt purchased by the PRU Store, tucked in. *Pressed and creased Wranglers - buy long - when in saddle they should reach heel of boot. *Felt hat--please do not bend your hat after it has been shaped. Hat to be worn square on head and pinned on. If you choose to wear a helmet, it must be black. *Dark cowboy boots.
Bring rain gear to all parades, Parade Director may have extra ponchos if needed.
*Well-groomed and appropriate is a must! *Long hair should be worn pulled back off your face in ponytail or braid, etc. Short hair must be worn neatly under hat. *No sunglasses.
*All tack must be leather and it good condition. *Tack must be cleaned and polished before parade, including silver being polished. *Tan saddle pad (purchased from D&B). Keep pad in a plastic bag to prevent it from getting soiled. *Pad fits over your regular pad, do not use the pad alone, always have a thicker pad underneath. *Always bring your flag holder! Flag holder mandatory or you will not be allowed to carry flag or pennant, you may be asked to switch sides of the flag at different parades-practice both.
HORSE –If you have a kicking horse, do not bring that animal to parades!
*Horse must be shod. *Horses must be cleaned before each parade.*Clip your horse’s bridle path, muzzle, throat latch and fetlocks. *Keep fly spray handy.
*Absolutely NO riding double. *Positions will be assigned at each parade. *Each rider will take 1/2 of one side of the street. *Try to stay together in an orderly fashion. *Please sit straight in your saddle. *Please try to keep your horse under control at all times. *Do not walk up on the back of another person's horse. Two horse lengths should be adequate. *If the parade stops, you must plan ahead.*Don't get yourself in a potentially dangerous situation.*Large flags will be rotated with older pennant bearers. *You will be assigned partners at parade site with someone that has a horse that is comparable in color and size to yours.
SMILE AND ENJOY YOURSELF!
REMEMBER, WE ARE REPRESENTING THE PENDLETON ROUND-UP, LET’ER BUCK!
*Photos by Brian Blake