Berthoud, Boulder resident to present horses at the 2022 Rose Parade
When Beth Beymer was in high school, she spent a night camping on a sidewalk so she could see the Rose Parade in the morning.
âI couldn’t afford to see it any other way,â Beymer said.
Equestrian units are one of the categories featured in the iconic New Year’s Day Parade. For Beymer, who has been training horses since the age of 13, the parade has always been a chance to see horses shine.
Now, for the second time, Beymer will be riding horses in the holiday celebration – this time in the 133rd Rose Parade. The parade, which draws approximately 800,000 spectators and millions of viewers, will take place from 9 am to 1 pm on January 1 in Pasadena, California. Following.
Beymer grew up in Southern California. She got her first job working with horses in a rental stable and boarding house at the age of 13.
âI’ve been training horses ever since,â Beymer said.
Today she owns and trains Starfire Farm in Berthoud, where she helps raise and train Norwegian fjord horses. The farm has been in operation since 1988.
Prior to training horses full time, Beymer was an animal control officer in Longmont from 1988 to 1991, then a Boulder police officer from 1991 to 2000.
Beymer started riding in the Rose Parade in 2014. Beymer said participation in this year’s parade is particularly significant as it was canceled in 2021 due to the coronavirus pandemic.
âThis is really a big deal,â Beymer said, her voice charged with emotion. âIt is an honor to be selected. When you turn onto Colorado Boulevard and it goes straight on for five and a half miles and it’s full of peopleâ¦ It’s just crazy. It is an incredible feeling.
Beymer will ride Starfire Giotto, a Norwegian fjord, and lead four other horses in a formation of five abreast.
Beymer will be joined in the parade by 28-year-old rider Victoria Arling of Boulder. Her parents Ann and Ed Arling will attend the parade as marchers. Arling also rode with Beymer in the 2014 Rose Parade.
“I am really delighted to have the opportunity to return there, especially since it did not happen last year due to COVID,” said Arling. “It’s been a long time coming for this round.”
Arling said she looks forward to the chance to showcase the horses, meet other people at the parade, and attend an in-person event.
In addition to the hundreds of thousands of people who come to see the parade, it is televised around the world, giving Beymer and Arling the opportunity to show the horses to a wider audience.
âI hope this will interest others in Norwegian Fjord Horses and be able to showcase the versatility and skills they have to offer,â said Arling.
People can watch the parade by broadcasting the Los Angeles news station KTLA. It also airs on ABC, Hallmark Channel, NBC, RFD-TV and Univision, according to the Rose Parade website.
Ahead of the parade, Beymer and Arling will participate in a choreographed musical performance, called Equestfest, with their horses from 10 a.m. to 3 p.m. on Wednesday.
With growing excitement, Beymer doubts she could sleep the night before. In preparation for the parade, Beymer expects to wake up at 4 a.m. on New Years Day.
âWe will ring in the New Year at the end of Highway 710, which they closed to park all equestrian units overnight,â Beymer said. âWe will camp in our caravans with our horses.
Besides the Rose Parade, Beymer also rides in the Colorado Horse Expo, the Berthoud Day Parade and has also performed at the National Western Stock Show and Rodeo.
The former Boulder officer also continues to assist law enforcement. In addition to performing, Beymer trained Starfire Giotto to assist the Boulder County Sheriff’s Office with search and rescue operations.
On Friday morning, Beymer will be on the road to California with the horses in tow. Beymer said she looked forward to when the parade descended Colorado Avenue to see thousands of people fill the sidewalks to watch.
âIt’s important that people are so happy,â Beymer said. âBeing able to give them this gift of happiness is really cool. “