Parade Guidelines

1. All TROD parade participants, must sign in with the parade coordinator upon arrival at designated meeting area and turn in current Coggins Test results before the parade steps off.

2. Because of insurance reasons, only current TROD members are permitted to participate in parades representing TROD. (You are welcome to join or renew your membership the day of the parade).

3. All participants, under 18 years of age, must be accompanied by a parent or other adult TROD member who has agreed to supervise them.

4. Only experienced riders are permitted to ride upon a horse in the parade.

5. Only one adult rider per horse. If a child is also riding behind that adult she/he must be in a child saddle that attaches to the adult saddle.

6. Horses must be as clean as possible.

7. Horses must be in good physical condition, sound with no sign of lameness.

8. No full size stallions are allowed to participate in the parade regardless of how calm they are.

9. Horses that have a tendency to kick must wear a red ribbon on their tail as a warning sign to others.

10. Horse should be kept a minimum of 10 feet from spectators. Ride two by two or single file. No riding three horses across. Formation is important.

11. Mistreatment of horses or persons, including yelling at horses or persons, will not be tolerated.

12. Throwing candy from vehicles, floats or horseback is not allowed as it can create a dangerous situation for small children that may run into the street or into the path of a moving animal or vehicle.

13. All horses should be ridden at a walk at all times to, from, and during the parade. Walkers and riders must stay together at all times for safety reasons.

14. Any overly excited horse should be walked by its owner on a lead rope. If your horse is not cooperating, you may be asked to load your horse into the TROD trailer where it will remain until the end of the parade. Safety is of utmost importance.

15. Walkers will carry a lead rope and will walk between the horses and the crowd. Make sure you know who the walkers are should you need their help during the parade.

16. Carry the name and phone number of the parade coordinator (630-453-2437) on your person in case you get lost or need directions.


“WARNING. Under the Equine Activity Liability Act, each participant who engages in an equine activity expressly assumes the risks of engaging in and legal responsibility for injury, loss, or damage to person or property resulting from the risk of equine activities.”

Photos courtesy of Krista Coltrin Copyright 2008.