After I purchased my ticket, I drove around Burbank to find lunch. I didn't have a destination in mind, but I stuck to Riverside Drive which is the street where the equestrian center is situated. Along the way, I passed several production studios, including Disney's, from which I concluded that I was headed towards the touristy areas. I eventually hit the part of town where eateries are plenty, and a burst of nostalgia made me stop at Bob's Big Boy. I hadn't been to a Bob's since I was a kid nor had I ever eaten at this particular location. Unsurprisingly, it was bustling with tourists, but there was no wait for counter seating. I ordered a pulled pork sandwich and a chocolate milkshake. The latter came out first so I had my dessert as an appetizer. Yum!
First of all, I encountered more dirt than lawn. It felt almost industrial, with all the tractors and trucks parked everywhere. No doubt I was only seeing a small portion of the equestrian center, but what I saw didn't beckon sightseeing. Also, stable areas are not really open for random visits, to my disappointment, and I got shooed away by an employee. Nor did I see many people on horses. In short, I couldn't discern much to see or to do at the center if one isn't there for an event or for riding lessons. I found a cafe and a couple of small gift and supply shops next to the box office but that was it.
|horse riding supply store|
|getting livestock ready for the show|
|Pony Express relay race!|
It was all super fun. The rodeo was scheduled to last 3.5 to 4 hours, and I tried to stick around for the whole thing, but I left at the 3-hour mark because the temperature had become so unbearably cold. I doubt that I missed much more, though, since things were winding down by then.