Rocky Aguilar was born on Nov. 25, 1924 in San Gabriel and passed peacefully on March 16, 2015 in San Juan Capistrano. Aguilar, a Gabrielino Indian, was in the U.S. Navy for 12 years prior to owning horse stables in San Gabriel, Azusa, Glendora and Chino. In 1958, Aguilar began boarding horses in San Juan Capistrano. He owned Rocky’s Capistrano Corral for 30 years, until 1988. Aguilar was a part of the San Juan Capistrano community for more than 60 years and rode in the Swallows Day Parade for decades. He also trained the original horses for Medieval Times, for TV shows like “Bonanza,” and for celebrities, including Shirley Temple Black. During his lifetime, Aguilar taught more than 1,000 children how to ride horses.
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