Horses lead Santa parade in Portsmouth


PORTSMOUTH — Oh what fun it was to ride in a two-horse open sleigh.

OK, ok — it was a wagon.

Two Rhode Island 4-H equestrian clubs delighted residents of Common Fence Point Sunday afternoon as they galloped through the neighborhood while escorting the big man himself, Santa Claus.

(Watch a short video here.)

Members of the Aquidneck Riders of Portsmouth and Team Riders of Richmond first gathered at the VFH Hall on Anthony Road, where they decorated the horses with ribbons, bows, bells and — in one case — antlers and a red nose.

Then a two-horse wagon holding Santa, driver Dan Kettle and lots of merry children led the parade of equestrians west down Massachusetts Boulevard. They took a right onto Attleboro Avenue, skirted the beach along Common Fence Point Boulevard, then criss-crossed the streets intersecting Rhode Island Boulevard.

It was then back to the VFW for some merriment and treats. 4-H members also collected donations of canned goods for the Rhode Island Community Food Bank.

The 4-H presented the parade as part of its mission of community service and citizenship. For more information, visit



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Thank you Jim, for covering our event. We are pleased to report that we collected 100 canned goods for the food bank from the generous people of Common Fence Point!

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That's fantastic, Laura! Hats off to the 4-H riders!

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A lifelong Portsmouth resident, Jim graduated from Portsmouth High School in 1982 and earned a journalism degree from the University of Rhode Island in 1986. He's worked two different stints at East Bay Newspapers, for a total of 18 years with the company so far. When not running all over town bringing you the news from Portsmouth, Jim listens to lots and lots and lots of music, watches obscure silent films from the '20s and usually has three books going at once. He also loves to cook crazy New Orleans dishes for his wife of 25 years, Michelle, and their two sons, Jake and Max.