A Southern California Equine Foundation ambulance will back up the horses particpating in the Rose Parade in Pasadena, Calif., Jan. 2, 2006.The ambulance, which follows the fields at Del Mar, Hollywood Park, and Santa Anita Park and was donated to the SCEF by the Oak Tree Racing Association, is on loan to the Pasadena Tournament of Roses in the unlikely event a horse needs a lift.More than 300 equestrians participate in the annual parade, which takes place just a few miles from Santa Anita and the SCEF's main hospital on the racetrack's backstretch. The SCEF has donated one of its ambulances for use in the parade for more than 15 years. The foundation has two ambulances, and the parade is scheduled to wrap up before the start of racing at Santa Anita that afternoon.
The SCEF is a non-profit organization dedicated to the health and welfare of Thoroughbred racehorses at Southern California racetracks. It provides hospital facilities at Santa Anita, Hollywood, and Del Mar, with such diagnostic tools as radiology, nuclear scintigraphy, a full-service laboratory, and surgical suites.