Congratulations to the American Shetland Ponies of Hal & Deb Bryant - Norris City, IL, for winning the Pegasus Parade Non-Commercial Driven Unit! What the Run for the Roses is to horse racing, Louisville's Kentucky Derby Festival is to community celebrations. The Festival is one of the premiere events of its kind in the world. It brings fun, excitement, international recognition and a spirit that is unmatched anywhere.
What is Derby Festival? The Commonwealth's largest single annual event, and one of Louisville's most popular entertainment attractions, the celebration is produced by Kentucky Derby Festival, Inc., a private, not-for-profit civic organization.
The Festival is not affiliated directly with Churchill Downs or the Kentucky Derby. It is a separate organization. The Festival celebrates the horse race, but more importantly the unique spirit of the community at "Derby" time. The Derby Festival has become a rite of spring.
Over the years the Bryant's have participated in the Pegasus Parade many, many times. Sometimes we went on our own, sometimes with a club we were associated with and this year it was just a small group of us who wanted to have some fun and represent the Miniatures and Shetlands!
You have to submit an application - describing your unit, etc. to be accepted. The Parade is always held on the Thursday before the first Saturday in May (Derby Day).
Attendance for the Parade was estimated at 225,000. The Parade route is down Broadway in downtown Louisville.
Eash horse is given a participation ribbon designed specifically each year for this Parade.
Our team of Shetlands in the photo are Congress Champions.
This year our group consisted of: Hal & Deb Bryant - Norris City, IL, Jim & Audrey Neely - Bowling Green, KY (Audrey was our groups organizer), Bette Morrow - Sharon Grove, KY, and Janet Dudick - Louisville, KY.