The Oakridge Estate News 2017

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:

January 21     February 18     March 18

10:00 a.m.

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.

Register Now

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 mile training track located on Lassen Street near Reseda Boulevard?

Northridge Farms Horses

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.

Saturday January 28, 2017
1 – 2:15 p.m.
Northridge Library
9051 Darby Avenue Northridge

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 speed”?

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.



Now you can Donate online!


If you prefer to donate by mail,
please mail your donation to:
Friends of Oakridge
P.O. Box #3973
Chatsworth, CA 91311

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818-739-0292 ext 3

Speaker's Bureau

The Friends of Oakridge Estate has a traveling Speakers Bureau that is eager to come speak to your civic organization, social club, or church group. Our power point contains the latest information on this historic preservation project with interior, exterior and vintage photos of the estate.The presentation is approximately 45 minutes followed by questions and answers. Space permitting, historic photos will be displayed prior to the presentation.

For more information and scheduling, please contact the Friends of Oakridge at or
818-739-0292 ext 3


Friends of Oakridge Informational Video

Where is the Oakridge Estate Located?

18650 Devonshire Street, Northridge, CA 

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J. H. Ryan Story / Northridge Farms | Historic Documents






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