Wedding Crashers

Weddings are one of the world’s most extravagant events. Each will vary in size and theme, based on culture, religious beliefs and expenses. But there is one common link to these celebrations, being that the bride and groom are the focal point of this grand affair.

It is the bride that traditionally remains unseen before the ceremony. And depending on the culture and order of the wedding party, it is the groom that will then make his way to the alter, and sometimes do it aboard a camel.

The camel is most prevalent at Indian and Arabic weddings, but certainly is no stranger among the rest. Traditional American weddings can take on a new twist, just by adding one of these large animals to entertain and captivate guests. A royal affair demands royal attire, so camels are clad in the decorative garb for the occasion.

And just as the bride and groom, camels can also come in pairs, which enables husband and wife to parade side by side.

White Weddings

Prior to the mid nineteenth century, brides wore gowns of any color. Things soon changed thereafter, with white, the symbol of purity and innocence, becoming the premiere choice for modern brides.

Today, you wear a color other than white and you are “non-traditional”.

White is the long flowing gown and veil, and even the pale bouquet she carries in her hand.

White is the wedding cake and fixtures, as well as the animals for viewing in the wedding farm.


Live animals displays have become more common, as it allows newlyweds to add something a little different, while still remaining traditional. White sheep and goats transition from barnyard dwellers to wedding props, with a color that fits the scheme. Throw in white chickens, ducks and rabbits, and even a pale miniature cow, and the setting is nearly complete.

With soon-to-be husbands appearing in a black tuxedos at most traditional weddings, the Zebra instantly symbolizes the union of bride and groom. Beautifully groomed and displayed, these stripes instantly adorn wedding photographs and become a conversation piece for guests.

Planning a wedding is tedious, with most preparation beginning at least a year in advance. So when planning yours, consider detailing it with animals, and allow these four-legged fixtures to crash your party.

Higher Learning

For more than 30 years, Giddy Up Ranch has provided animals to public and private schools across Southern California. It is a hands-on education, as students get the opportunity to experience critters they have only read about in storybooks or saw on television and motion pictures.
It is a mobile field trip, which allows us to bring animals to your campus, instead of the institutions incurring the high cost of transporting children to outside venues. With animals displayed onsite, it also ensures full student participation, instead of allowing only an allotted few.

Our services are provided according to need, meaning every school package may be different. While preschool and kindergarten programs are more suited for pony rides and petting zoos, middle and high schools have more interest in animal presentations that may fit their curriculum or larger camels for homecoming entrances and prom display.

Institutes of higher learning have asked us to provide small animals for stress release before final exams, as well as a larger variety of exotics for student film productions and themed festivals.

For more than 30 years, we have proudly educated those in urban areas, teaching the difference between sheep and goats, llamas and alpacas, and ducks and geese. In many cases, that is more than 3 decades of repeat visits to the same institution. And when you put that in perspective, it means a child from the past may now have children of their own. Those children now experience the same barnyard sights and sounds as their parents once did—-with it all provided by the same service.

At Giddy Up ranch, it is more than just establishing partnerships with schools throughout Southern California. We can proudly say that in those 30 years we have also established traditions.

Riverside County Fair & Date Festival

Giddy Up Ranch will proudly be participating in the Riverside County Fair and Date Festival. This event is based in Indio, CA, beginning February 15 and ending on the 24th. Our services will include Camel rides and pony rides for fair patrons.

The Festival is celebrating its 73rd year, and also features a variety of food, musicians and other attractions. Bring the whole family and spend the day with us. Check the fair’s website for times and other information. You can also visit our website to keep track of weekly and upcoming events.

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.

 

 

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.