Rising In Popularity

Llamas have slowly become the next big thing in the animal world, with several things contributing to its rise. These South American Natives, which were early pack animals for the Incas, have transformed from mountain laborers to the furry and lovable centerpieces for baby showers, weddings and so much more.

Thanks to animated classics like “The Emperor’s New Groove”, the cult-like following of “Napoleon Dynamite“, and the children’s book “Llama Llama red pajama”, the Llama is more identifiable today than it was 20 years ago. Today it is a petting zoo star, instantly capturing the attention of party guests, as it has surprisingly become one of the main attractions on display.

In the above photo, we have a llama being used as a prank, with the family believing he was a Christmas gift being delivered. But not all pranks go as planned, with the recipients instantly falling in love and welcoming the new addition to the family. Sadly, I had to break the bad news to the happy couple that was already planning a sleeping area for their new pet. Our lovely llamas are not for sale, but are always available for rent.

If you are considering a llama theme event or looking to add a V.I.P. to your next party, just give us a call and we will reserve yours today.

ICYMI: Good Day L.A.

Over the years, Giddy Up Ranch has become synonymous with birthdays and anniversaries. Whether it’s the city of Pico Rivera celebrating its 60th or children celebrating their first, we are often called upon to provide the party’s centerpiece.

Recently, Fox 11, along with its many viewers across Southern California, celebrated a very special anniversary.  And once again, Giddy Up Ranch answered the call.

The cast and crew of the Fox Television’s “Good Day L.A” morning show paid tribute to long time colleague, Tony McEwing, as he celebrated his 25th year as a broadcast member.  The celebration included the unveiling of a street now named in his honor, and a ride along that paved road on an unusual transport.

A big man requires large transportation.  And on this day, it was a camel that would parade him from one end to the other.  Though he first appeared hesitant, the King was finally aboard and presented to his loyal subjects.

Good Day L.A” is the most watched morning show in the city of Los Angeles, establishing a new ratings record in 2017.  Tony McEwing joined the FOX team in 1993.  Giddy Up Ranch is no stranger to the FOX set, appearing each December on the morning show, in its Heifer International promotional segment.

 

 

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.