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Long Beach Mounted Police

Marshal: ROBERT LORBEER

Marshal:  ROBERT LORBEER

PALOMINO (Palomino is a coat color in horses, consisting of a golden color and a white mane and tail; Palomino horses are represented in many breeds, including: Quarter horses, Morgan, Tennessee Walking Horse, and American Saddlebred)

All of our horses are palomino, our horses are of various breeds, including Quarter Horse, Morgan, Tennessee Walking Horse, American Saddlebred.

LBMP was founded in 1935, and is one of the oldest parade equestrian organizations in the US. The group is dedicated to preserving the rich traditions of California’s pioneering days and serving as the good will ambassadors for the “City by the Sea”, the home of the Queen Mary and the Aquarium of the Pacific, Long Beach, CA. LBMP has a long history of riding palomino horses with custom-made sterling silver saddles and tack, and with each rider wearing a colorful western costume, and carrying an American flag. LBMP is pleased and honored to have been selected to ride in the 2013 Rose Parade to continue that tradition.

Long Beach Mounted Police was founded in 1935 by 16 businessmen, sportsmen and civic leaders, to bring recognition to the City of Long Beach by riding under its banner in major parades and equestrian events. The group started out riding horses of black and palomino, but in the late 1948 LBMP changed to riding only golden palomino horses. And today, the group is known world-wide for the golden palomino horses, sterling silver saddles and every rider carrying an American flag. Parade high points in the long history of Long Beach Mounted Police include: riding in the Tournament of Roses Parade since 1946, Presidential Inaugural Parades for Dwight D. Eisenhower in 1953 and Richard M. Nixon in 1969.

In 1967, the troop rode throughout Latin America on a goodwill tour for the City of Long Beach (using horses borrowed in each city), riding in parades in Rio de Janeiro and Mexico City among many other cities. In 1970 the group flew their horses and tack to Hawaii to ride in the King Kamehameha Parade. In 1970 and 2008 LBMP rode in the world famous Calgary Stampede in Canada. Other parades have included: Cheyenne, WY Frontier Days in 1985 and 1998, and trips to San Antonio, TX in 1984 and Santa Fe, NM in 1992. LBMP has also ridden in Scottsdale’s Parada Del Sol, Prescott Arizona’s Frontier Days and Las Vegas’ Helldorado Parade. California parades include: Martin Luther King Day Parades, Veteran’s Day Parades and Daisy Lane Parades in Long Beach, Indio Date Festival, San Juan Capistrano’s “Return of the Swallows” Parade, Mule Days Parade in Bishop, Santa Maria Elk’s Parade and Rodeo, Huntington Beach Fourth of July Parade, Santa Barbara Fiesta Days Parade, Portuguese Bend National Horse Show, the Hollywood Christmas Parade, among many, many others. Other appearances include special events at the Santa Anita Race Track, Long Beach Veterans Hospital, the Shriner’s Crippled Children’s Hospital, Los Flores Historical Day in Long Beach, the Tournament of Roses Equestfest, Celebrate Reading in Long Beach, and other charities and educational events.

Long Beach Mounted Police is noted for the fancy/flashy Western parade outfits, that carry on the traditions of parade costumes from the 40s and 50s.

LBMP rides sterling silver saddles, breast collars, tapadereos, headstalls, reins. The custom-made saddles are all unique works of art. Each saddle is black leather, Western style, decorated by sterling silver artists of the 30’s and 40’s such as Edward H. Bohlin of Hollywood, Visalia Stock Saddle Company, Olsen-Nolte of San Francisco and other renowned silver and leather craftsmen. Complementing the saddles are silver and leather breast collars, bridles and reins, as well as silver gun belts, holsters and Western-style six-shooters.

Because of our beautiful, colorful horses, stunning saddles and tack, and active parade schedule LBMP has been written up countless times in newspapers and magazine articles; immediately after the 2012 Rose Parade, LBMP riders were shown and written about in “Cowboys and Indians” magazine, and in RFD TV magazine.

Parade high points in the long history of Long Beach Mounted Police include: riding in the Tournament of Roses Parade since 1946, and Presidential Inaugural Parades for Dwight D. Eisenhower in 1953 and Richard M. Nixon in 1969. In 1967, the troop rode throughout Latin America on a goodwill tour for the City of Long Beach (using horses borrowed in each city), riding in parades in Rio de Janeiro and Mexico City among many other cities. In 1970 the group flew their horses and tack to Hawaii to ride in the King Kamehameha Parade. In 1970 and 2008 LBMP rode in the world famous Calgary Stampede in Canada.

Other parades have included: Cheyenne, WY Frontier Days in 1985 and 1998, and trips to San Antonio, TX in 1984 and Santa Fe, NM in 1992. LBMP has also ridden in Scottsdale’s Parada Del Sol, Prescott Arizona’s Frontier Days and Las Vegas’ Helldorado Parade. California parades include: Martin Luther King Day Parades, Veteran’s Day Parades and Daisy Lane Parades in Long Beach, Indio Date Festival, San Juan Capistrano’s “Return of the Swallows” Parade, Mule Days Parade in Bishop, Santa Maria Elk’s Parade and Rodeo, Huntington Beach Fourth of July Parade, Santa Barbara Fiesta Days Parade, Portuguese Bend National Horse Show, the Hollywood Christmas Parade, among many, many others. Other appearances include special events at the Santa Anita Race Track, Long Beach Veterans Hospital, the Shriner’s Crippled Children’s Hospital, Los Flores Historical Day in Long Beach, the Tournament of Roses Equestfest, Celebrate Reading in Long Beach, and other charities and educational events.

Long Beach Mounted Police is affiliated with the Long Beach Police Department and has been representing the City of Long Beach as their Good Will Ambassador since 1935, and are pleased and honored to have been selected to ride in the 2013 Rose Parade to continue this tradition.

Long Beach Mounted Police is a 501(c)(3) charitable organization, and is dedicated to education of the public. Educating young people about horsemanship – patience, discipline and “horse sense” – is a common theme for the troop. Our riders participate at their own expense and always take the time to visit with and educate the public about horses. One of our most important tasks today is to support the horse world by providing resources through a scholarship program for serious students entering equine veterinarian programs.

RIDERS: LBMP riders are from throughout California, additionally we will have two riders from Arizona, one rider from Michigan and one rider from Oregon. All of these riders have ridden with LBMP in the Rose Parade previously. The riders are: Robert Lorbeer, Joanne Althouse, Mary Lou Ballentine, Sara Curtis, Debbie Dunphy, Belinda Gail, Richard Hirsch, Tamia Hope, Brenda Kalb, Jill Perry, Janet Pierce, Richard Pierce, Ceejae Routt, Gerry Routt, Jr., Stacy Savona, Katy Stetson, Carol Tennant, Mark Bedore, Charlotte Keptic, Chris Margrave, Leslie Stetson, Dana Moore and Lorinda Quatrale. Riders range in age from 20 to 75.

Updated on: 11/16/2012 3:21:32 PM

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