Eighty years ago today – November 1, 1938 – over 40 million people listened excitedly to a radio broadcast of a horse race. It wasn’t just any horse race. It was the Race of the Century between War Admiral – legendary race horse, Triple Crown Winner and son of Man 0’War – and the underdog West Coast horse, Seabiscuit. The story of Seabiscuit is inspiring in many ways; the common-looking colt had lost the majority of races in his first racing season, and had been sold as a disappointment to California businessman Charles Howard. Seabiscuit was definitely “from the wrong side of the tracks” where elite racing was concerned, but the horse, along with his supportive owner, unconventional trainer and hard-luck jockey, went on to prove that the underdog can triumph, something that the American people struggling their way up out of the depression needed right then. Seabiscuit became an American legend, celebrated by books and cinema. Best of all, Seabiscuit is “our” horse – from right here in Willits, in Mendocino County. Ridgewood Ranch, between Ukiah and Willits, was the home of the Howards and Seabiscuit from his retirement until his death. The Seabiscuit Heritage Foundation was established to preserve the historic ranch and home of this local favorite, and continues to promote his story. Exciting new research is in the works; DNA analysis of Seabiscuit and his descendants is examining the specific genomes that created this miracle of a horse. Keep up with the news about Seabiscuit’s DNA studies at the Seabiscuit Heritage Foundation’s blog, and learn what else is going on at Ridgewood Ranch, at the Seabiscuit Heritage Foundation’s website. The Foundation offers tours of the historic ranch by appointment. Though the Race of the Century is 80 years old, Seabiscuit’s legacy lives on … including this year the first Thoroughbred descendant of Seabiscuit’s to be born at the historic ranch in 70 years!
Save, Learn, Win! Join us as we celebrate our Feed Greatness Feed Sale – 20% Off All Purina Feed! – at the Lakeport Rainbow Ag store on November 10, and at the Ukiah Rainbow Ag on November 11. Each day Purina feed specialist Jordan Baumgartner will be on hand to lead discussions on feeding your Flock, Livestock and Equines. There is also a BBQ lunch, give-aways, raffles, and a chance to win a special edition Orion 65 quart Cooler (a $499.99 value!). Whether you are feeding a flock of chickens, a ranch of livestock or a stable of horses, this is a great educational event … and save 20% on the Purina Feeds you know and love. Check out the complete schedule and details here: Lakeport November 10 Event, or Ukiah November 11 Event.
Preparing your ranch or home for the winter is yet another chore – do they ever end? – but the right equipment can make all the difference! If a new chain saw, trimmer, blower or mower is on your wish list, you won’t want to miss the Cost + 10% Sale on all Outdoor Power Equipment, Friday and Saturday November 2 & 3, at both Rainbow stores. Buy any Stihl, Husqvarna, Honda, BCS, Billygoat, (and more!) power equipment and pay only Rainbow’s cost, plus 10%! That’s a huge savings on the tools that will get those leaves blown, trees trimmed, and weeds knocked down before winter sets in. And, Rainbow’s trained OPE specialists will be on hand to demonstrate and help you choose the best tool for your job. Have you checked out the battery-powered trimmers and saws? Be clean, be ready with the all-new electric power equipment! November 2 & 3!
The Holidays are coming … when shopping for the holidays, Rainbow has you covered! You won’t want to miss our Black Friday Shop Local sale, Thanksgiving weekend (Rainbow will be closed on Thanksgiving Day). Get that shopping list off of your “to do” list, and find great gifts for everyone from the kiddos to granny, at Rainbow Ag. From home decor, to horse blankets, there is something for everyone at Rainbow, and we’ll gift wrap it up for you too!
Watch for the date of the big Holiday Party Sale in early December too! After hours fun for all of our favorite customers!
Is your horse ready for a new blanket? Save $10.00 on any horse blanket in stock, with this month’s Subscriber Coupon! Just download your coupon here>>
Trivia Contest! All correct answers will be entered in a random drawing for a $15.00 Rainbow Gift Card! Now, this one is a little tricky – the answer is in this newsletter but you may have to watch to find it! What was different about the start of the match race between Seabiscuit and War Admiral? Last month’s winner is Linda Lutjens, with the correct answer that Menne Ranch used pink twine on their hay bales for Breast Cancer Awareness Month! Enter this month’s drawing here>>