Ron & Carmen Smith
Opening Day - June 2nd, 2001
Sure of foot, steady of eye, the spirit of a real horse rides with Goldie - a carousel horse ready to step out with the Oregon Mounted Posse.From her ceremonial trappings to her traditional western saddle, Goldie is inspired by a man who loved horses and a horse with a sense of duty, a sweetly spirited sorrel once owned by Carmen Smith's stepfather, Van Wieder.
In the 1940s, when Van and his wife, Margaret, owned and operated Wieder's Salem Laundry, he had served as a member of the Governor's Guard and Oregon Mounted Posse, a group of horse enthusiasts who appeared at parades and ceremonies. Goldie was his partner, the mare that Van rode during those appearances.