Express file photo WAGON DAYS

The Wagon Days Big Hitch Parade features numerous horse riders, as well as horse-driven stagecoaches and carriages, among scores of entries that make it one of the largest nonmotorized parades in the Northwest. The Americanas riding group is a popular entry in the parade year after year.

The following is a list of participants in the Wagon Days Big Hitch Parade, in the order they are scheduled to appear:

1) Ketchum Police Department

Beginning the Wagon Days parade are riders Lorraine Wilcox and Dave Aslett, representing the Ketchum Police Department.

2) David Ketchum American Legion Post 115

The David Ketchum Post American Legion Hall is a gathering place for veterans of America’s past and current wars. The post proudly counts among its number veterans from World War II, Korea, Vietnam, Gulf War and the recent conflicts in Iraq and Afghanistan. They still serve today in supporting Boys State, Girls State, Boy Scouts, Girl Scouts and American Legion baseball, and provide assistance dogs for wounded warriors.

3) 2019 Wagon Days Grand Marshals Kathy and Patsy Wygle

The city of Ketchum honors the 2019 Wagon Days Grand Marshals Kathy and Patsy Wygle. For more than 50 years, Kathy Wygle has remained at the center of theater arts in Ketchum. She served over 20 years at the helm of the nexStage Theatre, ensuring that the tradition of theater and culture remains in Ketchum. She and her sister, Patsy, introduced generations of community children to the arts. Kathy Wygle founded Laughing Stock Theater in 1977. In 1992, she became executive director of the Sun Valley Repertory Company, which later became the Sun Valley Performing Arts/nexStage Theatre. Patsy Wygle has been a theatrical force in the valley for decades. She and her late husband, Keith Moore, began performing musicals for Laughing Stock in 1988. Patsy and Keith also headed the Upper School Theatre program at the Community School for six years. The Wygles continue to run Laughing Stock Theater in Ketchum, producing the annual Shakespeare Festival and “A Christmas Carol.” They also run after-school classes and Summer Stages, a summer performing arts camp held in July. Kathy and Patsy have made significant and lasting contributions to this community and its culture for many years.

4) Ketchum Mayor Neil Bradshaw

Riding in the wagon is Ketchum Mayor Neil Bradshaw, accompanied by his wife, Ivana, and his parents, Frances and Tony Bradshaw, who traveled from London to be here today.

5) City of Ketchum

The City of Ketchum proudly presents Wagon Days weekend. Riding in the Lewis Coach are Ketchum City Council members Amanda Breen, Jim Slanetz, Michael David and Courtney Hamilton. The Lewis Coach was given to the city of Ketchum along with the Lewis Ore Wagons. Horace Lewis began the Ketchum Fast Freight Line soon after the town was founded on Aug. 2, 1880. The magnificent wagons carried the first load of ore from the Elkhorn Mine to the railroad in Kelton, Utah. One hundred and forty years ago, this coach could often be found parked in front of the Lewis Family home, which is the present-day home to The Elephant’s Perch. The coach is driven by Mike Swainston.

6) City of Sun Valley

Riding in this wagon are Sun Valley Mayor Peter Hendricks and his wife, Lisa-Marie Allen. This John Deere carriage dates from around 1900 and was restored to its original condition by Wayne Orvick of Wood River Carriage Works. The carriage was purchased by the city of Sun Valley along with a sleigh. The carriage was originally used to transport guests at the old Geyer Hot Springs Resort in the early 1900s.

7) The Holding Landau Carriage

Riding together are two women who have helped shape the Ketchum and Sun Valley community in significant and lasting ways: Mrs. Carol Holding and Mrs. Glenn Janss. Both women have been honored in previous years as Wagon Days grand marshals, and Wagon Days is honored to have them here with us today. This carriage is a beautifully restored circa-1880 five-glass landau carriage. Sun Valley Co. provides the ground for the staging area where parade contestants line up for the parade, without which this parade would not be possible. Pulling the Landau is a team of gray Percherons driven by Calvin Chatfield.

8) The Blaine County Museum’s Heritage Court

The Heritage Court includes:

Connie Grabow, nominated by the city of Ketchum. She represents Sun Valley and Ketchum. She has volunteered for many organizations, including The Community Library, Moritz Hospital and many cultural and sports organizations.

Verla Goitiandia, nominated by the Blaine County Historical Museum. She represents Hailey and is honored for her work with 4H and as an election poll worker and managing the Hemingway School kitchen.

Judy Peterson, nominated by the Blaine County Fair Board. She drove school buses for several years and helped with her husband’s wood-hauling business.

Pam Rayborn, nominated by the city of Bellevue. She was born in the Sun Valley

Lodge. She managed a trailer park in Hailey and worked as a ski instructor at Rotarun.

9) Americanas

The Americanas have been performing for 35 years and in more than 500 performances. Throughout the years they have had more than 400 riders. They have been to Washington, D.C., three times and have performed at the Rose Parade. The lead riders are riding “Roman,” or two horses at a time with a foot on each horse. Riding with them is their founder, Mel Griffeth.

10) Rebecca’s Private Idaho and World Bicycle Relief

Rebecca’s Private Idaho is a ticket to the wild, rugged Idaho that few people know. Ride 100 miles with mountain-bike endurance champion Rebecca Rusch on grueling gravel roads through canyons, over summits and across high-mountain basins. When you’re done, experience a healthy dose of Western hospitality and the good feeling that comes from supporting charities like the Wood River Bike Coalition, Bikes Belong and World Bicycle Relief.

11) Jerome High School Ambush of Tigers Marching Unit

Approaching is the Jerome High School Ambush of Tigers Marching Band, led by Drum Major Vanessa Estrada, Band Director Hiroshi Fukuoka and Color Guard Coach Amanda Hall. The Ambush has performed in regional and national parades, including the National Independence Day Parade in Washington, D.C., and the Rose Festival Grand Floral Parade in Portland, Ore., and makes regular appearance at the Wagon Days Big Hitch Parade. The Ambush would like to thank Jerome Music Boosters, the Jerome School District and all of its fans for their continued support.

12) Ralphie the Camel and Friends

Ralphie, Humphrie and Dude. These camels are owned by Jeral and Jeanie Williams of Idaho Falls. They are Bactrian camels. The Bactrian camel has two humps on its back. The humps are composed of fat, not water as is often said. Camels have served as pack animals since ancient times. Their tolerance for cold, drought and high altitudes enabled travel along the Silk Road.

13) Buffy the White Buffalo

And now, a special treat for Wagon Days! Please welcome Buffy, a white buffalo. To Native Americans, the bison or American buffalo is a symbol of sacred life and abundance. The birth of a white buffalo is said to provide hope and is an indication of good times to come. Buffy lives in Idaho Falls with Jeral and Jeanine Williams.

14) Prospector Squeaks

Prospector Squeaks, his brother, Oreo, the trapper and their loyal companion, Okey the Donkey, bring their furs and ore from the mines into town to trade for supplies before heading back into the wilderness. They are accompanied by their sisters, P.T. and Lydia Hotsprings on their trusted donkey, Lil’ Bit, for a visit to the local market and an evening of dancing.

15) Lewis and Clark Voyage of Discovery on Mustangs

A family of Spanish American mustangs from the Pryor Mountain and Elko, Nev., herds carry Capt. Meriwether Lewis (Ralph Harris) and trusted scout/hunter Shawnee/French Canadian Georges Druyard (Tom Crais) and Mohawk trapper John Grey (Tony Tekaroniake Evans). Silver Chief and Sunshine are the parents of Red Velvet and Tango. The family of mustangs live together in the mountains of Fairfield on the Tommy C Three Ranch.

16) Northern Shoshoni and Sheepeater Shoshoni and Bannock bands

Welcome to the Northern Shoshoni and Sheepeater Shoshoni and Bannock bands, representing the Shoshone-Bannock Tribes of the Fort Hall Reservation, Idaho. The Shoshoni people who have always inhabited the central Idaho/southwestern Montana and the Wood River Valley of Idaho are returning to their homelands, where they have lived for generations, before the opening of the West by Lewis and Clark. Their journey west was guided by a young Shoshoni woman, named Sacajawea, and her descendants are here today, celebrating along with the citizens and residents of Ketchum/Sun Valley. This is a reintroduction of the original people of the Wood River Valley and surrounding areas where the Shoshoni and Bannocks returned to gather/hunt and harvest in their annual subsistence areas. The traditional clothing worn are called “regalia” and should not be referred to as costumes. The warriors on horses are considered the “lords of the Pacific Northwest Rockies,” living and traveling throughout the toughest terrain and carving out a way of life many have considered hard. Today is the is the beginning of new friendships and the opportunity to learn about the first people of the Wood River Valley.

17) Mail Cart

This is Quaden out delivering his mail on his cart. The first horse-drawn mail cart started in 1914 from St. Louis to San Francisco.

18) Ice Cart

Kodie is driving the Ice Cart. The first ice cart was built in early 1900. Children would run to the ice wagons to get ice shavings on a hot day.

19) Blaine County Democrats

Riding in this wagon is state Sen. Michelle Stennett, state Rep. Muffy Davis, state Rep. Sally Toone, Blaine County Commissioners Angenie McCleary, Jacob Greenberg and Dick Fosbury and Blaine County Assessor Jim Williams.

20) Black Peruvian Pasos

These two beautiful black Peruvian paso horses live and play here in Sun Valley. Peruvian pasos are the smoothest-riding horse in the world. Both their gait and the flashy leg action are completely natural. Peruvian pasos were bred and used in Peru by ranchers who had to travel many miles each day to work their ranches and wanted to ride in comfort. These beauties are owned by the Riccabona family. The big gelding is Rudy and was born in San Antonio, Texas. Rudy’s rider is Steve Riccabona, a Keller Williams real estate agent here in Sun Valley. The little mare is Misty. She was born in Carey, Idaho. Misty’s rider is Amanda Porino of Sun Valley. These horses are bright and show a lot of personality. Rudy and Misty enjoy a parade but really love to walk the trails high into the mountains and run the dirt roads around the rivers.

21) The Get-Away-Cart

Gang way—Miss Moneybags, Galena McMahon and her accomplice Stealin’ Stu have pulled off one of the greatest heists in Ketchum’s history by emptying the vaults of the Isaac Lewis First National Bank. She’s not in the clear yet—Sheriff Austin is hot on their trail and he doesn’t give up easily.

22) Ketchum Firefighters Local 4758 and Wood River Firefighters Local 4923

Taking part in a time-honored tradition dating back to 1954, the Ketchum Professional Firefighters Local 4758 and the Wood River Firefighters Local 4923 are riding in support of the Muscular Dystrophy Association. The Muscular Dystrophy Association is the world’s leading nonprofit health organization sponsoring research seeking the cause of and effective treatment for neuromuscular diseases. Money raised today by “filling the boot” provides services and support such as free clinics, motorized wheelchairs and other much-needed specialized equipment to more than 600 southern Idaho residents who have muscular dystrophy. Thirty-eight local children had the opportunity to attend MDA summer camp in McCall, Idaho, due to your generous donations. At camp they meet other children with neuromuscular diseases. They have the chance to socialize, swap stories of their experiences and, most importantly, have some fun. Participants enjoyed the zip line, swimming, boating, archery and treasure hunts. Joining the firefighters is Jacob Bottinger and his family. Jacob is the Idaho state ambassador to the Muscular Dystrophy Association.

23) Smokey the Bear

Since 1944, Smokey’s been working hard to inspire Americans to prevent wildfires. Created in 1944, the Smokey Bear Wildfire Prevention campaign has educated generations of America about their role in preventing wildfires. Despite the campaign’s success over the years, wildfire prevention remains one of the most critical issues affecting our country. Smokey’s message is as relevant and urgent today as it was in 1944. Wildfire prevention remains crucial, and he still needs your help. Smokey’s catch-phrase reflects your responsibility: “Only you can prevent wildfires.” Remember that this phrase is so much more than just a slogan—it’s an important way to care for the world around you.

24) Jose Heredia

Demonstrating the Mexican culture of floreo de la reata (rope tricks) and charro (maneuvers on horse and on foot) are Jose and Cesar Heredia (father and son). Jose learned the charro traditions from his father, like his father learned from his. And now his son, Cesar, is following the tradition learning from him. Charro traditions include breaking horses, rounding and branding cattle and floreo de la reata. They perform in several events around the Treasure Valley and annually in the Wagon Days parade.

25) Escaramuza Charra Sueño Dorado

The escaramuza charra is the only female equestrian event in the Mexican charrerìa. The escaramuza means “skirmish” and it consists of a team riding horses choreographed to the rhythm of Mexican music. The women ride sidesaddle and wear traditional Mexican costumes that include sombreros, dresses and matching accessories. A team consists up to 16 women, but only six can ride at a time. The routine is practiced in an arena.

26) The Concord Stage

The Abbot Downey Concord stages were most commonly used on transcontinental runs, changing horses every 20 miles. It was a grueling 15 mph ride for the passengers. What separated Abbot and Downing from other coachbuilders of their day were the vehicles’ handsome appearance, durability and overall quality. These masterpieces of construction have no equal. Concord stages were the first to offer shock-absorbance through braces—an important feature not just for passengers, but for the animals pulling them, too. These braces allowed the coach to rock back and forth and swing sideways, too, providing forward momentum for the teams. This Concord stage is part of the Rock family’s Hook Draw collection, driven by Jim Barton of the Carey Bar B Ranch with his beautiful Percherons.

27) Ms. Idaho Senior America Queens


28) Snake River Stampede Whiskey Wagon

The Snake River Stampede in Nampa, a top-10 PRCA rodeo, proudly presents its restored 1880s freight wagon, which originally ran the Caldwell-to-Jordan-Valley route. Today, it represents Snake River Stampede Whiskey. The hitch is being pulled by matched Belgian-quarter-horse-cross draft horses.

29) Snake River Stampede Stagecoach

The Snake River Stampede, a Hall of Fame rodeo in Nampa, Idaho, that just celebrated its 104th anniversary, proudly presents its icon Snake River Stampede Stagecoach. The stagecoach, an original M.P. Henderson coach of Stockton, Calif., was built in about 1885 and ran the Murphy-Silver City route up through the early 1900s. The coach just underwent a complete restoration and is being pulled by Belgian-quarter-horse-cross draft horses.

30) River Grove Ranch Peruvian Pasos

Peruvian pasos are known as the Cadillac of horses due to their naturally smooth gate. The breed has been perfected for more than 400 years and is considered the national pride of Peru. These are surefooted horses that go long distances through all kinds of terrain never breaking their gait. Leading the Peruvian pasos is Nicole Brass, a fourth-generation Idahoan from the pioneer Brass family. Nicole breeds and trains these naturally gaited horses at River Grove Ranch in Hailey.

31) Wood River Chapel

This is what a funeral procession would have looked like in the Wood River Valley in the late 1800s. This original wagon entry is complete with a coffin of the era commonly called a “toe pincher.” The horses are two brothers, Doc and Eddie.

32) The Old Frontier Gang

The Old Frontier Gang is riding in an original Yellowstone stagecoach over 100 years old. The Old Frontier Gang was originally called The Hailey Hellers. It has been in existence for nearly 50 years. The coach is an original Yellowstone coach made in New Hampshire by the firm of Abbott & Downing. The horses are Percherons named Joe and Benny and are owned by Richard and Eric Barney.

33) Swiftsure Ranch Therapeutic Equestrian Center

Swiftsure Ranch Therapeutic Equestrian Center provides therapies to qualifying participants. The goal of therapeutic riding is to promote independence through learning riding skills. Riders combine physical activity, cognitive stimulation and emotional connection with the horse. The strength, rhythmic motion and warmth of the horse allow riders to improve muscle tone, balance and coordination while enjoying exercise and learning in a positive, safe environment. Horse and rider become a team, offering the student the opportunity to develop the kind of communication skills, trust and accomplishment that go beyond the barn. The connection between animal and human has been proven to foster respect and confidence, while the gentle, loving nature of the horse lessens anxiety and fear. Students become highly motivated to learn and to grow toward their full potential.

34) Trailing of the Sheep Festival

The Trailing of the Sheep Festival will celebrate its 23rd year Oct. 9-13. Five days of wonderful and informative events for all ages are listed on its website. Check out the full schedule of culinary adventures, wool fest classes, the Folklife Fair, Sheepdog Trials, dancing, music and educational opportunities, all concluding in the Big Sheep Parade on Sunday, sponsored by the city of Ketchum, and its Happy Trails Celebration at Town Square.

35) The Papoose Club and Old Time Fiddlers

The fiddlers have been a part of Wagon Days for many years. You can see them playing each morning at the Pancake Breakfast. This favorite local event will be held Saturday and Sunday from 8 a.m. to noon at Ketchum Town Square. Volunteers from Papoose Club--one of the Wood River Valley’s oldest philanthropic organizations--will dish up all-you-can-eat pancakes, scrambled eggs, sausage, fruit, juice and hot coffee.

36) 1910 Troy Tank Wagon

A pair of early-1900s Troy Tank wagons used to transport Standard Oil petroleum products in the Magic Valley of Idaho and the Baker Valley of eastern Oregon, pulled by a three-abreast team of grey-Percheron-thoroughbreds-cross horses. Both are owned by Jerry Wilcox of Vale, Ore.

37) Southern Comfort Gaited Horse Club

Southern Comfort Gaited Horse Club is located in the Treasure Valley and raises money to share with various horse charities in the area. The club promotes sound, naturally-gaited horses, including the popular Tennessee walker, the various mountain breeds and the Spanish paso finos. They love to share the smooth ride and versatility of these gaited breeds with fun shows and play days, horsemanship clinics and performances featuring their two drill teams. Today we have their Spanish team in the pretty red-and-black skirts and fan shawls, and their American breed team in their striking red-and-black outfit.

40) Mini Pack Trip

Mighty Mike, age 3, and Little Dan, age 9, are miniature horses owned by Debbie Hook of McCammon, Idaho.

41) River Sage Stables

Tap and Di, two beautifully matched Haflingers, pull the carriage from River Sage Stables of Bellevue, owned by Richard and Penny Weiss and driven by Pat Mcgary, who are joined by Steve and Nancy Carandall Wall in the carriage.

42) Happy Ass Ranch

Restored 1920s Studebaker hitch wagon was purchased at a Sisters, Oregon, auction. The only salvageable original parts were the floor boards. Great care has been taken to preserve the integrity of this wagon. Pulling the hitch is Spanky, a 21-year-old quarter mule. Spanky won the single-hitch entry in 2014 at Bishop Mule Days and is representing the Happy Ass Ranch from Middleton, Idaho.

43) The Susie Q Ranch and Zions Bank Hitch

The Susie Q Ranch in Picabo and Zions Bank present a restored 1870s livery wagon discovered near a train station in Nevada. The wagon has been beautifully restored. The wagon is pulled by Mike and Max, a team of spotted drafts, and driven by Greg and Amy Peterson. The team and wagon are owned by Harris and Amanda Simmons, owners of the Susie Q Ranch.

44) Nabel Horse Training

Henry Nabel is a reining trainer from Caldwell, Idaho, here to celebrate Wagon Days and the spirit of the West! Some of the best-trained horses in Idaho got their start at Nabel Horse Training.

45) Sunnyside Farms Inc.

Sunnyside Farms is a nonprofit organization that strives to preserve and promote the Norwegian fjord horse for therapeutic use. It breeds its imported horses to create genetic diversity and sustainability in the rare and unique equine. As they age, the farm partners with its horses to provide behavioral health and wellness to people of all ages in southwestern Montana and outlying areas. Learn more at

46) D.L. Evans Bank

The entry is a restored-to-working-condition Midwestern grain wagon circa 1890. The horses are owned and driven by Scott Heins from Rupert, Idaho. The entry is sponsored by D.L. Evans Bank and the Boot Barn in Twin Falls.

47) Ace Wrecking Service

Ace Wrecking Service—“You wreck ‘em, we haul them, from broken wheels and crashes, to being stuck in a rut, runaways and ensnaring bogs. We tow 24 hours a day, seven days a week. We’ll Ace any tow job, guaranteed.” Ace is a 19-year-old miniature horse. Silvia Lockyer is the teamster. Elizabeth Lockyer is leading Molly, a 10-year-old miniature mare.

48) WW Mules

Crowds love these homegrown gray Molly mules, Zip and Dot. They are full sisters and were raised on the farm of Von and Pat White. They are pulling a new two-seat buggy being used for the first time. Makayla Taylor is the newly crowned queen of the Cassia Fair and Rodeo, held the third week in August. Makayla is 18 and from Malta, Idaho. Today she is riding her favorite ranch horse, 26-year-old Ruby.

50) Cassia County Fair and Rodeo

51) Days of the Old West Rodeo Ambassadors

The Sawtooth Rangers Riding Club hosts the Days of the Old West Rodeo each year over July 2-4, and these lovely ladies are two of the Days of the Old West Rodeo ambassadors.

52) Sawtooth Rangers

The Sawtooth Rangers produce the annual Days of the Old West Rodeo in Hailey every Fourth of July.

53) Lincoln County Fair and Rodeo Senior Queen

54) Lincoln County Junior Queen


55) Richfield Outlaw Day Junior Queen


67) Idaho State Riding Association

The Idaho State Riding Association was established in 1947. The association consists of 13 clubs with a total of 240 members, who compete in precision drill, parade and team gaming events. Interested parties or groups can find it on Facebook. Current ISRA president is Kelly Smith. 

Representing the Idaho State Riding Association are: the Cassia County Sheriff’s Posse, an all men’s riding group from Burley, Idaho; the Minidoka Wranglers, an all-women’s riding group from Rupert, Idaho; the Mini-Cassia Outlaws, a junior co-ed posse ranging from 8-18 years old, from Rupert, Idaho; the Snake River Saddlemen, a co-ed family-friendly riding group from Rupert, Idaho; the Chaparrals, a co-ed riding group from Pocatello, Idaho; the Highlander Hoofbeats, a women’s riding group from Soda Springs, Idaho; the Madison County Sheriff’s Posse Upper Valley Wranglers, a co-ed riding group from Rexburg, Idaho; the Jefferson County Posse from Rigby, Idaho; the Jefferson Junior Posse, a co-ed junior riding group from Rigby, Idaho; the Gem State Riders, a women’s riding group from Shelley, Idaho; the Renegade Riders, a women’s riding group from Pocatello, Idaho; the War Bonnet Junior Posse, a co-ed junior riding group from Idaho Falls, Idaho; and the Magic Valley Silver Spurs, a co-ed riding group from Rupert, Idaho. The members of the Idaho State Riding Association are honored to participate in the Wagon Days Parade and festivities.

68) City of Ketchum Water Wagon

The water wagon and commissary were used to carry water for the mules and men on journeys across the plains and desert. The wagon is pulled by a team owned and driven by Bob Tomaski from Montana.

69) Ketchum-Warm Springs Riding Club

The Ketchum-Warm Springs Riding Club is one of the oldest riding clubs in Idaho. It was formed in the 1950s to keep horses in shape for hunting season, but has evolved into a sociable group of trail riders who enjoy good meals, great company and a nice ride in the mountains. Members currently range from Bellevue to Stanley. The club has historically met every Wednesday evening in Adams Gulch. It also brings out young 4H riders in the hope of keeping riding clubs alive and well. The Riding Club rides in front of the Big Hitch each year to help remind the crowd that safety is important, so please stay well back, and thanks for coming out to the parade!

70) City of Ketchum Big Hitch

As always, the best for last. The grand finale to the Wagon Days parade, the Big Hitch. These six original Lewis Fast Freight Line ore wagons were originally used to transport ore from the mountains that surround the valley. These wagons traversed the dangerous Trail Creek Summit. The Horace Lewis family donated the wagons to the city of Ketchum. Pulling the wagon is a 20-draft-mule jerkline, driven by professional mule skinner Bobby Tanner of Bishop, Calif., assisted by his crew and brakeman: Tim Deckard, Doug McClean, Jesse Deckard and Ryan Eittriem. Please keep quiet as the hitch passes as the mules must be able to hear voice commands.

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