Friends of the Fort Ord Warhorse
Cpl Walter J. Schweitzer of the 107th Cavalry jumping Big Cain over a jeep, Fort Ord, 1942
In 1940–1942, over 1400 horses and mules of the field artillery, cavalry, and quartermaster pack trains were stationed at the newly built cantonment of Fort Ord, on the Monterey Bay on the Californian central coast. Though the horses and horse soldiers were quickly forgotten in the tumult of World War II, the station veterinary hospital built for the equines remained, "hidden in place site" for seventy years.
In 1998, the buildings and 35 acres of land were given to the City of Marina by the National Park Service upon the decommissioning of Fort Ord, through the Federal Lands to Parks program. The city renamed this recreation area, "Marina Equestrian Center Park." Friends of the Fort Ord Warhorse is a powerful voice for the recognition and preservation of the historical buildings onsite, and in 2014 successfully applied for placement of the Fort Ord Station Veterinary Hospital in the National Register of Historic Places—the first such official recognition on old Ford Ord.
Friends of the Fort Ord Warhorse invites the public to come celebrate the warhorse history of Fort Ord with unique annual Warhorse Day and Veterans Day Celebrations since 2010. We're working hard to preserve public access to the historical trails and greenway connecting the Marina Equestrian Center Park with Fort Ord National Monument and Fort Ord Dunes State Park as well.
FFOW is all-volunteer, and our festivals are free and open to the public. We invite your interest, help, and contributions! Thank you for visiting our website.