Will Rogers

It all started with a man and his love for horses. Will Rogers State Historic Park is filled with the memory of Will Rogers, a great humorist, comedian, actor, vaudeville performer, humanitarian and first of all lover of horses and people.

Throughout Will’s life he owned horses and his children had horses and rode in the park. You can come early and go over to the historic barn next to the main riding arena, and go inside and see where his horses were boarded. Outside of the barn, look to the ocean and remember why Will built the barn at exactly this spot – so his horses could get the best view. Outside the barn two of Will’s favorite horses are buried – ‘Soapsuds’ and ‘Bootlegger’.

When you come to your riding lesson or trail ride at Will Rogers State Historic Park, take time to stop by the ranch house, where Will lived with his wife Betty and their kids.
It is free, and tours are available on the hour Saturdays and Sundays (10AM-4PM), as well as pre-scheduled during the week.

Will loved horses, and we are proud to be part of keeping his memory alive by providing horses and riding to as many people as possible.

‘A man that don’t love a horse, there is something the matter with him’

‘If he has no sympathy for the man that does love horses then there is something worse the matter with him.’
– Will Rogers
Will Rogers was an accomplished polo player. Book your first polo lesson today at Westside Riding School, and try to experience the park like Will did.