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Portola Valley: Plaque commemorates equestrian history

 

Portola Valley has unveiled a trail-side plaque commemorating local ranch history.

Hikers and equestrians will find the bronze plaque, with a picture of a horse named Ormondale, along the town’s Shady Trail, which extends from Golden Hills Drive to Cresta Vista Lane in Portola Valley.

Shady Trail was once part of a road system that connected the barns and fields of a 1,400-acre ranch, according to town historian Nancy Lund.

Ormonde, "the horse that once met Queen Victoria" and was often labeled the "horse of century" the 19th century, that is lived on the ranch for the last 11 years of his life.

His descendants include Gallant Fox, Omaha, Whirlaway and Citation, who are among the proud few to have won the American Triple Crown.

Locally, Ormonde is best known for having sired Ormondale, for whom the original Menlo Stock Farm and the school were later named.

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