Fiesta Horse Counting Winner!

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Starting at Cabrillo Boulevard at high noon on Saturday, the annual El Desfile Histórico made its way through downtown Santa Barbara. Floats, carriages, dancers, magnificent costumes, and of course horses, marched in the humid heat with hundreds of cheering them on.

This was the 93rd anniversary of the Fiesta Historical Parade and it's one of the nation's biggest equestrian parades. Sticking with tradition, the edhat staff stood amongst the crowd to count how many horses really were marching along. Per our usual requirements, donkeys and mules were not counted. However, something different was brought to Ed's attention this year. Mini horses. Do these count as horses or not? We thought long and hard about this new equestrian category, and after some internal calculating, Ed decided yes. Mini horses count as horses. Perhaps it's because "horse" is in the title of their name, but either way, they count!

After this new rule being established, that made the grand total of horses in this year's parade as 491. And how did edhat readers do? Pretty well actually! There were a lot of submissions within 50-75 horses. But, the closest was one reader who guessed 478, just 13 off the total number. Congratulations to Lucky777! That lucky username really comes in handy. You have won an edhat bag, two Old Spanish Days Fiesta shirts, and a Fiesta tote bag. 

Check out the below chart of horse counting through the years. 

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Lucky 777 Aug 06, 2017 11:34 AM
Fiesta Horse Counting Winner!

Oh TAGDES of course I am aware of the prejudice and controversy, is a mule worthy of being counted? Perhaps the EdHat staff will contemplate the inclusive option by next Fiesta. A girl can hope.

Flicka Aug 05, 2017 10:05 PM
Fiesta Horse Counting Winner!

Well, Lucky777, I will up the count by one next year. Due to a snafu I didn't ride this year. I have ridden mules in plenty of the Fiesta parades, but not next year. Congratulations! I won the contest last year so I didn't enter this time. I got nifty prizes.

tagdes Aug 05, 2017 09:01 PM
Fiesta Horse Counting Winner!

You won't be increasing the count next year by one because mules aren't counted. Amazing you won twice without even knowing that.

Lucky 777 Aug 05, 2017 05:33 PM
Fiesta Horse Counting Winner!

This is actually the second time I have won by guessing the number of horses for EdHat..... even though I ride a mule! And sadly I was not able to ride in this year's parade, Tobe Mule is slightly injured, so we will have to wait until next year when I can appear again as the Blue Nun and increase the count by one !

Flicka Aug 05, 2017 02:00 PM
Fiesta Horse Counting Winner!

Mini-horses are actually horses that have been bred down to a small size. Ponies are a different breed. The minis were first bred down to be pets of royalty children. Also used in mines to pull coal wagons out.

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