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Rainier Rose with Angelina de la Mar

rainier rose & angelina

My name is Rainier Rose and I live in the Evergreen state of Washington. I picked the name Rainier Rose because I live and ride in the shadow of Mt. Rainier. I am proud to be a charter member of the VRLRS and have provided ground support for the last two exciting years that the VRLRS have been invited to the Rose Parade. My daughter, Margarita Rose, and I share a close relationship and I look forward to coming down south for the holidays and spending time together. This would be my first appearance in the Rose Parade and it would mean everything to me to share it with my daughter. I started riding when I was 6 years old. I got my own horse when I was 13 and I have never looked back. I have been lucky enough to compete in gymkhana events such as barrel racing and pole bending and I have also shown a bit. I joined Backcountry Horseman in 1989, a national club that promotes recreational trail riding in the backcountry. I was one of the first in my chapter at the time with a gaited horse (a non-trotting horse). A lot of the long-time packers told me that my horse would not make it in the extremely high terrain that I frequently ride in. My Tennessee Walker is now over 25 years old and both of us have won numerous packing and trail contests. I absolutely love riding in the most remote and pristine places that the Northwest can offer. I have ridden all the Northwest states including Montana, California, Nevada, Oregon, Idaho and of course, here in Washington. I get to see places that few people will ever get to and I spend weeks camping with my horses during the summer. The horses I ride now that my Tennessee Walker is retired are two athletic Peruvian Paso geldings, Concho and Rio.

Angelina passed away in 2012. She was a 19 year old Peruvian Paso chestnut mare with a flaxen mane and tail. She was my daughter's horse and started our love affair with the Peruvian breed. Angelina was in three Rose Parades: 2009, 2010 and 2011. She did it all: trail riding, camping, endurance riding, working cows, gymkhanas, showing, breed expositions, and more than 75 parades. Not only did she do it all, she excelled at everything; she earned show titles, placed in the top 10 at endurance rides and helped my grandson Tanner achieve high-point gymkhana. Angelina was truly an ambassador to her breed and proved that the Peruvian can make a fantastic all-around horse.