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Sermon for equestrians

Sermon for equestrians

Oct. 21, 1945: Members of the San Fernando Horse Owners Assn. listen to a sermon delivered from an ox cart by Rev. Steward MacLennon at Providencia Rancho near Griffith Park.

A short story in the next morning’s L.A. Times reported:

Sitting astride their horses, more than 300 members of the San Fernando Horse Owners’ Association yesterday morning heard a sermon delivered from an ox card as the opening event of the fourth annual festival of the organization.

The fiesta was held at the Providencia Rancho adjoining Griffith Park.

Rev. Stewart MacLennan, former pastor of the Hollywood Presbyterian Church and now associated with the Pilgrimage Play, delivered the sermon at the service.

The equestrians rode past the ox cart pulpit and tossed their offerings on a blanket spread on the ground. The money was given to the Children’s Orthopaedic Hospital.

Following the services the riders turned their mounts to the bridle paths leading through Griffith Park for a one-hour ride. Later a barbecue dinner was served followed by a gymkhana.

This photo was published eight columns wide in the Oct. 22, 1945, L.A. Times.

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