seabiscuit heritage foundation

The Seabiscuit Heritage Foundation, is a 501(c)(3) non-profit organization, formed in 2004 to preserve and protect the cultural legacy of Ridgewood Ranch, the home and final resting place of the legendary racehorse, Seabiscuit, through historic preservation, and environmental conservation.

With the recent development of Glenn Riddle Farm (now a multi-million dollar gated community with two golf courses) home of Seabiscuit’s arch rival War Admiral and Seabiscuit’s great grandsire, the legendary Man ‘O War, Ridgewood Ranch becomes one of the few remaining sites that can remind of us of a time in our history, when a little racehorse became a depression-era hero and captured the imagination of an entire nation.

The National Trust for Historic Preservation designated Ridgewood Ranch as one of America’s 11 Most Endangered Historic Places in 2004. Seabiscuit’s newly restored stud barn was added to the National Register of Historic Places in 2014.

The Seabiscuit Heritage Foundation is dedicated to preserving the remaining 5,000 acres of Charles Howard’s Ridgewood Ranch by restoring historic buildings and conserving the Ranch’s creeks, oak woodlands, old growth redwoods and open rangeland. The SHF is working closely with the National Trust for Historic Preservation, Mendocino Land Trust and others, by developing a historic preservation management plan, seeking historic designations and preserving the buildings and landscapes that constitute the Seabiscuit and Howard legacy.

TOURS OF RIDGEWOOD RANCH

Historic Walking Tours of Ridgewood Ranch.
Visit the special place that Seabiscuit called home…the depression era hero that captured the imagination of an entire nation.
All tours are docent-led and available by reservation. You will experience the charm of this historic ranch and learn about the home of the legendary Seabiscuit. Historic walking tours are available beginning June 2nd, 2018 through September 22th, 2018, every Saturday at 9:00 AM, except when events are scheduled. Group tours for travel agencies are available by appointment. Send your inquiry to [email protected]

Tour cost is $20.00 per person, children under 11 years are free.
Mendocino County residents with proof of residency are $10.00.
Reservations are required. To book your tour, please visit the Store.

TOUR FEATURES

∙ View film footage of Ridgewood Ranch, including scenes of Seabiscuit’s 1940 homecoming, Red Pollard’s wedding and breathtaking horse racing scenes.
∙ View Seabiscuit memorabilia, hear historical facts, fun stories and poignant memories –
∙ Tour Seabiscuit’s Stud Barn, a National Historic Site, once part of Charles Howard’s first class Thoroughbred breeding operation –
∙ Visit the historic craftsman-style ranch house built by William Van Arsdale in 1905 –
Photo Policy: Photography for your private use is encouraged during your visit.
Permission is requested for commercial use.

All buildings are handicapped accessible. Only certified service pets, please. Ridgewood Ranch is a smoke-free campus.

Ridgewood Ranch is a privately owned, working ranch. Reservations are required.

CONTACT INFO

MAIL
Seabiscuit Heritage Foundation
16200 North Highway 101
Willits, CA 95490

PHONE
707.391.3872
EMAIL
[email protected]

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