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!