Rose Parade Horse Dies

Mr Right Stuff, a 26-year veteran of Rose Bowl Parades, was euthanized after a trailer accident.

The American Quarter Horse Journal
July 9, 2013

Mr Right Stuff, aka "Bucky," a Rose Parade veteran, dies

Owner Carol Tennant and Mr Right Stuff completed their 26th Rose Bowl Parade appearance in 2013. (Photo courtesy of Carol Tennant)

Mr Right Stuff, a 30-year-old gelding who had been ridden in 26 Rose Bowl Parades, was euthanized July 3 after a trailer accident.
Owner Carol Tennant of Ojai, California, was driving to Prescott, Arizona, to participate in the Frontier Days Parade when the accident happened.

“‘Bucky’ was hurt and down in the trailer,” Carol wrote to AQHA Executive Committee member Sandy Arledge of Rancho Santa Fe, California, who had owned Bar Mesa, Bucky’s sire. “I was driving and went off the road. I kept the Suburban and trailer from overturning, but we had two flat tires on one side of the trailer, and Bucky got shaken up and hit his head.”

After Carol managed to get her vehicle stopped, passersby and animal control officers offered assistance, but Bucky had a concussion.

“We had my vet on the phone along with the vet from Blythe, (California), animal control (workers) who were wonderful horse people and several good Samaritans who also had horses,” Carol wrote. “Everyone helped our boy. He never was able to get up with all of us helping. When he went into spasms, my vet told me that his brain was swelling, and we could not save him. We decided to humanely put him down.”

Carla Routt of Rolling Hills Estate, California, one of Bucky’s former owners, was on hand when the decision was made, as well as Carol’s husband, John, who also rode Bucky.

Mr Right Stuff was a 1983 palomino by Bar Mesa and out of Treasure Wagon by Chuck Wagon. He was bred by Deborah Peckham of Del Mar, California.

Bucky was ridden as part of the Long Beach Mounted Police, a volunteer unit that participates in the Rose Bowl parade and about 12 other parades yearly. The horses are all palominos, and the riders wear red, white and blue, carry American flags and ride on silver-studded parade saddles.

Bucky was a 2-year-old when he entered his first Rose Bowl Parade and only missed the 2009 parade.

“He had a big personality,” Carol said. “He thought I was his person. He was like that from the time I started riding him. He would bite other horses if I started grooming them. I hear his father Bar Mesa was an affectionate horse, too.”

Many media outlets covered the accident involving a horse from the acclaimed mounted unit.

“He was our very special horse,” Carol wrote to Sandy. “I am forwarding this to you so you know that he made a special impact on many lives.”