Palm Sunday And Beyond

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There are several events leading up to Easter, and one of them took place this past Sunday.  Churches across Southern California commemorated Palm Sunday by recreating the eventful entry of Jesus into Jerusalem.  And while these performances were filled with waving palms, which was also thrown before the actor’s feet, it was Giddy Up Ranch that provided the ass he rode in on.

One of those locations was the United Methodist Church in Redondo Beach, where not only did the congregation welcome our Jerusalem Donkey, but many also knew her by name.

Though it was my first visit to this place of worship, one of us had been there before. Our donkey was quickly recognized, greeted and even called by name. Now, I must admit, we have several people that assist us on the ranch that couldn’t tell the name of one donkey from the next, so it was puzzling that this group in Redondo was able to remember.  But soon the pieces came together, as I met the church’s Pastor, Molly, who bears the same name as their repeat visitor.

After our Molly posed for photographs, she then led the Palm Sunday procession, with a child actor aboard.  As the palm was laid before her feet, she was somewhat tempted to stop and nibble. But having a job to do, onward she went.   Through the church, adjacent the stage, and patiently waiting for the Pastor to finish her words, Molly was a Palm Sunday centerpiece, with all eyes on her.

Live Nativity

Be it Jesus’ arrival in Jerusalem or Mary riding into Bethlehem, the donkey is an integral part of biblical recreations.  If you already missed out on a Palm Sunday presentation, you still have several months to reserve a donkey for Christmas performances.  The December dates book fast, so be sure to reserve yours today.

Cinco De Mayo

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Of course, donkeys aren’t limited to biblical themes, and the calendar shows another  event right around the corner.  Cinco De Mayo is quickly approaching, and in the past we have provided display donkeys to bars all over the  Southland. The above photograph was taken locally at the Tilted Kilt a year ago,  as an Irish pub was transformed into a Latin Cantina for the Mexican Holiday.  If you are a bar owner or marketing manager interested in a burro for your festivities, give us a call today.

Be it a Kentucky Derby gag animal or a birthday party with a Latin Theme, our donkeys are available and ready to entertain.  Make this jaw-dropping addition, and invite all your friends and family to come check out your ass.

 

 

A Caramel Coated Extra

We traveled to Van Nuys last summer to assist in the creation of a Keiynon Lonsdale music video (EXPLICIT LYRICS WARNING).  The song, “Good Life”, sprang to life on the greens of a local golf course.  And one of its extras added to the theme, if not stealing the entire show.

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Caramel is our alpaca that bears a beautiful wool coat of the same color.  He was the only animal we were asked to provide.  And as you can see by watching the music video, no others were really needed.

Caramel gave our client what he asked for, if not more.  When needed, this animal actor stood  in place, walked across the set, and even sat for the final shot.  This meant he had to patiently wait between wardrobe changes by Lonsdale and an exchange of props on set.  This wasn’t a problem for our four-legged extra, as he simply found a shaded waiting area in the grass and some grain to stuff his face.

Keiynan Lonsdale is an Australian born actor, who throws his hat into the music ring from time to time. He is more noted for his role as “Kid Flash” on the television series “The Flash”. He also starred in the ABC series “Dance Academy”, and appeared in the second film of the “Divergent” series, which is titled “Insurgent”.

Is was a pleasure to meet and work with Lonsdale and his team, and I wish him continued success in film and music. “Good Life’ was officially released on August 20, 2017.

 

Ventura County Took Notice

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It seems like it was just yesterday that I was telling everyone that Harry was ready to take the world by storm. And in an instant, he provided us with another example.

On a recent trip to Valley View Middle School in Simi Valley, our beautiful Bactrian impressed both students and the local press at this history day presentation. Harry appeared in the March 14th edition of the newspaper, and as you can see by the photographs posted, he still isn’t camera shy.

Oceans & Valleys

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While we are always searching for new locations to serve you, here’s a quick reminder that we have maintained a longstanding presence at two current markets.

Monrovia Street Fair

We have been a steady fixture at this San Gabriel Valley street fair for more than a year now. You can find our setup on the corner of Myrtle and Colorado, adjacent to the Wells Fargo.  What makes Monrovia unique is that the attractions are unlimited.  You can join us there for pony rides, camel rides and a full petting zoo.

The Market officially opens at 5:00 pm every Friday, and currently runs till 9:00 pm.  But you will find us open for business even earlier, as we are ready to go as soon as our setup is complete.

Surf City Nights

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As the temperature dropped, we vacated this Huntington Beach street fair in December.  But we will be making a return on Tuesday, April 3rd, so beach-goers can once again enjoy our adorable petting zoo.

Our location within the fair has moved.  So if  you were used to finding us in from of the Post Office on the corner of Main and Olive, you can now find us across from Baskin Robbins. If you’re having any trouble finding our location, just follow your nose. I’m sure it will lead you right to us.

The Surf City Nights Street Fair runs from 5:00 pm – 9:00 pm every Tuesday.   But just as it is in Monrovia, we are open for business as soon as the fences go up.

MONROVIA STREET FAIR                                                   SURF CITY NIGHTS

  • 700 S. Myrtle Ave                                                              200 Main Street 
  • Monrovia, CA 91016                                                 Huntington Beach, CA 92648
  • 5:00 pm – 9: 00 pm                                                            5:00 pm – 9:00 pm 
  • Every Friday                                                                      Every Tuesday

Difference Makers

Although our website displays several packages, you should know that each can be tailored to your needs. For religious purposes, some customers choose not to have the pig. Just put in the request, and we’ll leave the little squealers at home.

Just as every occasion is different, so are the themes.  You don’t have to accept every animal listed for our petting zoo, just as you can make additions to those already listed.  Giddy Up Ranch works for you, to ensure that everything is a perfect fit.  Not sure what you will need? Talk to us.  Once we know the theme, we will work with you to bring everything to life.

In a recent visit to The Cause Church in Brea, we did our part in providing the animals necessary for a two-day “Noah’s Ark” themed service.  Of course, this called for additions to our deluxe petting zoo, and we happily obliged.

Whether you’re disgusted by swine, allergic to equines or just prefer smaller animals, just drop us a note.  If possible, we will make substitutions.  And if necessary, we will make additions.

Chag Purim Sameach!

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In case you can’t google fast enough to translate the title of this blog post, I’m here to assist you. The language is Hebrew, and the English translation is “Happy Purim Festival”. This Jewish holiday is celebrated late winter or early spring.  And for more than twenty years now, Giddy Up Ranch has been a major part of the celebration. 

For Giddy Up Ranch, Purim brings many visits to Jewish temples, schools and private homes across Southern California. The desired items may vary, though the festivities are all the same. Some will keep it simple with just a petting zoo, while others choose to wow their guests with camels and other exotics. 

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These photographs were taken at a Purim event for Valley Torah Girls High School in Sherman Oaks. And as you can see, it wasn’t only the students that dressed the part, so did our camels.

Nadia and Joe were the guests of honor, giving many of the girls their first opportunity to not only see a camel in the flesh, but to also ride one.  Facebook and Instagram are priorities in the teenage world.  And nothing draws more attention, and more likes, than the image of something out of the ordinary to go “one up” on your friends.

We’d like to thank Valley Torah High School for having us, and look forward to being part of this event again.

CHAG PURIM SAMEACH!

Come See Us At Bass Pro

Many people call about potential visits to the ranch. Unfortunately, we are not open to the public.  But there are other ways to experience and enjoy the animals we have to offer, and one of those options will be provided this weekend. 

Giddy Up Ranch returns to the Bass Pro Shop in Rancho Cucamonga this coming Saturday and Sunday. You will find us setup in front of the main entrance between the hours of 11:00am – 5:00pm.  

As usual, we will have camel rides, pony rides, and a petting zoo.  We will also be introducing two of our newer camels, which includes our Bactrian “Harry” and baby camel ‘Wendy”. 

Speaking of babies, kids are in season.  Bring your little ones to interact with ours.  The petting zoo will be filled with baby goats, little lambs, piglets, guinea pigs and more. 

We understand that our mobile offers may not be in everyone’s budget, so we try our best to find alternate locations where you can come to us.   The Bass Pro shop has become of  those locations, and we make several appearances throughout the year.  Be sure to always check the “visit us” section of our website, to find the dates of those appearances, as well as other locations to serve you. 

Our Bass Pro pricing is as follows:

  • Camel Rides – $7.00
  • Pony Rides – $7.00
  • Petting Zoo -$5.00

Bass Pro Shops, 7777 Victoria Gardens Lane, Rancho Cucamonga, CA 91739

March 3rd and 4th, 2018   11:00am – 5:00pm

Grab your friends, family and cameras, and meet us there.