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Meet the Horses and Park Rangers


Saturday June 1, 2024
11 am – 1 pm

Oakridge Estate Park
(Devonshire St., just West of Reseda Blvd)
18650 Devonshire St,
Northridge, CA 91324

Come and meet Sherman, a 26-year-old American Quarter Horse, and Archie, an 11-year-old American Quarter Horse, at the park for an engaging and interactive program. The Rangers will be bringing in the horses and setting up a static display featuring saddles, bridles, leg wraps, and grooming tools. While the horses are unloaded and saddled, the Rangers will share fascinating horse facts. At noon, there will be a brief presentation on the Thoroughbred history of this historic park, horse care, nutrition, Ranger duties, and more! Get up close to these magnificent equines to touch, feel, and even smell them. Don’t hesitate to bring all your questions about horses. Enjoy complimentary carrots and apples provided by the Northridge West Neighborhood Council.

The Recreation and Parks Equestrian Unit offers patrol, law enforcement, and emergency services in various Los Angeles and regional parks, focusing on key locations such as Griffith Park, Hansen Dam, Sepulveda Dam, and Elysian Park. The horses and riders also take part in community parades, park dedications, city ceremonies, and educational clinics. Some Rangers possess extensive horseback riding and farrier skills. These horses are carefully selected for their calm demeanors and friendly dispositions as they engage with the public of all ages in a variety of settings. Come interact with these gentle giants weighing 1,200 pounds, and feel free to take photos and selfies.

This event is proudly sponsored by the Northridge West Neighborhood Council, Council District 12, and the Department of Recreation and Parks. Meet your Northridge neighbors and community representatives, and enjoy light refreshments. Leashed dogs are welcome, and limited parking will be available at the park.

Discover Oakridge Estate Park, a Los Angeles Historic Cultural Monument #484 situated in the northwest corner of what was once Marwyck Ranch, later renamed Northridge Farms. Established in 1937 by movie star Barbara Stanwyck, Marion Marx, and Kentucky horseman Harry S. Hart, this 130-acre Thoroughbred stud farm boasted a six-furlong training track on Lassen Street. From the 1930s to the 1960s, Northridge was renowned as “the horse capital of the West.” This city park, managed by the Department of Recreation and Parks, opened its doors in 2019 and is part of the 10-acre historic Oakridge Estate. For more historical insights, visit

Bring your family and friends along for an unforgettable experience!


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