What started last January as a conversation among friends, has become a dream come true for the Horsewomen of Temecula Wine Country (HOT). The Pasadena Tournament of Roses parade committee notified the equestrian team of 31 ladies that they had been selected to participate in the 2020 parade and Equestfest.

              Led by Juanita Koth and Beth Good, the team will include the award-wining Temecula Cowgirl Color Guard, along with Temecula Carriage Company’s horse-drawn wagon carrying prominent local women including three-time Mayor and Council Member, Maryann Edwards.

              Representing the Rose Parade’s theme “The Power of Hope” and celebrating the 100thyear anniversary of the 19thAmendment of the United States Constitution, the Horsewomen of Temecula Wine Country are determined women of all ages and walks of life who work to preserve Temecula’s rural farming and ranching lifestyles. The ladies have been raising funds and awareness of their goal for the past eight months.

              “On New Year’s Day, the eyes of the nation will be watching the Rose Parade – and the Temecula Valley will be featured by the representation of the Horsewomen of Temecula Wine Country. The application and qualifying process was quite tedious and competitive. We are honored to have been chosen for this year’s parade,” stated Temecula City Council member Maryann Edwards.

“Our all-women group is proof that in Temecula the power of hope, hard work and ambition can lead to realized dreams for everyone,” stated Edwards. “We strive to encourage the next generation to follow our leaders by one day taking over the reins of community stewardship,” Edwards added.

The Rose Parade Equestfest is held prior to the Rose Parade, Dec. 29, 10 a.m. in Burbank and showcases the riding talents of the equestrian teams, as well as allowing spectators to visit with the equestrian teams and horses in their stables. Part of the “H.O.T.” team Equestfest presentation will include singer and trick-roper Judy Taylor, who penned and will sing a song about Temecula titled “Place of the Sun.” Taylor will also be riding her horse in the parade.

              “On January 1, 2020 it is our dream to proudly travel down Colorado Boulevard with our modern-day wagon train of Temecula Women, escorted by the Temecula Cowgirl Color Guard outriders,” said Juanita Koth, HOT parade captain. “For our city, this is a good thing, as 50 million parade viewers will likely be putting a visit to the Temecula Valley on their bucket lists,” Koth explained.

              The Horsewomen of Temecula Wine Country have a fundraiser Wednesday, Oct. 23, 6 p.m. to 10 p.m. at Wilson Creek Winery. The funds will assist with the costs the group will incur during their three-day participation. To help the group visit

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