Seabiscuit, the legendary race horse and subject of a 2003 motion picture, lived and is buried at Ridgewood Ranch along Hwy 101 in Willits. In 1936 San Francisco auto salesman Charles Howard paid $8,000 for Seabiscuit and hired trainer Tom Smith and jockey Red Pollard to race him. Together they turned a moderately successful 3-year-old, regarded by many as lazy, into a champion and one of the greatest racehorses in history. They seemed to embody the American spirit, and gave hope to millions of Americans during the Great Depression. With one victory after another, Seabiscuit helped lift the spirits of our country’s struggling and often despairing citizens, and became one of the greatest icons of his era.
The Seabiscuit Heritage Foundation is a nonprofit organization formed to promote the cultural legacy of Ridgewood Ranch, the home and final resting place of this legendary racehorse. Through historic preservation, environmental conservation and public education, the foundation’s ultimate goal is to create a living museum by continuing Ridgewood’s 150-year history as a working ranch. Individuals and groups are welcome to take a guided tour of Ridgewood Ranch, Seabiscuit’s stud barn (named a US National Historic Site in January of 2014), and Charles Howard’s historic craftsman-style ranch house. To schedule a reservation or for individuals interested in contributing to the preservation and conservation of Ridgewood Ranch, call or visit its website.