In Memory of this old horse
43rd Birthday in 1966
Roaney celebrated his 43rd Birthday on St.
Patrick's day, March 17, 1966. Actress, Quinn O'Hara &
county supervisor, William M. Dorn were at the party. The graying
Mustang was believed to be the oldest living horse in the United States
of America and of the world. He had a 60 pound Birthday cake.
Roaney lived at William
S. Hart Park
The bison were donated
to Hart Park by Disney
below: They are in the shade under
Roaney the horse lived at the William S.
Hart "Horseshoe Ranch" in Newhall, California.William
S. Hart was a cowboy silent movie star. He died in 1946. Mr.
Hart was close to friends Will Rogers
and artist Charles Russell. The ranch
is now a county park. It was 230 acres with buildings in 1960's. It was
willed to be a public park by Mr. Hart.
Besides the horses, residents of the park are, goats,
pigs, chickens, peacocks, deer, & bison. I took the color pictures
at the park in 1970. Mr. Hart willed that Roaney should live the rest of
his life at the Park & then be buried in the cemetery on the premises
beside Fritz, King Valentine, & Gentle, who served the star
during his movie career. Feather Merchant, 28 years old & Freak,
31 years old shared a paddock with Roaney.
There is a painting done of
William S. Hart and Fritz
The original painting has brilliant bright colors.
About Roaney: Mr.
Hart bought a new horse in 1935 to add to his string on his Newhall Ranch.
Roaney was a working cow pony in Arizona. Roaney became one
of Mr. Hart's favorite horses. He rode him quite often. Roaney came
from Wellington, Arizona in 1935 according to Lloyd P. Hiatt, who was regional
supervisor, who directed the William S. Hart Park. John Imperial, who came
from same part of Arizona in 1928, was Mr. Hart's caretaker, who was still
there in 1969. He took Roaney for walks down the hillside pasture
each morning then put him in the corral near the park gate where he greeted
visitors and accepted sugar and carrots from people. I too, saw Roaney
in the corral when touring the park. He was calm, quiet & shorter
than the other horses in the corral. In 1966 Roaney's once dark
glossy coat had turned gray and his eye were bright and legs were strong.
He eventually acquired chronic arthritis. The graying Mustang was believed
to be the oldest living horse in the United States of America and of the
world. Roaney lived with 12 other horses younger than he. Another
horse named "Gentle" that Mr. Hart owned died in 1965
at age 39. At the age 45 on a Friday morning at 9:15 am (pacific time)
Roaney passed away. He would have been 180 years old, if his life
span were measured by the life expectancy terms of man.
Update : May 1998
Roaney died April 26, 1968 at William S. Hart Park.
Special Thanks to Mr. Leon Warden, Editor of, "Old Town
Newhall Gazette" for providing the missing date.
Above: care taker, Mr.
Imperial with Roaney
(1966 & 1967)
Stars & Horse Stars
Story about Hart & his favorite
Links to some more famous horses
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