Trick ropers and riders will keep the spirit of humorist Will Rogers alive Sunday at the seventh annual Equestrian Day at Will Rogers State Historic Park in Pacific Palisades. It's a chance to enjoy horses, polo and a bit of the Old West as Rogers and his family did.
The day begins with a polo match at 9:30 a.m. Polo has been played at the ranch since 1924. Families should bring a blanket to spread on the embankment overlooking the polo field, where most of the festivities will take place (there are no grandstands).
At noon, a country-Western band will entertain while visitors tour the ranch house and nature center. Short films of a young Rogers doing his spectacular roping tricks will be shown.
It's back to the polo field at 1:30 p.m. for the main event of the day, the equestrian show. The Grand Entry will include riders costumed as Buffalo Bill and Wild Bill Hickok. Hoofbeats of Norco, a team of square-dancing horses will perform. Peruvian Pasos, considered the smoothest riding horses in the world, will demonstrate their "Champagne ride" without spilling a drop. Also on the schedule: Bill Nolt, showing his skills with a bullwhip; a Wild West show with cowboys and Indians and 12-year-old trick roper Danny Trafton.