Famed mini horse riding off into the sunrise


first_img They are all part of her business, Ragtime’s Ranch Movie Animal Rentals. Her animals appear in movies, commercials and television shows. Her Web site, www.ragtimesranch.com, has photos of all the animals. Even though she’s leaving Southern California’s entertainment industry, she hopes to continue finding film and television work for the pets, she said. “There is movie work in every state. … Colorado is where I’m being led to, like a dream come true,” she said. “I’m kind of scared, but excited.” In Colorado, Ragtime will live in a large heated basement during the winter, she said, adding, “I can’t stick him out in the snow.” Her husband, Rich, said he too is looking forward to the move, which should be completed early next month. “It looks like a real nice community,” he said. “It ought to be real nice for us.” Eric Leach, (805) 583-7602 [email protected] 160Want local news?Sign up for the Localist and stay informed Something went wrong. Please try again.subscribeCongratulations! You’re all set! AD Quality Auto 360p 720p 1080p Top articles1/5READ MORECoach Doc Rivers a “fan” from way back of Jazz’s Jordan Clarkson “Simi Valley will always have a special place in my heart,” Fairchild said while preparing for her move recently. “I love Simi Valley. It’s going to be very, very hard for me to leave.” After a two-year legal battle, a Ventura County judge ruled in 1989 that the Oakbrook Village Homeowners Association’s restrictions prohibiting livestock but permitting household pets in the Thousand Oaks neighborhood were not clear enough to eliminate the keeping of her miniature horse. Having grown sick of Thousand Oaks, which Fairchild called “a horrible, horrible memory,” her life turned more tranquil after she moved to Simi Valley. Before he was shipped Wednesday on a horse trailer to Colorado, the 19-year-old, 29-inch-tall equine had been living in a miniature barn in the backyard and coming inside the Simi Valley house like a pet dog. Fairchild is also taking with her to Colorado her other pets, including Ragtime’s 9-year-old wife, Sassy, several dogs and two cats called toygers, a new breed that resembles small tigers. SIMI VALLEY – Ragtime, the miniature horse that was once the focus of a bitter legal battle with the city of Thousand Oaks, is moving to Colorado with his owner and her menagerie of pets. The court battle with Thousand Oaks and a local homeowners association in the late 1980s generated nationwide publicity. The little horse was eventually featured on a Lassie television episode and in a 1998 film called “The Adventures of Ragtime,” starring Shelly Long. The horse’s owner, Patty Fairchild, found a warmer welcome when she moved to Simi Valley in the early 1990s, and local city officials even proclaimed Ragtime an ambassador of friendship in 1995. Although she hates to leave Simi, Fairchild said she couldn’t pass up the opportunity to move to a bigger home in the town of Castle Rock, south of Denver, near her daughter, Aimee, 34, and grandson, Joseph, 6. last_img

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