Guard of Ararat Shrine was formed in October 1924. For
many years, the membership of the Mounted Guard was made
up of persons who were connected to the Kansas City stockyards,
however in recent years, the members come from all walks
used by the Mounted Guard must be bay geldings with a
black mane and tail and must stand 15 hands 1 inch to
15 hands 3 inches. The only other color used is now white
horses which are used as the color guard.
and drill tack, equipment and oriental uniforms are owned
by the unit and are kept in a custom built trailer which
contains 32 individual saddle racks and all other necessary
has performed from coast to coast and border to border
including the Parade of Champions of North America. For
over 50 years they have been a part of the American Royal
Each member upon his election to Active Membership is required to have for his use a horse of the type acceptable to the Mounted Guard. Such horse shall be a Quarter-Type gelding, Bay in color with black mane and tail, having little or no white. Horses must be 15.1 hands to 15.3 hands tall (61 to 63 inches).
Proceeds from this event are for the benefit of
The Mounted Guard.
Payments are not deducted as charitable contributions.
The proceeds of this event will benefit
10,000 children who will attend the
Ararat Shrine Circus!
The idea of a special free Shrine Circus Performance
for school children was conceived by members of
the Mounted Guard several years ago. They had
presented their precision drill as a part of a county
fair program and they noticed how very much the
youngsters enjoyed the evening's entertainment.
The thought came to them that the youngsters
would really go for a circus. As a result, this
special circus performance became a reality.
This is the 54th Annual Special Shrine Circus
performance sponsored by the Ararat Mounted
Guard. During the years, attendance at the performance has grown
from approximately 3,000 to approximately 10,000
children. We know that the youngsters have fun at
this performance and we know that we enjoy it.