Friends of the Fort Ord Warhorse
Out on manuevers, Fort Ord, 1942. Associated Press photo
From 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 brief presence of these horses and the horse soldiers was quickly forgotten in the tumult of World War II, the station veterinary hospital built for the warhorses remained, "hidden in plain site" seventy years, till brought by to life by the Friends in 2010.
After the decommissioning of Fort Ord, the veterinary buildings and 35 acres were given to City of Marina by the National Park Service by the Federal Lands to Parks program, to become the "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 was instrumental in placing the Fort Ord Station Veterinary Hospital in the National Register of Historic Places—the first such official recognition on old Ford Ord.
The Friends invite you to celebrate the warhorse history of Fort Ord at our unique annual Fort Or Warhorse Day and Veterans Day Celebrations, held annually since 2010. In addition to advocacy for historical preservation, we work hard to preserve public access to the historical trails and greenways connecting Marina Equestrian Center Park with Fort Ord National Monument and Fort Ord Dunes State Park. Starting with the Sgt Allan MacDonald Cavalry Trail in 2009, we have gone to support the proposed 30-mile trail system now known as Fort Ord Recreation Trail and Greenway (FORTAG).
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.