Friends of Oakridge is pleased
to announce several upcoming events for you and your friends.
Please mark your calendars!
Public House Tours – third
Saturday of the month. Register NOW for:
February 18 March 18
All tours are docent
led and approximately 1.5 hours in length. Tour details, parking
information and online payment information are provided when you
register. Tours fill quickly due to limited onsite parking. Call
your friends and register NOW! If you have questions, please
call 818 739-0292.
All Horse Lovers Saddle Up and
Gallop to Northridge Library
A presentation just for you!
Do you remember the Valley when it was filled with horse ranches?
Do you remember the ¾ mile training track located on Lassen Street
near Reseda Boulevard?
Please join Friends of Oakridge to
learn about Northridge’s remarkable, premier Thoroughbred breeding
operation Marwyck Ranch later renamed Northridge Farms. The 120
acre Marwyck Ranch, a combination of the owners names – Barbara
Stanwyck, Marion and Zeppo Marx, opened for business in August of
1937. Northridge Farms (1943-1961) was
considered the West Coast home of Thoroughbred Champions.
Friends of Oakridge volunteer,
Pat LoPresti, will “tell the story” of the Thoroughbred breeding
and training operation that existed at 10127 Reseda Boulevard from
1937 to 1961. The presentation will focus on the equine aspects of
what is now known as The Oakridge Estate. The principal
stars/Thoroughbred experts include: Barbara Stanwyck, Marion Marx,
Zeppo Marx, Harry S. Hart, Mary Strnad, J. H. and Annette Ryan,
Rosemary Ryan and Flavio Lomax. How much do you know about
Thoroughbred racing and the special breed that “sprints for pure
The most current research, dating back to 1936,
will accompany a slide show of the stallions, mare and foals that
grazed in the Northridge Farms pastures which were lined by white
painted fences and Pepper trees. The presentation photo collection
was donated to Friends of Oakridge by the Lila Lomax family.
Rosemary Ryan’s, daughter of J. H. Ryan, Oral History video will
also be shown.
Bob Bladow, photographer, slide show
creator and Oakridge display designer will be recognized for his
volunteer efforts at Oakridge since May 2011.